Fish and more
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What may take you to Peniche?
1 - The fish - fresh, delicious and... cheap.
As one of the biggest Portuguese fishing towns, the struggle in Peniche's harbour is dense and severe, deserving some minutes of observation, before leaving to Berlengas or sitting in a restaurant for a fish delight.
Eating fish is a must. Of course!
2 - The fort - a monument to freedom
Once a prison for political opponents to the dictatorship, the fort was transformed in a monument to freedom.
The visit still allows the feeling of the severe conditions of the prisoners, and the trauma of listening to a lively life so close, from the other side of the walls, and being kept so confined and watched.
The government is trying to sell it to private business... maybe you may stay there in a future hotel
3 - The surf - the best in portuguese coast, say some specialists
Though not particularly good for a normal bath (as elsewhere in the west coast, the water is cold... and this is the only against) this beach is very popular to surf and body board.
The access is easy, and, out of peak season, parking is also not so problematic as in the other beaches in the area. The sand strip is long and large, allowing peace and tranquility.
The services in the beach are limited, but you may rent some equipment
Baleal, that I will describe elsewhere is located at the ending of this long beach.
4 – Berlengas trip - the archipelago that is a natural park
Peniche is the usual and best starting point to a trip to Berlengas (Nazaré and S. Martinho do Porto are, also, possible starting points, but without commercial carriers, so, unless you have a friend with a boat, you must leave from Peniche).
I will make a review with the usefull details
5 - Need more? Than look at the town, and find for yourself the minor attractions and the nearby beaches.
Most visitors spend only a little time with the town itself, but if you have time, give it some minutes: it´s an old town, surrounded by strong and old walls, with the look and smells of the dominant sea, the life of the harbor, the gardens, and.
A roundabout in Portugal means a fountain or a statue. Near the fort, the solution was a statue as a celebration of the sailors. Well... reasonable idea, but... ugly piece (my opinion, of course...).
Cabo Carvoeiro, a rocky promontory enters the sea for almost 4 km, with the hard combat between sea and rock building dramatic figures and landscapes.
A good observation point for the Berlengas archipelago and the coast, it is also a privileged destination for sport fishers.
Not far from town, at the southern end of a long beach, Consolação is a village where the beach is bad to bath, but considered to have medicinal convenients. Don't be surprised if you see people standing in the rocks around the small fortress, even out of bathing season.