Peñíscola The Essential
Peníscola is doubtless the prettiest town on the Costa del Azahar. This rocky peninsula (the name comes from the Latin word "peninsula") is anchored in the sea and forms a mass of whitewashed houses tightly packed together within its walls. At the summit, the imposing fortress was the last refuge of antipope Benedict XIII, Pedro de la Luna (1394-1423). Long beaches extend around the town, skirting a modern seaside resort with a number of apartment blocks. In the late afternoon, activity is centred on the fishing port, located at the foot of the old town.