Welcome to Peñíscola
Peñíscola’s old town, all cobbled streets and whitewashed houses, huddles within stone walls that protect the rocky promontory jutting into the sea. It’s pretty as a postcard, and just as commercial, with ranks of souvenir and ceramics shops. By contrast, the high-rises sprouting northwards along the coast are mostly leaden and charmless. But the Paseo Marítimo promenade makes for pleasant walking, and the beach, which extends as far as neighbouring Benicarló, is superb, sandy and more than 5km in length. Peñíscola is quiet in low season, but there's enough on to not make it spooky – and you'll have the old town to yourself.