The municipality of Peniche is divided into two distinct areas: a peninsula and another formed by Berlengas. This consists of three groups of islets. The history of this municipality is extensive and full of events. Due to the privileged geographic position it occupies, since early that Peniche has become a strategic centre of the fishing and mercantile activity. Fishing and agriculture are, still today, the main economic activities of the municipality, without forgetting the tourism. Currently, thanks to the commitment of the city and its people, it is possible to integrate a set of activities that give the history of the County, without forgetting the magnificent beaches that attract vacationers and especially surfers, who here find accommodation and schools to the practice of this sport. In the peninsular, it is recommended the passage through Papoa, at Cabo Carvoeiro, places filled with leafy, idyllic places, belvederes and marine species, without forgetting Peniche and what it preserves; the Berlengas, which is 15 kilometres from Peniche, are authentic wonders: clear water, exotic plants, a marine avifauna and other underwater beyond the "Bairro dos Pescadores", the only remaining fishing community on the island, fortresses and other monuments. In addition, handicraft and gastronomy are two more strengths of this municipality. The "rendas de bilros" are famous, but there are still artisans who work stones of limestone, wood (alluding to surfing), fabric, pottery and painting. In gastronomy, the fish is of course the main ingredient. The "caldeirada de Peniche" (stew served in the same pan in which it was cooked without having been touched), "lagosta suada à moda de Peniche" (lobster) and the grilled sardines are very requested. In pastry, the "Pastéis de Peniche", the "Amigos de Peniche" and the almond cookies called "esses" are the Ex-Libris.
What to do in Peniche
Fortaleza de Peniche
Given the bedrock of cloths of wall, the fortifications of the Citadel are irregular route. Inside the fortress are the chapel of Santa Barbara, baluarte round, large cistern, the bunkers and the whole parade grounds. The Citadel served as a political prison since the 18th century until the 20th century.
Museu Nacional da Resistência e Liberdade
Localizado na Fortaleza de Peniche, este espaço nasce do reconhecimento desta Fortaleza enquanto espaço-memória e símbolo maior da luta pela liberdade à escala nacional. Tem como missão a preservação da memória histórica da Fortaleza de Peniche e da Luta do Povo Português e, em particular, da Resistência à Ditadura, pela Liberdade e pela Democracia. Lá, é possível ver as celas, …
Miradouro do Cabo Carvoeiro
A belvedere at the Cape Carvoeiro, the westernmost spot in Europe. It has privileged views of the Berlengas islands.
Reserva Natural das Berlengas
Islands located to the northeast of Peniche and the Cape Carvoeiro, a granite formation that is about 280 millions of years old. The largest is the Berlenga Island, but there are several smaller islands around it (Cerro da Velha, Estela and Meda do Norte, among others). It is one of the main nestling and refuge spots for sea birds and …
Forte de São João Baptista / Forte da Berlenga
Large stone wall rosea in the shape of a polyhedron. Has canhoteiras and bunkers that denote great simplicity and rigour. Barracks and other dependencies are organized in a set of several volumes.
On the outskirts of Peniche there is a volcanic breach known as islet of Papoa. This rocky formation is a rather sought after fishing spot with lovely sea views.
Parque do Baluarte
One of the main green spaces in the town of Peniche, with tall trees, benches, lamps and a radical park.
Forte da Praia da Consolação
Located next to praia da Consolação, was built in the mid 17TH century. The door is surmounted by the Royal Arms and the bridge over the moat is supported by two barrel-vaulted galleries.
Gruta da Furninha
Também conhecida como Cova Dominique, localiza-se numa falésia entre o Cabo Carvoeiro e o Forte de Peniche, e é uma cavidade natural localizada a cerca de 15 metros acima do nível do mar e que foi ocupada durante o período …
Praia do Medão / Supertubos
A very lovely beach at the south entrance of Peniche, surrounded by dunes. The space is attended by surfers and by those who enjoy recreational fishing. It has a beach club with noght animation and an excellent terrace.
Museu da Renda de Bilros de Peniche
A Renda de Bilros é considerada o ex-libris do artesanato Penichense, pelo que este museu versa o estudo, conservação, valorização e divulgação deste importante património cultural, nas suas vertentes material e imaterial. Palco de exposições, permanentes e temporárias, que valorizam …
Marina da Ribeira
A small port, located by the fishing docks and the pier from where the boats to the Berlengas islands depart. It has paid parking, a few shops and fine restaurants with typical dishes.
Praia do Baleal Norte / Lagido
A bay attended by tourists, families and youngsters. The Baleal is a treasure for those who enjoy diving and radical sports. It has a small island, people by fishermen and rather touristy. There are many quality estaurants that serve typical …
Muralhas e Portas da Cidade de Peniche
Peniche is surrounded partly by 16th century walls that surround the white houses divided by narrow streets. The ramparts defended the city from that time, in conjunction with the Fort of consolation and the Fort of São João Baptista das …
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Where to eat in Peniche
A restaurant that is quite fame in the region, created in 1982 and enlarged in 1998. It has a waiti…
Portuguese, Seafood restaurant
A shellfish house located 400 m away form the Hospital of Peniche, that serves all sorts of shellfi…
Contemporary, Portuguese, Vegetarian
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O restaurante Em Banho Maria dedica-se a servir comida tradicional portuguesa. Neste local perto de…
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A friendly restaurant, located in a pleasant park, with large windows that let in plenty of light. …
A simple house with an informal atmosphere, where one can find varieed dishes, namely fish dishes.
Mediterranean, Portuguese, Seafood restaurant
A small, familiar restaurant, located in the restaurants area of Peniche.
A diner near the centre of Peniche, with several regional dishes and a rustic atmosphere.
Where to sleep in Peniche
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