Peniche on Portugal's
is a popular destination for many tourists, thanks to
the wide sandy beaches surrounding the fishing port.
Peniche is not only a town though it is also a
municipality made up of six parishes - Ajuda, Atouguia
de Baleia, Conceicao, Ferrel, Sao Pedro and Serra d'el
is situated on a peninsula which juts out into the
Atlantic Ocean though once was an island. As recently as
the 16th century
Peniche was an eight kilometre wide
in the intervening years a build up of sand and silt
have made this but a distant memory.
it's geo position and natural harbour
has been the main industry and there are hundreds of
restaurants with menus packed with sardine recipes. The
Peniche is most famous for it's lace-making and
the impressive Ilha da Berlenga, which
lies seven kilometres off the coast of
Peniche. Iha da
Berlenga, which has a lighthouse is not inhabited today
and is a protected Maritime Reserve, the nesting ground
to thousands of birds including Guillemot.
is also a hot spot for surfers keen to catch the waves
at the town's beaches of SuperTubos, Molhe Leste and
Consolação to the south and Baleal to the north,
created by the town's unique geographical position and
the ferocity of the Atlantic Ocean.
Location Map of
Peniche, Silver Coast, Portugal