Castle of Peníscola

C/ Castillo s/n 12.598 Peñíscola (Castellón)

Cultural Visit

The areas open to visitors, managed by the Castellón Provincial Council, comprise the castle itself and the Artillery Park, which surrounds the perimeter of the fortress overlooking the sea. The castle was erected by the Knights Templar between 1294 and 1307, when the Order was on the verge of extinction.
These walls also gave shelter to Benedict XIII "Pope Luna" who spent his final years in this fortress, between 1411 and 1423, transforming the castle into a pontifical palace and defending his legitimacy as Pope until his death. Both the Knights Templar and Pope Luna survived their own tragedy and have their place in history today.
The Artillery Park is a military area with batteries, tunnels and ramps that connect with the maritime zone. The gardens that surround them were created in the 20th century.

In the lower area, you can visit the fortifications built in the time of Philip II, in order to modernise the defences of the medieval castle and combat the attacks of pirates and the Turkish Navy.

The upper area of fortifications and gardens connects with the medieval castle and with the lighthouse enclosure.

The lighthouse building was built at the end of the 19th century and was converted into a visitor reception centre in 2017. From the square around the lighthouse you can see the 13th century tower of Pope Luna and, next to it, the bastion that protects the entrance built in the time of Charles I and the stairs of Pope Luna. These are located in the fortifications on the east side, 45 meters above sea level.

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Winter (From October 16 to Easter):

  • From Monday to Sunday from 10:30 to 17:30

Summer (From Easter to October 15):

  • From Monday to Sunday from 09:30 to 21:30

Closed on:

  • January: 1st and 6th
  • September: 9th
  • October: 9th
  • December: 25th


  • Castillo St., no number, 12.598 Peñíscola, Castellón
How to get there:

The main access roads by car are the following:

  • From Barcelona through AP7 direction South exit 43.
  • From Castellón-Valencia through AP7 direction North exit 43