"Wave Capital" of Portugal, Peniche is a surfers' paradise where roaring Atlantic waves meet rugged coastlines. This former fishing village offers more than just adrenaline-pumping water sports. Read more

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Located on a peninsula in central Portugal, Peniche has a multifaceted appeal that makes it a delightful destination for all kinds of travelers. Originally a fishing town, its economy has now expanded to include tourism, particularly surfing. The beaches here, such as Supertubos and Baleal, are renowned for their world-class surfing conditions, attracting surfers from around the globe.
But Peniche isn't only for the surf-obsessed. The town also has a rich maritime history visible in its architecture, like the 16th-century Fortaleza, which once served as a prison during Portugal's authoritarian regime. The town's fishing heritage can still be experienced in its vibrant fish markets and seafood restaurants, where you can enjoy some of the freshest fish in Portugal. For nature enthusiasts, the nearby Berlengas Archipelago offers a unique ecosystem with diverse birdlife and stunning underwater landscapes, making it a popular spot for diving and bird-watching.
Whether you're riding the waves, exploring ancient forts, or simply enjoying the sumptuous seafood, Peniche promises an array of experiences that make it a must-visit destination in Portugal.

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What to do in Peniche

Supertubos Beach

Famous for its surfing conditions, it's often a venue for international surfing competitions.

Fortaleza de Peniche

A historic fortress that offers insights into Peniche's past, from its maritime history to its political struggles.

Berlengas Archipelago

Accessible by boat, this group of islands is perfect for diving, hiking, and bird-watching.

Baleal Island

Another popular surfing spot, also known for its picturesque views and relaxed atmosphere.

Mercado Municipal

Experience local produce and fresh fish in this bustling marketplace.

Nossa Senhora dos Remédios Sanctuary

A serene chapel offering a quiet place for reflection, with a beautiful view of the sea.

Cabo Carvoeiro

A lighthouse situated on cliffs that offer panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Gruta da Furninha

An ancient cave with archaeological importance, showcasing human activity from prehistoric times.

Museu Municipal de Peniche

A museum that narrates the local history, including its role during the authoritarian era.


A natural viewpoint offering stunning views of Peniche and the ocean, a great spot for photography.

What else to visit
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Praia del Rey (10.45 km)

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Lourinha (15.21 km)

Lourinhã, a coastal gem in Western Portugal, is not just a sun-seeker's paradise; it's a land where prehistoric legends come alive. Often dubbed the "Land of Dinosaurs".

Foz de Arelho (18.41 km)

Where the mighty Óbidos Lagoon kisses the vast Atlantic, Foz de Arelho emerges as a mesmerizing blend of serene waterscapes and rugged coastal beauty, creating Portugal's unique seaside paradise.

Obidos (21.58 km)

Step into a living storybook as you cross the threshold of Óbidos, a charming, walled medieval town in Portugal's Estremadura region. Encapsulated by ancient fortifications, its cobbled streets and historic architecture transport visitors to another era.

Óbidos (22.78 km)

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