Peniche and the sea are inextricably linked. It is one of the largest traditional fishing ports in Portugal and a major Atlantic center for maritime-tourist activities.
Before reaching the beach, the visit to Peniche must include a passage through the historic center. In addition to the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, the Churches of São Pedro and Misericórdia, we highlight the Fort of Peniche, built in the 19th century. XVI / XVII for the defense of the coast in intersection with the Forte da Praia da Consolação and the fort on Ilha das Berlengas. It was important for the history of Portugal at various times, but it should be noted that its most recent contribution was as a political prison during the Estado Novo, where some of the most important public figures of resistance to the regime were here. Inside, you will know all the details as it is currently the Municipal Museum of Peniche.
In addition to the fishing gear that, of course, has always been a source of income for the population, Peniche is also known for the art of bobbin lace, which women dedicated to perfecting while men walked in the sea.
The sea remains one of the main points of interest and development and the beaches of Peniche are highly appreciated. If the bays of Consolação and Baleal provide a good protection for family beach days, the waves of this west coast, such as those of Medão Grande Beach, known as Supertubos due to its large tubular waves, are very popular with surfers and bodyboarders from around the world. In a national competition, she was nominated as one of the “7 Wonders of Portugal”. Together with Praia do Lagido, they are the stage for the great world surfing championship Rip Curl Pro Portugal, a competition that is part of the World Surf League Tour.
A boat trip away is Berlengas Island, Nature Reserve. Its translucent waters are ideal for divers who find here a natural stronghold of marine fauna and flora. The rough sea and the island's isolation are also the motto for many mysterious stories of fishermen and boats sunk on this coast.
As it should be, the sea also dominates gastronomic specialties. Therefore, you should not leave Peniche without tasting the stew, seafood rice or sardines roasted on charcoal, always accompanied by wines from the West Region. For dessert, almond sweets are recommended, be it a “Amigo de Peniche” or the cookies called “Esses”.
Be sure to…
✅Take a surf class
✅Watch a World Surfing Championship event
✅Cross the sand tongue to Baleal
take an invigorating walk on the beach
✅Taste the seafood and the grilled fish