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Berlenga Island

Learn about pirates, shipwrecks and birdlife on this island capped with a 17th-century fort or go on a diving tour and experience the vivid underwater world.

Sitting offshore from the port city of Peniche, Berlenga Island is shrouded with centuries of myths and legends. The craggy island is one of the Atlantic Ocean’s hidden treasures, rich in local history and wildlife. Catch a ferry to the island and explore its heritage buildings and gorgeous beaches. Diving adventures show another side of the island’s shores and provide a glimpse of the marine life that thrives in its nature reserves. Bird watchers, don’t forget your binoculars – Berlenga Island is renowned for its variety of feathered friends.

Berlenga, Estelas and Farilhões are the names of the three islands that make up the Berlengas archipelago. Berlenga Island is the largest of the trio and is skirted by 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) of breathtaking coastline. Step off the boat and onto Berlenga Island’s enchanting shores. Narrow stone bridges and weathered stairways lead to centuries-old fortifications built into the rock. Explore Berlenga Island’s 17th-century fort, which appears to grow out of the craggy cliffs.

Keep watch for the archipelago’s rich and varied birdlife. You might spot migratory shorebirds, as well as guillemots, woodcocks, turtledoves and puffins. Make your way to Berlenga Island’s exquisite swimming beach. Emerald waters lap at sandy coves, providing the perfect spot to sit and relax. Look out across the craggy cave systems and cliffs. This island is the source of many local stories, from tales of pirates’ treasure to disastrous shipwrecks.

Jump on board a boat and go on a charter trip around the islands. You’ll see roaring surf, sea cliffs and circling birds, as well as local fishing boats hauling in the daily catch. Join a diving tour and delve into Berlenga Island’s depths. An awe-inspiring variety of marine life thrives in these protected waters.

Berlenga Island is easily accessible by boat. In the summer months, catch a ferry from the port of Peniche. Join a charter boat trip in winter. The island is 7 miles (11.2 kilometers) from Peniche’s shores.


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Lodging Near Berlenga Island

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Hotel Pinhalmar

Hotel Pinhalmar

Estrada Marginal Sul, Peniche
4.0
of 5, from 69 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Peniche, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Cabo Carvoeiro and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Fortaleza. Peniche Beach and Consolation Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$54
Hotel Soleil Peniche

Hotel Soleil Peniche

Estrada do Boleal, Peniche
3.9
of 5, from 107 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Peniche hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Peniche Beach, Consolation Beach, and Fortaleza. Baleal Beach and Cabo Carvoeiro are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$61
Mercearia d'Alegria Boutique B&B

Mercearia d'Alegria Boutique B&B

Travessa da Horta, 2, Peniche
4.5
of 5, from 29 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the sea, this bed & breakfast is within 2 mi (3 km) of Fortaleza, Peniche Beach, and Consolation Beach. Cabo Carvoeiro is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.

Apartment in Peniche 4 Bedrooms

Apartment in Peniche 4 Bedrooms

Peniche, Peniche
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cabo Carvoeiro and Fortaleza. Peniche Beach and Consolation Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$33
Peniche Beach House - Hostel

Peniche Beach House - Hostel

Avenida Mariano Calado 30, Peniche
3.2
of 5, from 8 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Peniche, this hostel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Fortaleza, Peniche Beach, and Consolation Beach. Cabo Carvoeiro and Baleal Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Peniche Vinhas Apartment

Peniche Vinhas Apartment

Rua das Vinhas, 14, RC Dto. Sul, Peniche
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this apartment is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Fortaleza and within 3 mi (5 km) of Cabo Carvoeiro and Peniche Beach. Consolation Beach is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away.

Peniche Surf Lodge - Hostel

Peniche Surf Lodge - Hostel

Rua Casal do Viola, 6, Peniche
4.5
of 5, from 2 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Peniche, this hostel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Fortaleza and within 3 mi (5 km) of Peniche Beach and Consolation Beach. Cabo Carvoeiro is 2 mi (3.3 km) away.

$55
Sea Garden Residência

Sea Garden Residência

Rua Alexandre Herculano, 76, Peniche
4.5
of 5, from 2 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Peniche, this bed & breakfast is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Fortaleza and within 3 mi (5 km) of Cabo Carvoeiro and Peniche Beach.