Historic buildings, lots of people visiting for the local seafood and a festival day out at the Cape.
sometimes it`s to calm
A Cultural and sea and sun destination
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...more
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...)more
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...more
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.more
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,...more
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)....more
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....more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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!more
2 Rua Raul Brandao Baleal, Peniche, 2520-009, Portugal
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Estrada do Baleal, Praia da Alfarroba, Peniche, 2520-206, Portugal
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Rua JosÃ© JÃºlio 12, Atouguia da Baleia, Peniche, 2525-325, Portugal
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Peniche is one of the best places in Portugal (which means...in the world) to eat fish - fresh and cheap. I had the experience at this restaurant, and enjoyed the freshness of the food, the criterious cooking and the popular price. Good. Grilled fish. They suggest the fishes of the day, and... you only have to choosemore
The tourist office in Peniche had told us that there was a café by the light house. Since we walked around the peninsula we were only to happy when we saw that the upmarket looking restaurant had a self-service café with an outdoor sitting terrace with a view of the spectacular rocky outcrop in the sea.On top of the restaurant and café there is a...more
We came to Peniche by bus from Nazaré. The journey just took over an hour and cost Euro 8.50 each way on a Rede Expressos bus.
Beware that the main bus station in Peniche is a bit outside the town center on Rua Dr. Ernesto Moreira. That’s where all the long distance buses leave from. Since we got dropped there on our arrival it wasn’t a problem as it’s a short walk to the center and the tourist office. But we were told at the tourist office that sometimes the buses drop off the people in the town center and then the tourists assume that’s where the buses will depart from again which they are not.
At the bus terminal you will also find toilets and a snack bar.
Lace-making is an old tradition in Peniche. There is a monument to it. If you are interested to learn more, then you can visit the lace-making center in the building next to the tourist office on Rua Alexandre Herculano.
A roundabout in Portugal means a fountain or a statue. Near the fort, the solution was a statue as a celebration of the sailors. Well... reasonable idea, but... ugly piece.
I only noticed it yesterday, and I can´t say if it happened because it is brand new or... I was lucky the other times!
Most visitors spend only a little time with the town itself. But if you have time, give it some minutes: it´s an old town, surrounded by strong and old walls, with the look and smells of the dominant sea, the life of the harbour, the gardens, and... attention... thousands of seagulls...more
From Cabo Carvoeiro you can see the Berlenga islands on a clear day. There are boats from the port of Peniche if you want to visit the island. The cape features a light house which is restricted area and a spectacular rocky outcrop in the sea.There is a large car park by the cape and there are very clean underground public toilets by the car park....more
On our walk around the peninsula we found this chapel which is a famous sanctuary for pilgrims. The little church is very beautiful with blue and white tiles inside as well as some alcoves for praying. Please be very careful when taking pictures as not to disturb anyone praying. For that reason, I didn’t photograph everything. So no flash and...more
Haliotis dive shop is one of the primary dive facilities in Peniche. They offer classes and training, as well as regular diving trips. They fill up quickly on the weekends, so best to reserve early.10-passenger boats will take you on the ~45minute journey out to Berlenga Island. The boats are open sided and can take a lot of wind and spray,...more
Baleal Surf Camp is located on the best learning spot in the Peniche region and is the leading surf camp in Portugal. Beginners and advanced surfers are sure to spend a fantastic surfing holiday at Europe’s most consistent Surf Zone and can choose from the many surfspots in the area. Our Surf Equipment includes over 80 surf boards at your...more
This area is know for surfing although on the day we visited (middle of week) we saw only a few off the beaches near the town Peniche itself...as you progress further south from the town the cliffs take over from the beach and there is a constant war between the elements here.more
The lady at the tourist office was very helpful. Don’t just ask for a map but do as I did and ask what there is to see. That way we were pointed out all the main sights including the rocky coastline, the citadel, the old town wall, the beaches and the place where you enquire about boat trips to Berlenga island.Rua Alexandre HerculanoTel. 262 789...more
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