All Peñíscola inhabitants participate in the festivities in honour of the Ermitana Virgin, the city’s patron saint, with special fervour and devotion. During the festivities, numerous events are organized (Naming of the Queen and her Court of Honour, fireworks, traditional dances, running of the bulls, concerts, etc.) which make these days unforgettable for everyone visiting us.
During Christmas, several events take place in Peñíscola, including The Living Virgin Mary, the popular Medieval Market, the arrival of Santa Claus, and the Parade of the Three Wise Men.
THE HOLY WEEK (Easter)
The Holy Week is celebrated in main Spanish cities with the characteristic and beautiful passion floats, penance processions, and confraternities. The Papal City joins this celebration—starting on Palm Sunday and finishing on Resurrection Sunday—in a unique atmosphere of spirituality and devotion.
SAINT JOHN’s EVE (Summer Solstice)
Internationally known and celebrated, it is said Saint John’s Eve hides the magic of times past. The Peñíscola beach is the setting of bonfires and fireworks while people sing habaneras. It is a day like none other: nature, men and women and the stars celebrate this night charged with great power and magic.
12TH PEÑÍSCOLA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
Year after year, this festival doesn’t leave anyone indifferent thanks to the efforts of the organization to surprise an ever wider and demanding audience. Among the artists who have performed in the city in previous editions are B.B. King, Bebo Valdés and his son Chucho Valdés, and Diana Krall, among many others. They all have contributed to place this festival in a place of honour within its category.
18th CLASSIC THEATRE FESTIVAL
The 18th edition of the Peñíscola Classic Theatre Festival, promoted by the Castellón County Council, has consolidated into a major event in the county’s cultural tourist offer. The bill features five plays to be performed at the emblematic Patio de Armas del Castillo del Papa Luna at 10:30pm.
ANTIQUE AND BAROQUE MUSIC FESTIVAL
The festival, which this year celebrates its 19th anniversary, kick starts with the spectacular Piromusical in a unique setting, Peñíscola’s Playa Norte. All concerts take place at the Papa Luna Castle. Every night, a large torch perched atop the castle blazes during the performances.
The Medieval Market takes the city back in time, the streets infused with a medieval spirit. Artisans wearing period costumes gather around the entrance to the Castle to sell handmade products. At the same time, birds of prey, snakes, camels and horses are exhibited. There are also numerous children’s activities to enjoy with the whole family
PEÑISCOLA, PAPAL CITY
A historical look at the times of Pope Luna. During these days, the Papal City travels back to medieval times through plays, craft markets, antique games, street animation, parades, and much more. Every morning there are children’s activities at the Baluarte; in the afternoons, they take place at Plaza Santa María.
A unique setting to evoke the past.