What to see and do while in Peniche, Portugal
The town of Peniche itself is not a must see in my opinion. It is a city on a peninsula sitting on top of cliffs, surrounded by the Atlantic. It has a small old town and a small fort, but it’s known for two things, surf and Berlanges which are neither in the town itself. The surf is best in the near by town of Ferrel and the island of Berlanges which is only accessible by boat. Peniche offers Ferry rides for around 20 Euro’s per person to the near by island. Yes, this is expensive for an hour long boat ride, but the island of Berlanges is a must see! The island is outlined with water as clear as the Mediterranean, several large caves and the 16 century Fort of São João Baptista which is simply beautiful.
Wine and Dine
There is not that much to do in Peniche besides eat and there were plenty of sea food restaurants to feed hungry tourist. Finding a local resuturant with local prices was a challenge. The only place we can recommend is a cafe in the square called Padaria Pastelaria, which had a great breakfast.
Getting to Peniche requires a little effort, but once you are there you’re able to walk around the entire peninsula of Peniche within a couple hours, so you don’t need transportation to get around. You’ll need a boat to get to the island of Berlanges. Ideially a private boat would be the way to go, but we struck out and were forced to take a ferry. The ferry companies will try to talk you into a 3 hour stay which is not enough, so be sure to ask about drop off and pick up times. We departed Peniche at 10 am and left Berlanges around 4, this was the longest we were allowed but could have stayed longer. They have smaller boats for cave tours for 5 Euro per person, which is just ok.
We found cheap private room at Residential Aviz. A family run place with simple rooms, some outdated decor, but in a prime location.