One of my favourite places to visit in the Costa del Azahar region in Spain is the little historic town of Peniscola (yep, I know how English-speaking people are going to pronounce this name,a bit unusual, isn’t it…). This year we took about oldest, Miss A. for a visit with us. And did we have a good time!
We targeted late afternoon-early evening so that the weather would be a bit cooler, and more importantly, we would see the fabulous sunset too (having seen few times the famous sunsets in Hawaii I’d rate this a bit better). This city has now spread outside the original historic boundaries of the fortress and castle on the hill, built more than 700 years ago by the knights – but the historic part is definitely the best part of the town. it is full of charm with super narrow, little stone-covered – and quite steep streets, scattered with tons of little tasty (and still very well-priced) restaurants and shops. Fun, fun and fun.
Once the sun starts setting down the beach is the place to be to enjoy the views, as well as some sand sculptures that artists have been working on all day long. Shops stay open late at night and there is that holiday buzz going on with music, clubs and street after street filled with outdoor restaurants offering tapas, seafood, and of course sangria. A lot of history and so much fun is all we can say – until the next visit…
I’m a sucker for romantic scenes with palm trees and sea
Old fortress is all around the old cisty
Old guard towers…
Lovely little, narrow streets with pretty patterns made out of small stones
Enter the castle
Pretty little details
Not for the faint-hearted. the protective walls are pretty low or non-existent
Private gardens of the castle – now also an eagle sanctuary
Views of the city on one side…
…and then the other side together with the bell tower
This was a national holiday and there were music performances
Parking is not easy here, not to talk about people who live in the old city – some streets aren’t even wide enough for the cars
Market stalls and more market stalls!
And of course flowers…
…and then palm trees. The beach had several sand artwork creations to look at
Freeling a bit parisian with these lights and pink clouds