In Hispania, escuela de español we know that our students want to make the most of their stay in Valencia, soaking up the culture, practicing and knowing the Spanish language in different contexts, making new friends with whom to share this unforgettable Spanish experience and much more! Therefore, we always look for the best activities so that you can make all your wishes come true. On this occasion, we present you a fabulous trip that will allow you to discover two magical corners of the Valencian Community: the Caves of San José and Peñíscola. Are you ready to know more about this new adventure?
First, we will visit the San José Caves located in the province of Castellón. It is the longest navigable underground river in Europe, formed by natural caves whose route is the one with the largest cavity in the whole province. These caves were formed about 250 million years ago but they only have been recorded for 9000 years thanks to the discovery of their paintings and archaeological remains. The temperature is always maintained at 20 degrees to preserve the caves as best as possible, so you will feel very comfortable in them. As soon as you enter, you will begin to feel like you are in a Jules Verne novel, which is why many say that venturing into these magical caves is like venturing into the center of the Earth. Some boatmen will be waiting for us to take us through the long and beautiful underground river while we discover many facts and curiosities about them and, of course, we practice our Spanish a lot.
After this first visit that will leave us with an open mouth and heart beating a hundred per hour, we will go to the beautiful Peñíscola and call it beautiful with property since 2013 is part of the network of the most beautiful villages in Spain. We will see its great templar castle known as Castillo Peñíscola Palace or Castillo del Papa Luna, which is located in the highest area of the rock of the city, so that as soon as we arrive, we can see it protecting it. To get there, we will climb the Rampa de Felipe II, located in the historic center of the city, which is adorned with palm trees on its sides, so the road already holds many surprises. In addition, there are preserved the walls commissioned by Philip II to Giovanni Battista Antonelli, an Italian military architect very famous at the time.
The imposing castle of Peñíscola, was built by the Knights Templar in the thirteenth century on an Arab settlement. We will contemplate each of its corners and details of Gothic-romantic style. In the Hall of the Conclave we will find the door that will take us to the famous and spooky dungeons where you must throw a coin and make a wish as the tradition dictates. We will also see the Patio de Armas, with its spectacular views; the Gothic Room, with its large Gothic windows and its high windows; the Main Kitchen, which conserves the inventory of utensils and typical furniture of the time; the House of Water, used to create typical home remedies of the curial period; the beautiful Church and the spectacular Chapel.
And if all this does not just convince you, then I will try to dazzle you with another fact: Did you know that some of the most outstanding sequences of the sixth season of Game of Thrones were recorded in Peñíscola?
Travel by boat through the underground caves with the longest navigable river in Europe, visit a Templar castle, walk through the places where Game of Thrones was recorded, increase our knowledge of Spanish culture, practice a lot of Spanish and meet new friends. Still have not signed up for this activity? We will wait for you!