Peñíscola, Sity by the Sea

              The town of Peñíscola, situated in the north of the Community of Valencia, is set in a privileged part of the Spanish Mediterranean. The municipality of Peñíscola covers 79 km2, 17 of which run parallel to the coastline, an area which is fairly distributed betwenn woodland areas and warm Mediterranean groves of oranges, olives an almonds.

            The old city, which is crowned by a XIV century castle-stronghold an was the residence of Pope Benedicto XIII, stand on top of an impressive rochy crag which rises 64 metres above the blue sea. A sandy isthmus joins it to the mainland, which in the past was swept by waves in the midst of storms, turning the city into an ephemeral island.

            Providing a contrast with the old quarters are the modern streets and Wide avenues of the tourist area. Warm waters in summer an autumn are shared between the extensive beaches of fine sand which lie the fortress, and the beatibul coves flanked by steep cliffs which can be found to the south.

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