Peniche is located in the historic region of Estremadura, a coastal area in Portugal. It’s a great place to visit if you want to explore some interesting historical sites, as well as experience great local food and culture.
While many come to Peniche for its excellent surfing, there is much more to explore. With this in mind, we look at what makes the perfect itinerary for a trip to Peniche.
Visit the Fortress of Peniche
The fortress was built between the 16th and 17th centuries by King Philip II of Spain and is one of the most important military constructions in all of Portugal.
Created to defend the city of Peniche, its walls were reinforced in the 19th century to protect the city from Napoleon’s troops.
Its unique star-shaped design and beautiful terraces make it one of the most awe-inspiring places to visit in Portugal.
Housed in a former prison on the edge of Peniche, this fascinating museum displays artefacts from prehistoric times to the present day. Learn about Portuguese culture and observe archaeological finds, then explore the ancient fortifications and watchtowers of the city’s fortified wall.
Take a walk along Praia das Maçãs Beach
This stunning 4 km long beach is a great place to take in the area’s rugged landscape and panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a popular spot for locals and tourists alike, so you can enjoy the lively atmosphere as well as all of its natural beauty.
Explore Baleal Beach
Baleal beach is a tranquil stretch of golden sand that’s surrounded by tall cliffs. Connected to the mainland by a thin sandbar, it’s only accessible during low tides. With clear blue waters, plenty of natural shade and a few rock pools, Baleal beach is the perfect place for families.
For those who love to surf, Peniche has some of the best conditions in the world and is renowned as Europe’s top surfing spot. You can explore some of the top surf spots in Peniche here.
Eat delicious seafood dishes
Peniche is known for its delicious seafood dishes that are made with fresh fish from the local fishermen. Try some of the signature dishes such as Caldeirada de peixe (fish stew), Arroz de marisco (seafood rice) or Polvo cozido (boiled octopus).
For fresh, local produce, take in a relaxing lunch at Profresco, which offers one of the widest selections of seafood in the area. Or try dinner at The Capital Lounge with its wide range of meat, fish and vegan dishes.
Visit Berlengas Island Nature Reserve
Located off the coast of Peniche, Berlengas Island is a protected nature reserve. You can take a boat tour around the island and explore its stunning rocky cliffs.
It’s a great spot for water sports like surfing and paddle boarding, as well as simply soaking up some sun. Make sure you take time to explore the nearby caves, coves and breathtaking views during your visit.
This itinerary should give you a great taste of Peniche, Portugal.
If you’re only in this gorgeous coastal city for a short time, you might not have a chance to see it all—but you’ll have a good excuse to return. Enjoy your trip!
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