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Peniche: Berlengas Island Trip, Hiking and Cave Tour

1. Peniche: Berlengas Island Trip, Hiking and Cave Tour

Discover the archipelago of Berlengas, located approximately 7 miles from Cape Carvoeiro. Consisting of 3 island groups - Berlenga Grande, Estelas, and Farilhões-Forcadas, the archipelago is considered part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves by UNESCO Enjoy views beneath the waves on the glass-bottom ferry across to the archipelago. Stroll on the calm beaches and enjoy the sounds of the waves calmly lapping at the shore. Follow a hiking tour to learn about Berlenga’s cultural and historical significance. Go sightseeing in the caves of the area.

Peniche: Berlengas Island Round-Trip Ferry

2. 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

Berlengas The Atlantic Frontier: Day Tour from Lisbon

3. 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.

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What people are saying about Peniche

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 90 reviews

The boat trip was really exciting, as we sped across the big waves. The island was beautiful and very interesting to learn about from the guides. All of the staff were fun, efficient and knowledgable. I felt safe the entire time we spent on the boat and would highly recommend Feeling Berlenga to others. We travelled in early April, so the full facilities of the island weren’t open yet. That didn’t deter us, as the company pre-empted this by telling us to bring food with us. In fact, we were extremely lucky to travel when we did, as the trip had to be rescheduled once due to unpredictable April weather. The pay-off was that carpet of wild spring flowers covered the island, which made the air smell sweet. Our guide told us that these will be mostly scorched away by the height of the tourist season in July.

A magnificent experience Great guides, a great discovery! A little hike that puts stars in our eyes! My 10 year old son loved it. Young children would be in difficulty given the beautiful uphill walk but for older children do not hesitate! Thank you

It was a lot of fun. The "ride" over the waves to the island was exciting, but not for the faint of heart.

The Berlengas are a must see destination when you visit Portugal. Had a great day.

Wonderful trip, well worth the money. Beautiful Island with stunning views.