Peniscola

Peñiscola is a beach resort, centred around the beautiful isthmus walled castle and old town citadel. A bike lane runs the 5km beach promenade from Benicarlo. Our MTB excursions access the north entrance of the Serra de Irta Natural Park at Font Nova, just south of Peñiscola.

In summer, the population increases ten fold, with hundreds of shops, bars and restaurants including the famous "Mandarina" lounge bar. We ride all the way from The Bike Inn in Calig via Benicarlo or direct to Peñiscola climbing the adjacent hills off road.

Peñiscola has a long and curious history. Once the official seat of the Vatican, the pope “Papa Luna” was eventually excommunicated as a heretic. The castle is well worth a visit. The Knights Templar were responsible for most of the construction, although a fortified town has been here since Moorish Arab Spain.

The maritime port has guided boat tours of the Columbretes islands just off the coast and  boat trips skirting the coast of the natural park.