This morning we moved sites, we left the countryside and are now camped at Camping Eden situated about 100 metres from Peniscola Beach with very clean facilities, large pitches, a lovely pool, (yet to be ventured into) and At €19 per night is worth it. You get what you pay for.
After lunch at the campsite, we took a walk to the old town and the Castle that sits inside stone walls on a rocky headland jutting into the sea. (As we walked towards the old town Tony said that it reminded him of Weymouth and I cannot for the life of me work out how, perhaps it was the curve in the beach as you walked towards the headland and the two works of sand art that we passed along the way!) The old town is very pretty with narrow streets, plenty of restaurants and rather a lot of souvenir and ceramics shops, some tacky enough to sell a pot with a penis for a spout.
We paid to visit the castle €3.50 for a senior ticket and €5.00 for an adult and were given a small guide in English. The Castle of Peniscola was erected by the knights Templar, completed by the Montesianos in the 14th century and later modified by Pope Luna.
The castle is empty but you can go into various rooms including those that used to house the service quarters, an old stable, a large gothic hall, with walls of carved stone and the coat of arms of Commander Cardona. There is also the church of the Castle, with one nave, a rounded roof on a semicircular apse formerly dedicated to the Virgin Mary and the Three Wise Men. I know this because it says so in the guide but somehow, and extremely embarrassed to admit, that we managed to miss going inside but we did see if from the outside after we left the Castle!
From the top of the castle there are superb views as far as you can see north and south along the coastline.
As you look west from the Castle you can also see that there are 2 beaches at Peniscola divided by a spit of land that leads to the old town. The main beach is over 5km long and extends as far as Benicarlo in the north. There is a cycle path that runs from Peniscola to Benicarlo along the Paseo Maritimo.
We walked down to the harbour to watch the fishing boats preparing for their next trip then strolled back along Paseo Maritimo. It’s an easy walk from the campsite to the Castle about 1.5km each way.