Peniche

Travel Guide
Berlenga Island featuring heritage elements, a bridge and rocky coastline

A historic port clings to rough-hewn cliffs and magnificent headlands in this seaside city, famed for its surf beaches, local artisans, historic forts and nature reserves.

Explore sweeping beaches and a walled historic center in Peniche, a city perched on a rocky peninsula in central Portugal. A stroll around Peniche’s Old Town will showcase the city’s enchanting heritage, from historic forts to a rich tradition of handcrafts. Flanked by sandy shores on its eastern side, Peniche is the perfect spot to experience Portugal’s surging surf.

Get acquainted with Peniche’s historic heart by going on a self-guided walking tour within the old walled city. Wander around the meandering city streets and peer into old-fashioned storefronts. Check out local galleries and workshops to learn about Peniche’s particular style of bobbin lacework and pick up some pretty lace-trimmed keepsakes. Admire old-world architecture in São Pedro Church and Misericórdia Church.

Make your way to Fortaleza de Peniche to find out about the city’s significant political history. Built in the 16th and 17th century as a coastal fortification, it was transformed into a jail for political prisoners during the Estado Novo regime. The fort now houses the Peniche City Museum and presents intriguing insights into the city’s history.

If the sun is out, it’s time to hit the beach. For sheltered beaches, check out Consolação and Baleal bays. Supertubos Beach (Medão Grande) and Lagido Beach pump out the west coast’s famous waves, which lure surfers and bodyboarders from around the world. Go diving beneath the wild waters when you visit the Berlenga Island nature reserve or see the roaring Atlantic Ocean from Cabo Carvoeiro.

As a working port, Peniche’s seafood is available fresh daily. Try a delicious local rendition of bouillabaisse or charcoal-griddled sardines, paired with regional wines from Portugal’s wild west.

Peniche is 63.3 miles (102 kilometers) north of Lisbon. Reach the port city by flying into Lisbon’s international airport. Drive a rental car or take an intercity bus to Peniche. With warm summers and mild winters, Peniche is a year-round destination. Visit in October to experience the action of the city’s annual surf contests.

PenichePraia - Bungalows, Campers & Spa
PenichePraia - Bungalows, Campers & Spa
3 out of 5
Estrada Marginal Norte, S/N, Peniche, Leiria
The price is AU$52 per night from 14 Nov. to 14 Nov.
Situated in Peniche, this spa campsite is within 2 miles (3 km) of Cabo Carvoeiro, Museu da Renda de Bilros de Peniche and Church of São Pedro. National Museum ...
3.5/5 Good! (10 reviews)
"Really good location Nice staff Really quiet Nice room Good snack bar"

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2020

PenichePraia - Bungalows, Campers & Spa
Star Inn Peniche
Star Inn Peniche
3 out of 5
Estrada do Baleal, Peniche
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$108 per night from 18 Oct. to 18 Oct.
Nestled on the beach, this Peniche hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Peniche Beach (Praia de Peniche), Consolation Beach and Church of São Pedro. Museu da Renda ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (148 reviews)
"A very nice resort outside of Peniche old town (about €5 taxi away). Very clean with courteous staff."

Reviewed on 4 May 2021

Star Inn Peniche
Hotel Pinhalmar
Hotel Pinhalmar
3 out of 5
Estrada Marginal Sul, Peniche
The price is AU$61 per night from 6 Nov. to 6 Nov.
Situated in Peniche, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Cabo Carvoeiro, Museu da Renda de Bilros de Peniche and Church of São Pedro. National Museum of Resistance ...
4/5 Very Good! (171 reviews)
Front row balcony seats for nightly sunsets
"Ocean front modernized Art Deco hotel . Great sunsets, friendly staff and lashings of hot wayer"

Reviewed on 25 May 2021

Hotel Pinhalmar
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Urban Art Camping by Campigir
Urban Art Camping by Campigir
3 out of 5
Rua do Catalo Ferrel, Peniche
The price is AU$37 per night from 6 Nov. to 6 Nov.
Situated on the waterfront, this campsite is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Baleal Beach, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Consolation Beach and DinoParque. Foz do Arelho Beach ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (4 reviews)
consejable y muy limpio
"Todo esraba muy limpio , y con lo necesario para poder estar las noches , llovio mucho y no lo notamos , la pena es que se nos olvido el pen en el televisor y nodotros seguimos de ruta por lo demas todo muy bien"

Reviewed on 20 Sep. 2020

Urban Art Camping by Campigir
PenichePraia - Bungalows, Campers & Spa
PenichePraia - Bungalows, Campers & Spa
3 out of 5
Estrada Marginal Norte, S/N, Peniche, Leiria
The price is AU$52 per night from 14 Nov. to 14 Nov.
Situated in Peniche, this spa campsite is within 2 miles (3 km) of Cabo Carvoeiro, Museu da Renda de Bilros de Peniche and Church of São Pedro. National Museum ...
3.5/5 Good! (10 reviews)
"Really good location Nice staff Really quiet Nice room Good snack bar"

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2020

PenichePraia - Bungalows, Campers & Spa
Bukubaki eco surf resort
Bukubaki eco surf resort
4 out of 5
Rua do Juncal, Peniche
The price is AU$133 per night from 6 Nov. to 6 Nov.
Situated in Peniche, this campsite is within 3 miles (5 km) of Almagreira Beach, Baleal Beach and Peniche Beach (Praia de Peniche). Baleal Island and Bom Sucesso ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (21 reviews)
"Such a unique experience. The kids looooved it! Confort and very pretty! Totally in touch with nature! Recommend it!"

Reviewed on 20 Aug. 2020

Bukubaki eco surf resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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