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Peniche: Berlengas Island Round-Trip Ferry

1. Peniche: Berlengas Island Round-Trip Ferry

The Berlengas archipelago is situated 16km west of Peniche, a powerful granite block which belongs to the parish of St. Peter, in the Peniche municipality. The archipelago is a protected area that includes various nature reserves and is considered a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 2011. Depart from the harbor of Peniche and enjoy a 30-minute ferry ride along the turquoise sea waters. Arrive at the Berlengas harbor from where you will be able to freely explore the archipelago. Start with a visit to the São João Baptista fort built in the 17th-century. This little fort is one of the most visually striking buildings in Portugal. After this, go for a swim at Praia do Carreiro do Mosteiro, the only beach that is accessible and safe to swim from. Next, find the café and restaurant on the island before taking the ferry back to Peniche

From Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Kayak and Caves Tour

2. From Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Kayak and Caves Tour

Depart from Sesimbra and discover the beauty of Arrábida Natural Park. Enter the protected area to explore the different types of habitats, from the mountains to the sea. Venture along the coast by kayak to locate sacred caves that are only accessible by boat. Encounter secret beaches as you make your way towards the remarkable karst formation of the Gruta do Frade. Soak up the coastal scenery and get up close to the impressive rock formations with the help of your guide. Then, make your way back towards Sesimbra and stop at the tranquil beach of Ribeiro do Cavalo. Enjoy a snack and go for a swim in the transparent waters, surrounded by dramatic rock formations. Taste some typical sweets from the region to end your amazing experience.

Peniche: Berlengas Roundtrip and Glass-Bottom Boat Cave Tour

3. Peniche: Berlengas Roundtrip and Glass-Bottom Boat Cave Tour

Start your tour by meeting your captain at the harbor of Peniche. Take a ferry towards the Berlengas archipelago, where your glass-bottom boat trip will take place. Then, take a 30-minute cruise around Berlengas, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve that includes various nature conservation sites. . Look down into the clear waters and spot marine life. You will also enter some caves, such as the Blue Cave, the São João Batista Cave as well as a large wind cave.

From Peniche: Fast Boat Berlengas Archipelago Round-Trip

4. From Peniche: Fast Boat Berlengas Archipelago Round-Trip

With calm beaches, clear waters, and an unspeakable beauty, the archipelago of Berlengas is the perfect day trip from Peniche.  Located approximately 7 miles away from Cape Carvoeiro, in Peniche, the archipelago consists of 3 island groups: Berlenga Grande, Estelas and Farilhões-Forcadas. The archipelago is also considered part UNESCO's World Network of Biosphere Reserves. The ferry will take you from Peniche to Berlengas, where you will be able to enjoy and explore the island on your own. You will have close to 4 hours to explore the archipelago before boarding the return ferry to the starting point.

Berlengas The Atlantic Frontier: Day Tour from Lisbon

5. Berlengas The Atlantic Frontier: Day Tour from Lisbon

On this full-day excursion you'll start at the city of Peniche, a traditional fishing village, where you'll find a boat waiting to take your group to Berlenga Island. After arriving at the island, you’ll then board a smaller boat in order to see St. John the Baptist Fort. Built in the 17th century, the fort was an important part of the shore defence system. Hear stories about the brave soldiers who defended it during the attack by the Spanish fleet. Take a walk back to the port along the authorized paths of the nature reserve, admiring the amazing views in this UNESCO Biosphere Heritage Site. At the port, you’ll have some free time for lunch (not included), or for a quick swim or snorkeling (equipment provided) at the beach nearby. There is just 1 restaurant on the Island, but it is of good quality and fresh fish is always available. If you bring a snack with you on the trip, you’ll find the island’s only beach just steps away. Snorkeling here is a good option, as undersea life is abundant and the waters are calm. After lunch, you’ll have a chance to kayak around the island if you like. The island cliffs are full of caves, and you can kayak through them. For the less active, there’s the option of touring the caves in a small glass-bottom boat. Afterwards, you’ll head back the mainland for the return trip to Lisbon.

