Peñiscola is a town in the province of Castellón, on the Costa del Azahar, in Spain. It's more evident trademark is the impressive castle on the shore, built by the Knights Templar in the 14th century.
Since the middle ages Peñiscola has always been linked to it's castle. First as an impregnable muslim fortification, and later as a Templar castle and palace of the pope Benedict XIII (Papa Luna).
After the 20th century the city has relied on tourism as its main economical motor. Films like El Cid (1962, Anthony Mann) have helped to popularize it.
The Benicarló-Peñíscola train station is actually located in Benicarló, around 10 Km from Peñiscola. There are buses connecting the train station with Peñíscola in summer, and Renfe  offers in summer (at least in 2014) free transport on them by showing the train ticket at the bus. The trip takes around 20 minutes.
For people not travelling in summer it may be a good option to travel by train to Vinaros, just 7 Km further, as the bus connections to Peñiscola are more frequent. The bus stop is not immediately obvious when exiting the Vinaros Renfe station; you need to cross the parking lot to reach the main street in front of a high school, but stay on the side of the street closer to the train station as the southbound bus to Peñíscola stops on this side. (When in doubt, ask the station agent). The buses are managed by Autos Mediterraneo  and it takes about half an hour to reach Peñíscola (Plaza Constitución). The fare as of Oct 2015 is 1,50€ one way.
Peñíscola lacks a bus station, but still a few bus companies run buses to the city.
From the Autopista del Mediterráneo AP-7 take the exit 43 to Peñíscola-Benicarló. Afterwards change to national road N-340 until the crossing with the CV-141. Continue throught the CV-141 to the CV-140, leading directly to Peñíscola.
Even having officially the classification of a city, Peñíscola has actually the size of a medium town. That means that distances are pretty short and not a problem to walk.
Still in summer there are four bus lines, being Plaza de la Constitución the main stop connecting them.
The Tourist Info Office is located in Paseo Marítimo.
Monuments and museums
The entrance costs 5.00 € (3.50 € concession). Opening times: Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 21:30 in summer, 10:30 to 17:30 in winter.
From Peñíscola , motor launches depart from the Fishing Port at 8 am on Saturdays and Sundays to the Islas Columbretes, coming back at 19:00. The trip costs 50 €. (Telefon: 964480200, E-mail: [email protected]).
The Natural Park of Sierra d'Irta offers opportunities for hiking, mountain-bike tours, horse riding and quads.
The old part around the castle is full of shops, from fashion to souvenirs.
The caragols punxents (murex snails) are very important for the local cuisine, along other seafruits, fishes, rice and vegetables. Dishes like the all-I-pebre de rape (monkfish in garlic and paprika sause) or the suquet de peix (fish pieces with a light sause and potatos) can be tasted in several restaurants.