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.
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 friendly and welcoming restaurant, whose name comes from one of the small Berlengas islands, that…
Contemporary, Portuguese, Vegetarian
Situated on the cliffs of Cabo Carvoeiro, the restaurant ship of Crows owes its name to a rock shap…
Contemporary, Italian, Portuguese, Seafood restaurant
The Tribeca is a space with a decoration inspired by the ancient Portuguese breweries and in tradit…
What to do in Peniche
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 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.
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.
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 …
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.
Parque do Baluarte
One of the main green spaces in the town of Peniche, with tall trees, benches, lamps and a radical park.
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 …
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.
Miradouro da Ilha do Baleal
A place with views of the Berlengas islands in th distance, as well as the Cape Carvoeiro, the westernmost spot in Europe.
Praia da Consolação - Norte
A wide stretch of sand, with good surfing waves and clean water. There are several typical restaurants with many fish and shellfish dishes.
Palácio da Serra d'El Rei / Paço Dom Pedro I
This Palace was founded by D. Pedro I, it was the Royal Palace for D. Duarte and it is said that Pedro and Inês de Castro lived there. Its numerous windows and doors with Manueline decoration stand out.
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.
A water park with slides and pools for adults and children. It has a restaurant and a bar and remains open from May to September.
Igreja de São Leonardo / Igreja Matriz de Atouguia da Baleia
This temple was constructed in the 14th century and it displays a primitive Gothic character, dimed by Manueline elements, such as the sacristy door, and Mannerist features like the lateral chapels and the total coverage in pattern glazed tiles. On …
Where to sleep in Peniche
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