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Peniche
Travel Guide

Berlenga Island showing a bridge, rocky coastline and heritage elements

A historic port clings to rough-hewn cliffs and magnificent headlands in this seaside city, famed for its surf beaches, local artisans, historic forts and nature reserves.

Explore sweeping beaches and a walled historic center in Peniche, a city perched on a rocky peninsula in central Portugal. A stroll around Peniche’s Old Town will showcase the city’s enchanting heritage, from historic forts to a rich tradition of handcrafts. Flanked by sandy shores on its eastern side, Peniche is the perfect spot to experience Portugal’s surging surf.

Get acquainted with Peniche’s historic heart by going on a self-guided walking tour within the old walled city. Wander around the meandering city streets and peer into old-fashioned storefronts. Check out local galleries and workshops to learn about Peniche’s particular style of bobbin lacework and pick up some pretty lace-trimmed keepsakes. Admire old-world architecture in São Pedro Church and Misericórdia Church.

Make your way to Fortaleza de Peniche to find out about the city’s significant political history. Built in the 16th and 17th century as a coastal fortification, it was transformed into a jail for political prisoners during the Estado Novo regime. The fort now houses the Peniche City Museum and presents intriguing insights into the city’s history.

If the sun is out, it’s time to hit the beach. For sheltered beaches, check out Consolação and Baleal bays. Supertubos Beach (Medão Grande) and Lagido Beach pump out the west coast’s famous waves, which lure surfers and bodyboarders from around the world. Go diving beneath the wild waters when you visit the Berlenga Island nature reserve or see the roaring Atlantic Ocean from Cabo Carvoeiro.

As a working port, Peniche’s seafood is available fresh daily. Try a delicious local rendition of bouillabaisse or charcoal-griddled sardines, paired with regional wines from Portugal’s wild west.

Peniche is 63.3 miles (102 kilometers) north of Lisbon. Reach the port city by flying into Lisbon’s international airport. Drive a rental car or take an intercity bus to Peniche. With warm summers and mild winters, Peniche is a year-round destination. Visit in October to experience the action of the city’s annual surf contests.

Where to stay in Peniche

Hotel Pinhalmar
Hotel Pinhalmar
3 out of 5
Estrada Marginal Sul, Peniche
The price is $45 per night from May 10 to May 10
Situated in Peniche, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Cabo Carvoeiro, Museu da Renda de Bilros de Peniche, and Church of São Pedro. National Museum of Resistance ...
4/5Very Good! (164 reviews)
Defenetly recommended!
"Very good stay, perfect value for money."

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

Hotel Pinhalmar
Bukubaki eco surf resort
Bukubaki eco surf resort
4 out of 5
Rua do Juncal, Peniche
The price is $125 per night from May 16 to May 16
Situated in Peniche, this campground is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Almagreira Beach and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Baleal Beach. Peniche Beach (Praia de Peniche) is 3 mi ...
4.3/5Excellent! (20 reviews)
"Such a unique experience. The kids looooved it! Confort and very pretty! Totally in touch with nature! Recommend it!"

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2020

Bukubaki eco surf resort
RIDE Surf Resort & SPA
RIDE Surf Resort & SPA
4 out of 5
Rua Bartolomeu Dias Lote 5, Peniche, Leiria
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $83 per night from May 31 to May 31
Offering direct access to the beach, this Peniche resort is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Peniche Beach (Praia de Peniche) and Baleal Beach. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (63 reviews)
"Fantastic quirky boutique hotel that I am sure is a great hit with teenage surfers, We are a little older, dont surf and it was "out of seaon" but staff could not have been friendlier or more helpful,"

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020

RIDE Surf Resort & SPA
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Surf And Stones
Surf And Stones
4 out of 5
Av. do Golfe, Peniche, Centro
Situated in Peniche, this beach apartment building is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Consolation Beach and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Peniche Beach (Praia de Peniche). Baleal ...
4/5Very Good! (1 review)
"Appartement propre et fonctionnel, tout à fait conforme aux photos dans une résidence calme."

Reviewed on May 9, 2019

Surf And Stones
Pro Touristic Salty Sea Baleal -apartment With sea View and Free Wifi
Pro Touristic Salty Sea Baleal -apartment With sea View and Free Wifi
Peniche, Leiria District
Situated on the beach, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Peniche Beach (Praia de Peniche) and Baleal Beach. Baleal Island and Almagreira ...
Pro Touristic Salty Sea Baleal -apartment With sea View and Free Wifi
Casa Monteiro
Casa Monteiro
3 out of 5
Rua do Arre Burro 7, Ferrel, Peniche
Situated near the beach, this vacation home is steps from Baleal Island and Baleal Beach. Peniche Beach (Praia de Peniche) and Almagreira Beach are also within ...
Casa Monteiro
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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