The camping area in Berlenga is very small, even having in mind that the visit of the island is limited to a few hundred people a day.
The conditions are... I don't know if I should say bad or none, which means that camping there is an adventure in the wild.
The best solution for a night stay in Berlengas is this restaurant.
It has six rooms that you may book in advance (you must, otherwise...), with good conditions (excellent for the place and local conditions)
Once a luxury hotel, the fort was abandoned, leaving behind the structure and some of the facilities (not much). Today you may use one of its rooms, without any kind of service and limited water and electricity.
You may also share with other users the kitchen and "restaurant", inside or in the esplanade.
It's cheap, a different experience, and usually overbooked, but people use to get fun at night.
This is the view from our room, overlooking the quiet square just back from the waterfront in Peniche. Our car is the middle one of the three gray ones parked in a row. It was only a short walk straight up that street to get back to the main restaurant area, where we had our evening meal.
We were ready for breakfast by 8:30 AM because we intended to head straight back to Lisbon by the superhighway system, to take care of unfinished business (please see my Lisbon page 'Off the Beaten Path' tip for the details)! Each table had a little tray already prepared with the ususal Portugese breakfast. This consisted of a glass of juice (not fresh), a pot of hot coffee and another of hot milk, a bun with the usual selection of slices of ham and cheese or small jam containers. It was much the same as all our other breakfasts.
On returning from our Berlenga Islands expedition at about 5:30 PM, we took a walk along the main waterfront street to see if we could find ourselves somewhere to spend the night. There was not much there, except restaurants, so we went one block back from the harbour to try the next parallel street. Here we hit the jackpot, there were Residencials everywhere but, at this time of the year, they were not very busy. We liked the appearance of the Vasco da Gama and the way it overlooked a nice little square. We trudged up to their second floor reception area but there was no-one there. Just as we were about to leave, the owner came up the stairs - he had been out on an errand. We were soon ushered to a very nice little room which we accepted for the amazingly low price of E25 (US$31), including breakfast.
After our shower experience in Praia de Mira the night before, we were pleased to find this one had good water pressure. The best part of the room was that it had a window that opened up onto the little square where our car was parked. It is nice to be able to sit with the window wide open in Portugal (no bugs) and just observe the activity on the streets below. You can feel the wind and hear the sounds while sipping on a 'vinho tinto' after another long day! When we left the next morning, I gave the guy E30 cash because I enjoyed it so much! The photo shows Sue in our top left window. The slightly lower part to the right is the breakfast area.
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