Peniche is a coastal city located in the Oeste Subregion of Portugal. The area subsists symbiotically with the oceanfront, boasting long sprawling beaches and maritime activities. It includes the Berlengas Islands situated about 10 kilometres off the mainland. Peniche is one of Portugal’s most important fishing ports, and its quaint downtown feel is attributed to its representative cultural preservation.
Tourists enjoy swimming and sunning along the Consolação and Baleal bays and surfing the world-class waves of Lagido Beach and Medão Grande Beach. The Nature Reserve on the Island of Berlengas is a popular attraction for sightseeing, hiking, and diving. The impressive Peniche Fort serves a prime historical interest in addition to the São Pedro and Misericórdia Churches. Other notable activities include visiting the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios Sanctuary, fishing, boat tours, and strolling through the Museu Municipal de Peniche.
Public transit is served by the Rodotejo and Rede Expressos buses routing out of the Peniche Station. It is a one hour drive by car from Lisbon along the A8 motorway. Walking and cycling are popular forms of transportation around the area.
The city of Peniche was built on a rocky peninsula and remains a subject of geological interest due to its representative appointment as a Toarcian turnover. Because of consistent swells and a variety of breaks, Peniche is one of the most prominent surfing locations in Europe.