Peniscola, in the north of Valencian Comunity, lies in a privileged spot in the Spanish Mediterranean. The city is joined to the mainland by a spit of sand that used to be swept away by the waves during storms, turning the city into an ephemeral island.Peñiscola offers the vast beaches of fine sand in the north of the citadel and the beautiful coves flanked by steep cliffs in the south.
The excursion to Peniscola started for students of Spanish with a visit of the Castle from XIV century, which occupies a hill that rises 64 meters above the blue sea. The Castle is in the ancient city and was home of Pope Benedict XIII. The Castle, built by the Knights of the Templar on the remains of an ancient Arab citadel, underwent minor alterations under the rule of Benedict XIII, being transformed into a papal palace.At the top of the Castle, the group of Spanish students could admire the picturesque views of the city and the sea. It was nice for them to sit and respire the peaceful air of Peniscola.
After visiting the castle, a little bit hungry, the students of Spanish went to discover the narrow streets nearby, to find a restaurant of the regional specialties. Peñíscola boasts several establishments where visitors can sample its cuisine. What better way to enjoy these painstakingly prepared dishes than relaxing in the Old Town, along the five kilometres of coast at the Playa Norte or Playa Sur in any of the narrow, cobbled streets that are the prized treasures of the local population or taking in the views of the Mediterranean Sea and its waves washing ashore.. Valencian paella, paella with seafruits, different fish and salads – the students of Spanish from Costa de Valencia, Spanish school had the opportunity to taste whatever they wanted in a nice and quite cheap restaurant.
Satisfied by the very good food, the students left the restaurant and took a walk along the street leading up to the castle, where they could find a lot of shops with souvenirs, clothes and accessories. They bought some presents for their families and friends, but also souvenirs for themselves, which will remind them their stay in Spain: fans, jewelry, hats etc ...
And now, what to do? Tired with the heat, the decision was easy: Let´s go swimming! There is nothing more pleasant than enjoying the unique beaches of Peñiscola, lapped by the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
In the afternoon, the students of Spanish came back to Valencia, very satisfied with this trip to Peniscola. Let´s see what are the socio-cultural activities scheduled by the Spanish school for next week! The Picassent celebrations already in the planning! Learning Spanish in Valencia is an unforgettable adventure!