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An absolutely wonderful sunny warm day. We headed out to visit Peñíscola

Peñíscola is often called the"Gibraltar of Valencia," and locally as "The City in the Sea" It is a fortified seaport built on a rocky headland and joined to the mainland by a narrow strip of land. Its dominant feature is as you expect a castle built by the Knights Templar between 1294 and 1307 although there had been an older castle on the site. In the fourteenth century it was garrisoned by the Knights of Montesa, and in 1420 it reverted to the Crown of Aragon. From 1415 to 1423 it was the home of the schismatic Avignon pope Benedict XIII (Pedro de Luna) after he had been deposed from the papacy during the 15th century Church schisms. In 1960 the castle was restored, improved and new walls were added when Anthony Mann's film El Cid was partially filmed there. The town and castle of Peñíscola played the role of Valencia

We parked away from the town along the promenade and therefore enjoyed a lovely walk into the town with views across to the rocky headland. The town was such a fun place to explore with narrow streets (a bit touristy) great views along the coast and some interesting buildings to explore.

Would highly recommend.

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