When the Mediterranean town of Peñíscola hosted a special screening of episode one of the 6th season of Game of Thrones, its inhabitants were not realizing how life would change from then onwards for the cosy medieval town.
Strategically located in the Mediterranean coast, Peñiscola is a small town (7,000 people) but a very popular destination amongst French and German tourists. Often known as “The City in the Sea”, it’s a fortified seaport, with a castle and a lighthouse, built on a rocky headland about 220 feet (67 m) high, and joined to the mainland by only a narrow strip of land.
The history of the site goes back to the Iberians, later the Greeks, then the Carthaginians and the Romans. The current castle was built by the Knights Templar in the 14th Century, it became home of the schismatic Pope Benedict XII (also known as Papa Luna).
After the first episode in season six of HBO hit series was aired, the town experienced an increase in tourist and added more popular tourist attractions to the traditional beaches and popular family holiday resorts. Game of Thrones has been a ground-breaking series, earning critical acclaim and record ratings, and it’s definitely been good for the travel and tourism industry, specially for those places picturesque enough to appear in the series, just like Peñíscola.
Day trips and excursions to Peñíscola and other medieval towns such as Xativa or Requena are organized by Euroace. Contact us here.