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

Mercearia d'Alegria Boutique B&B
Mercearia d'Alegria Boutique B&B
Travessa da Horta, 2, Peniche, 2520-503
The price is $94 per night from Jun 29 to Jun 30
Stay at this business-friendly B&B in Peniche. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (83 reviews)
"We stayed in a 2 bedroom /2bath suite which was very comfortable and perfect for our family of 3 ( 2 adults and 1 teenager) .Breakfast choices were great too. Easy to find street parking( at least off season) .Staff was warm and welcoming. There are not too many dining options nearby . We ended up ..."

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2022

Mercearia d'Alegria Boutique B&B
MH Peniche
MH Peniche
4 out of 5
Avenida Monsenhor Bastos, Peniche, 2520-206
The price is $189 per night from Jul 16 to Jul 17
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Peniche. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. Popular ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (267 reviews)
"Beautiful, clean, excellent breakfast."

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2022

MH Peniche
Star Inn Peniche
Star Inn Peniche
3 out of 5
Estrada do Baleal, Peniche, 2520-206
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $96 per night from Jul 12 to Jul 13
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Peniche. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value in our ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (173 reviews)
"Easy check-in and -out"

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2022

Star Inn Peniche
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.
Urban Art Camping by Campigir
Urban Art Camping by Campigir
3 out of 5
Rua do Catalo Ferrel, Peniche, 2520-141
The price is $30 per night from Jun 29 to Jun 30
Stay at this 3-star campground in Peniche. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a rooftop terrace. Popular attractions Almagreira Beach and Baleal Beach are located ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (4 reviews)
consejable y muy limpio
"Todo esraba muy limpio , y con lo necesario para poder estar las noches , llovio mucho y no lo notamos , la pena es que se nos olvido el pen en el televisor y nodotros seguimos de ruta por lo demas todo muy bien"

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2020

Urban Art Camping by Campigir
Bukubaki eco surf resort
Bukubaki eco surf resort
4 out of 5
Rua do Juncal, Peniche, 2525-331
The price is $120 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 2
Stay at this 4-star campground in Peniche. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. Popular ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (22 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
PenichePraia - Bungalows, Campers & Spa
PenichePraia - Bungalows, Campers & Spa
3 out of 5
Estrada Marginal Norte, S/N, Peniche, Leiria, 2520-000
The price is $62 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Stay at this 3-star spa campground in Peniche. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Popular attractions Cabo Carvoeiro and Museu da Renda de Bilros ...
3.7/5 Good! (17 reviews)
"Really good location Nice staff Really quiet Nice room Good snack bar"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2020

PenichePraia - Bungalows, Campers & 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.

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