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    "Fisherman's wharf"

    by solopes Updated Dec 15, 2013

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    As one of the biggest Portuguese fishing towns, the struggle in Peniche's harbour is dense and severe, deserving some minutes of observation, before leaving to Berlengas or sitting in a restaurant for a fish delight.

    Eating fish is a must. Of course!

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    The Beach

    by solopes Updated Dec 15, 2012

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    Though not particularly good for a normal bath (as elsewhere in the west coast, the water is cold... and this is the only against) this beach is very popular to surf and body board.

    The access is easy, and, out of peek season, parking is also not so problematic as in the other beaches in the area. The sand strip is long and large, allowing peace and tranquility.

    The services in the beach are limited, but you may rent some equipment

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    Cabo Carvoeiro

    by solopes Updated Dec 15, 2012

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    A rocky promontory enters the sea for almost 4 km, with the hard combat between sea and rock building dramatic figures and landscapes.

    A good observation point for the Berlengas archipelago and the coast, it is also a privileged destination for sportive fishers.

    (Fresh fish is guaranteed: if you don't catch it you just have to buy...)

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    Berlengas Trip

    by solopes Updated Dec 15, 2012

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    Peniche is the usual and best starting point to a trip to Berlengas (Nazaré and S. Martinho do Porto are, also, possible starting points, but without commercial carriers, so, unless you have a friend with a boat, you must leave from Peniche).
    The biggest and most used boat is the popular "Cabo Avelar Pessoa" that you have to book in advance with Viamar - Tel. 262 785646.

    There are some alternatives with fishing boats (smaller and not so regular) of Nautipesca (tel. 91 7588358) or Berlenga Turpesca (tel. 262 789960) and others.

    Well integrated with Peniche, here and there seeming the last point of Carvoeiro, Berlengas are almost one hour distant, and the trip uses to be very emotive, due to the high waves in front of the Carvoeiro cape.

    I surely recommend the trip, but, don't forget, prepare it in advance: to protect the park the accesses are limited to a daily maximum, and in high season the boat is usually full (in winter there is no boat, and, in the other days... the sea decides!

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    Fort of Peniche

    by solopes Updated Dec 15, 2012

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    Once a prison for political opponents to the dictatorship, the fort was transformed in a monument to freedom.

    The visit still allows the feeling of the severe conditions of the prisoners, and the trauma of listening to a lively life so close, from the other side of the walls, and being kept so confined and watched.

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    the Fortaleza

    by angiebabe Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    These days a museum with mix of local archeology, natural history and craft displays and special exhibitions it is still possible to see the old cells and solitary confinement pens of the sixteenth century fortress which also served as a jail for political prisoners of the dictator Salazar through the 1950s and 60s.
    Open Tues to Sunday till 6pm, closes at 5pm in winter.

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    More churches

    by yumyum Written Jul 14, 2009

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    Santa Cruz - front
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    On picture no 1 and 2 you may see the little Hermitage Santa Cruz which you will find on Marginal Sul, the main road taking you to the cape.

    The Church Senhor do Calvario you will find on a small square by the Rua do Calvario (picture no 3).

    The Church of Nossa Senhora da Ajuda can be seen close to the previous one on Rua da Liberdade (picture 4). Next to it on a grassy patch there is a monument (picture 5).

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    City wall/moat

    by yumyum Written Jul 14, 2009

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    Around part of the old town of Peniche there is a city wall on which you can walk on at certain places. It can be seen as you approach from the bus terminal.

    When we arrived it was low tide and when we left high tide, so it looked quite different. Inside the city wall there are parks and gardens along the wall as well as a children's playground. Somewhere near the Church of Misericondria but still along the wall there are public toilets which are free of charge.

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    Church of our Lady Conceição

    by yumyum Written Jul 14, 2009

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    We passed this church on our walk around the peninsula. As all the other churches, this church was also closed. The open side door only took me to a common room.

    The church was originally consecrated to the martyr San Sebastian.

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    Church of San Pedro

    by yumyum Written Jul 14, 2009

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    The Church San Pedro was built at the end of the 16th century. It is situated in the historical center of Peniche. The church is the biggest in Peniche council and has an interior well worth seeing. When we were in Peniche the church was closed though.

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    Church of Misericordia

    by yumyum Updated Jul 14, 2009

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    The Church of Misericordia dates back to the beginning of the 17th century. In 1697 the clock tower was added. For many years the public life was dominated by the clock on this tower. The church was closed when we were there but the interior features ceramic panels and 55 paintings.

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    Fortaleza de Peniche

    by yumyum Written Jul 14, 2009

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    The fort facing the sea and the town dates back to 1557 till 1570. In 1645 it was finally finished. Until 1897 it was used for strategic reasons. It had to fend off several invasions.

    During the first world war it was used by the Germans and Austrians for prisoners of war. Then from 1934 till 1974 it was a political prison. Today it houses a museum about the political prisioners against fascism and the marime history. When we walk past it was closed for the lunch break. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time later on to return.

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    The Fortress

    by J_Antunes Written Feb 14, 2009

    This is na old fortress dating back to the XVII century (with roots in the XVI century), its name is much more associated with recent events. For centuries it was a place of coastal defense but Salazar transformed it into a political jail. In there were for instance Alvaro Cunhal one of the leaders of the portuguese’ Communist Party and that had a famous fled form jail in 1960.

    After the 1974 it received many retornados. People that were expelled from the colonies and came back to Portugal without nothing.

    Today it has a museum (Open: Tue 14h.17h; Wed-Fri: 9h-12h30 and 14h-17h30; Sat-Sun: 10h-12h30; 14h-17h30; Price: €1,45), a national monument and is going to be transformed in a Pousada de Portugal. It sound lovely to have a new hotel in Peniche but in a place where so many people suffered and were tortured recently… Well I just hope memories will be preserved.

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    some lovely coastline to walk or drive around

    by angiebabe Written Nov 4, 2006

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    Makes a scenic walk or drive along the road from peniche to the Cape Cavoeiro and its lighthouse. There are designated spots along the way for fishing so the locals seem to utilise them. Certainly nice spots to stop and admire the view or have a picnic!

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    Drive or walk around the Cape!

    by angiebabe Written Nov 3, 2006

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    The Cabo lighthouse
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    Cabo (cape) Cavoeiro is only 45 minutes walk from Peniche - or 5-10 minutes drive! but it took a while even with the car as i needed a number of stops along the route to get the photos and views i came across!!
    The light house area provided an official stopping and viewing area with good views over the nearby island of Berlenga, a coffee shop and decent public toilets.
    There are some interesting rock formations along the way and the deep blue water down below crashing white against the rocks or shore made some nice shots. On further there were even some quaint small farmlets or hamlets - whatever they are called but little houses with a farmyard around it fenced off with stone walls.
    half way along there were people all around the area sitting around picnicking - i guessed it was a market day but at the light house cafe there was a sign advertising a special day for Mary.

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