During a getaway with children in the Region of Valencia you should not forget to visit Peñíscola, a coastal town in the province of Castellón, also known as the City by the Sea. We are going to show you some plans that you should not miss when visiting Peñíscola with children.
Visit the historic town center
The old town of Peñíscola is well worth a visit. With very young children it is worth opting for a baby carrier, because the old town has narrow, steep streets with cobblestones. Can you find the house of the seashells? This curious house has a façade covered with seashells, as the name suggests.
In the old town it is also worth looking for the windhole. It is located in a cul-de-sac very close to the Museo del Mar. The Museo del Mar is an interesting little museum to visit with children to learn about the history and seafaring tradition of Peñíscola.
Visit the castle
Peñíscola Castle, known as Papa Luna's Castle, is a Templar castle on the highest point of the rock. Children will love exploring all its nooks and crannies, from the dungeons to its courtyards, climbing up and down its towers and enjoying the breathtaking views over the Mediterranean Sea.
The admission includes a visit to the Artillery Park; a botanical garden with palm trees and native plants from the Sierra de Irta Natural Park, which also houses a refuge for birds of prey.
Visit the Sierra d’Irta
If you enjoy the outdoors, a visit to the Sierra d'Irta Natural Park is a must. It is an area of almost 8,000 hectares of land and nearly 2,500 hectares of sea. There are several short hiking routes that are easy to do with children.
Enjoy the beach
On the Peñíscola website you can find a list of the beaches and coves in town. Playa Norte is one of the most familiar beaches. This beach is closer to the old town, ideal for combining a visit to the beach with a stroll through the streets of Peñíscola.
Where to stay
If you decide to stay overnight in Peñíscola, we can recommend you these accommodations:
Aparthotel & Spa Acualandia: Located on the seafront, in front of the promenade, 2 km from the town centre. Highly specialised in family tourism. The aparthotels of the Mediterráneo Hotels chain in Peñíscola are the only 4-star hotels on the whole of the Costa de Azahar.
Hotel & Spa Peñíscola Plaza Suites: This hotel establishment is the only family holiday resort in Peñíscola. It is located on the seafront of the North Beach of the charismatic town.
Apartamentos Tamarindos: Apartamentos Tamarindos Peñíscola is a quiet and ideal place for a family holiday. Located in front of the north beach of Peñíscola where you can enjoy the Mediterranean Sea just by looking out of the window.
Gran Hotel Peñíscola: The Gran Hotel Peñíscola is located between Peñiscola and Benicarló, on the beachfront, opposite the new seafront promenade. It has 437 rooms, most of them with sea views and equipped with all services.
Acuazul Aparthotel & Spa: The only 4-star Aparthotel on the Costa de Azahar certified by the Spanish Institute for Tourism Quality (ICTE) with the "Q for Tourism Excellence" and by the Spanish Federation of Large Families with the "Family Tourism" seal.