Thanks to the cult classic “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara”, Spain has crept its way into every Indian travel junkie’s bucket list. Whilst Barcelona, Madrid, Sevilla are the most visited and raved about cities in Spain, this beautiful country has so much more to offer.
On our recent trip to Valencia, we took a day trip to the beautiful and sunny beach city, Peniscola. An hour and a half drive from Valencia, this place is definitely a must visit for a zillion reasons. After reaching Peniscola we really regretted that we had only planned for a day trip and should have ideally stayed and chilled there. It was that laid back and beautifully serene.
Also a fun fact for the Thrones fans, a certain part of the “City of Mereen” was shot here, so it definitely has a medieval vibe to it. So without boring you further, let me tell you 4 elephant sized reasons why you must include to visit this paradise of a place on your visit to Spain!
1.Stroll through the Medieval market
This stunning medieval market is at the foot of the Papa Luna castle and instantly lifts up your spirit with fresh street food aroma and locals dressed in traditional attire singing and playing folk music with their bagpipes. The cobbled streets are packed with sun and pure joy. You will not see a single modern installation like antennas or electric lines which is carefully not done so to maintain the authenticity of the place.
2. Turn back time at the Papa Luna Castle of Peniscola
It is a symbol of pride for the Valencian community and this castle dates back to the 1st century BC. What I felt when I entered the castle was that as if time had turned back. All that I missed was a sword and a suit of armour. Of course, I am no lady, has never been (get it, get it?? Thrones fan will do, others move on). Some part of the Game of Thrones were shot in this very castle, bless its medieval feel.
3. Take a cheesy picture at the La Casa de las Conchas (Sea Shell walls)
As you walk down from the castle by the Mediterranean sea, you can find cute little cafes overlooking the bay and tourists and locals dressed in white and blue cottons, sipping coffee or wine. It is a view to behold, it is too beautiful to describe. This wall is located along that path and completely adorned with sea shells from the ceiling to bottom with cute cerulean windows and doors. If this is not the perfect place to click a corny picture with your loved one, I do not know which other place would do!
4. Relish the Valencian Paella with a view
Last but not the least! Paella may be the national dish of Spain, but its origin within Spain is from Valencia. So when you are in Valencia, do enjoy this tantalizing dish filled with local sea food like mussels, prawns, squids and what not. To describe Paella for the Indian palette, it is round rice cooked in a flat pan on open fire, by adding green beans, saffron, tomatoes and most importantly the meat of the season. It is finger licking good, trust me.
Every nook and corner of this beautiful half island is a photo place. At times, it reminds you a little bit like those famous photos of Greece that we see quite often on Instagram, with white and blue everywhere.
After roaming through the city for the entire day, clicking some zillion pictures and a tummy full with delicious Paella it was time for us to leave, but not without a final goodbye picture 🙂
Hope you enjoyed this post and do let me know your thoughts!