Moving on from Tarragona (see the blog here) we arrived at Peniscola. We had stopped off here previously a couple of years ago – that part of the trip in 2015 is blogged here. On that occasion we’d moved from a relatively small town to Peniscola which is quite large and bustling. It didn’t really work for us at the time however we liked the area and thought we should give it another try. This time we stayed on a larger and very popular campsite just behind the seafront.
This time we felt far more at home here. There was good cycling to be had both along the coast and inland. The run north along the coast to Benicarlo by bike made a pleasant ride. Benicarlo is a thriving town with a very good market. The seafront at Peniscola is very good indeed as is the small bay to the south of the town. The weather was not always perfect as can be seen but mostly it was good enough.
We quickly realised that the old town – on the promontory – offered plenty of options for views and cafes. The architecture and old buildings were interesting. The castle at the top of the town was extremely interesting and had once been a papal palace. The breakfast with home made bread and jam on one of the small streets there was great.
We found that there were some pleasant bars on the walls of the old town. Sitting there looking inland at the sunsets and last light was so worthwhile. The evening light generally was very good and we did find it a pleasant place to chill out and enjoy coastal Spain for a while. I certainly would not rule out stopping off there again in the future. After Peniscola we went a very short distance down the coast to Alcossebre – somewhere we had never been before and that is the subject of the next blog here.