The city of Papa Luna is my favorite along the Azahar coast. I love the fortress elevtated on the rocks like a lookout along the coast. Peñíscola has something about it that just draws you in. I think it’s the strong simple, passive, marine feeling surrounding the town.
Six hundred years of historical mystery, legends, ghost stories, miracles, and diabolic presences fill the Muslim castle that Pedro de Luna (also known as Benedict XIII) resided in during the 15th century.
Called “Papa del Mar” (Pope of the Sea), he was an enigmatic and controversial person. It’s said that the his fascination with studying the templar knights, which made Peñíscola known as an enclave of grate spiritual and esoteric power, where thanks to the cross of energy they used to obtain altered states of mind, extra sensorial perceptions and phenomenal paranormals.