Peñíscola, suffused with the spirit of the Mediterranean Sea and rooted in fertile land, boasts a wealth of culinary diversity that makes it a unique treat for the senses.
Fishing, closely linked to the local population, has had a hand in the development of countless flavours and aromas related to the sea in Peñíscola over the centuries. All i Pebre de rape (monkfish cooked with pepper and garlic), Suquet de peix (fish stew), shellfish, caragols punxents (spiny dye-murex), which has “denomination of origin” status in Peñíscola, crayfish and prawns are just some of the examples of the wealth of our cuisine.
Peñíscola is a direct descendant of the renowned salubrious Mediterranean diet. Artichokes, asparagus, onions, aubergine, broad beans… join together to become an exquisite dish. And we mustn’t forget about the rice which, accompanied by the finest seafood and fresh produce, is enough to satisfy even the most discerning of palates.
And there’s no better way to round off an exquisite meal than with tasty pastissets de carabassa (pumpkin pulp with honey and cottage cheese) or flaons de Peñíscola (cottage cheese and almond cake) which will allow tourists to savour the legacy of the various cultures and civilisations that have left their mark on the City in the Sea.
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.
The ancient city, its history and people of Peñíscola offer the sensation of time standing still so that each visitor can have a truly unique experience.