Peniche: Dolphin Route Boat Trip

6. Peniche: Dolphin Route Boat Trip

Enjoy a 2-hour tour departing from Peniche Marina that will take you around the coast. Along the way, you’ll spot a variety of sea life that may include sharks, turtles, seabirds, and dolphins. The most commonly spotted dolphin is the Roaz Corvineiro, also known as the common bottlenose dolphin. As you travel along the west coast by boat, you’ll be able to see dolphins in their natural habitat. In this region, the dolphins can reach 4-meters in length and be up to 45-years old.

From Peniche: 1-Hour Cabo Carvoeiro Boat Tour

7. From Peniche: 1-Hour Cabo Carvoeiro Boat Tour

Cabo Carvoeiro is located at the western end of the Peniche peninsula in an area of great scenic beauty. Witness its geological formations at Náu do Corvos and be impressed by jutting rocks. Feel the adrenaline of a high-speed boat ride as your tour the coastline. Meet your skipper and set out into the sea to tour the Peniche coastline. Start off at a low speed and make several stops to take photos and admire beautiful rock formations. Stop at Náu do Corvos and then prepare for an adrenaline-fueled journey towards Consolação. Reach speeds up to 40 knots as you zip through the sea.

From Lisbon: Berlenga Grande Sightseeing Tour

8. From Lisbon: Berlenga Grande Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy the beauty of the natural reserve that includes the island of Berlenga Grande that has been protected by the Portuguese government since 1465 and was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. See the sea caves and fortifications jutting out into the sea at the Fort of S. João Baptista. Start with being picked up by your friendly guide from your hotel in Lisbon. Travel to Berlenga Grande on a comfortable boat to explore some trails with an expert guide before heading to some dramatic sea caves by boat. Next, go to the Fort of S. João Baptista, which defended the seafarers of this archipelago for centuries. Be dazzled by the crystalline and wild waters and by the natural beauty of this remote place on the Portuguese coast before heading back to Lisbon.

Peniche: Surf Class for All Levels

9. Peniche: Surf Class for All Levels

Experience the thrill of surfing on the Atlantic Ocean during this 1.5-hour surf class. Learn basic skills as a beginner or expert tips and tricks if you're an advanced surfer. Discover the best spots for surfing around Peniche, including white sand beaches and waves suitable for all skill levels. Explore hidden spots with your local surf guide, and experiment with a variety of board sizes and shapes.

Peniche: 24-Hour Stand Up Paddleboard Rental

10. Peniche: 24-Hour Stand Up Paddleboard Rental

How many times have you wanted to get on the waves but couldn't because you didn't have a board or because you didn't have a way to transport it to the beach? It was with these situations in mind that we created the surfboard rental service in Peniche. You just have to go to our store with your identification document, take care of the documentation and, in an instant, you are ready to go! May nothing take you away from the waves! Rent a SUP that fits you. Rent an experience. Don't miss this opportunity to have fun, and enjoy every day in an unique way.

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What people are saying about Peniche

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 660 reviews

Beautiful views, and easy journey round the caves and cliffs, even got the chance to cliff jump! Provided with waterproof bags for personal belongings. Fantastic tour guide who also recommended us a lovely restaurant for dinner afterwards! All round a fantastic experience!

We loved the journey from start to finish, seeing some coves and a beach where we made a stop. The majestic monitors, explaining the history of the coves and brought us juice and a typical sweet from Sesimbra.

Fantastic activity, ideal distance for padelling to beautiful rock formations, caves and remote beach in wonderful clear water with amazing blue-green tones.

We really enjoyed the tour. The staff were amazing and visiting the island was definitely worth it.

Beautiful tour, friendly guides and delicious snacks on the beach. Couldn't really ask for more!