Today’s post is dedicated to the city of Peniche and its local beauties. We will discover what to visit in Peniche and its surroundings listing the most interesting places that any tourists should not miss during their holiday in Portugal. Because Peniche, it is not just Surf & Yoga, but much more. This Portuguese town, located about 1 hour and 30 minutes by bus or car from Lisbon, can be an ideal place for those who want to combine a sporting holiday with a bit of good nightlife and activities & tours.
Moreover, as you may have already guessed, the Peniche context thanks to its strategic position, offers different places of great naturalistic interest, where the ocean is the main character.
But there are other locations worthy of being visited for their artistic and cultural value like: the historical Peniche old town dominated by the fortress and the nearby towns of Sintra and Obidos. Both of them deserve a special mention because they were nominated UNESCO heritage site and they represent two of the top attractions in Portugal.
If this brief introduction has been able to intrigue you, continue reading to find out what to visit in Peniche and surroundings.
What to visit in Peniche
The list of places to see at least once, after you have reached Peniche from Lisbon, are in our opinion a right mix of natural, cultural and sport attractions.
- Peniche Fortress
- City Museum of Peniche or Museu Municipal de Peniche
- Museu da Renda de Bilros de Peniche
- Igreja Paroquial de São Pedro de Peniche
- Monumento à Rendilheira
Discovering the city center
- Berlengas Archipelago
- Cabo Carvoeiro
- Baleal Beach
- Cabo Carvoeiro
- Supertubos Beach
- Praia da Consolaçao
- Molhe Leste Beach
- Porto de Areia Sul Beach
- Praia de Areia Branca
Most of these beaches are popular surfing spots and the surf school in Peniche run by Boa Onda Guesthouse, will be able to bring you to the best surf spots that suit your level.
Regarding the excursion to the Berlenga islands, our staff can assist you in many ways, for example:
- offering general and specific information about the tour
- advising you about the companies who run the excursion and their working timetable
- booking directly the tour for you
Obidos is a medieval town far just 25 minutes by car from the area where our guesthouse is located. The delightful town of Óbidos, with white houses adorned with bougainvilleas and honeysuckle was captured from the Moors by the first king of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques, in 1148. D. Dinis later presented it to his wife, Queen Santa Isabel. From then until 1883, the town of Óbidos and the surrounding land was always the property of the queens of Portugal. At this link more information about historical references.
Óbidos is one of the most perfect examples of medieval fortress in Portugal and we definitely recommend to visit it during your stay. Along the year, several events take place in Obidos old town, but the most popular are:
- the Holy Week Festivities (recreating the steps on the Way of the Cross)
- the Ancient Music Festival in October
- the International Chocolate festival in March (International experts will lead the competition)
Sintra is a beautiful town far 1 hour and 10 minutes by bus from Peniche. Sintra stays at the foot of the mountain range of the same name and thanks to its unique characteristics was classified by UNESCO as a World heritage site. During this process, it was even necessary to create a special category for the purpose, defined as “cultural landscape”. This happened in order to consider into account its natural riches as well as the historic buildings in the town and mountains. The mountains around the city are part of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park.
A full article about Sintra will arrive soon, but for the moment we would like to mention you that near Sintra there are some fantastic beaches to discover, like:
- das Maças
- Praia Grande
- Praia da Adraga
- Cabo da Roca (the westernmost point of mainland Europe)
- Colares (after which a demarcated wine-growing region is named)
- Azenhas do Mar a picturesque village inset in a cliff
The magic of medieval history
As always we hope to have provided you some useful information about your next holiday in Portugal. We would love to hear from you! Please share with us your opinions related the places reviewed, comment the articles here or on the social media accounts and let us know your ideas about what to visit in Peniche.
Finally, just send us an email at: info@boaondaguesthousepeniche, to receive a free quote about the services we offer:
- Yoga Classes
- Surf School
- Tailored made holiday packages
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