Bike and explore Baleal area

If you love breathtaking views and enjoy cycling, Baleal will never disappoint you. The variety of the landscape that this small but magnificent place offers will make you discover the beauty of nature and the energy of the ocean. From the Guesthouse only 1 km away you can reach the Island. About 5km north-east of Peniche, this charming village is connected by a way that divides the beach to the mainland town of Casais do Baleal. The wonderful stretch of sand offers surfers excellent access to the sea. On the beach there is no shortage of surf schools and several bars-restaurants. Along the road that divides the beach, you enter the heart of a village made up of white houses and cobbled streets where time has almost stopped. Drive up to the top to the parking lot. The vibe is
that of being surrounded only by the roar of the waves breaking on the rocks. The seagulls fly in the sky and you can get lost to the right through the narrow streets, until you reach the tip of the island. In front of you the coast is jagged, almost cut with blades. From this point you can admire the north coast and its rocky and jagged red soil. Continuing to the right is the Chapel of Santo Estêvão which stands on the oceanfront cliff. Going back on the left there’s the really nice Praia dos Barcos where you can see fishermen cleaning up their nets after a day of fishing. Going back you have plenty of nice bars facing the beach where you can stop and ejoy the view with a drink. If you want to continue there is a long cycle path that goes up to Peniche, along a strip of sand dunes, another feature of this area, not bad to go up and admire the view from there!

Taste Portuguese local food

It is extremely grateful and lucky to have the opportunity to travel and eat on the way around the world. You meet inspiring people and we are constantly discovering new ingredients and cooking techniques. Peniche is one of those places where you enjoy every moment. Peniche is popular for it’s long beaches and surf strands. It has one of the largest working traditional ports in Portugal also welcoming maritime-tourist activities throughout the year. The historic walled town centre and seaside fort are must-see destinations but it’s the beach life and endless possibilities of outdoor activities that are the main pull to the town. With seafood restaurants a plenty and a strong link to fishing, which has always been one of the main sources of income of it’s people.
The first stop to do is to the Mercado Municipal de Peniche which as with most European markets boast a full array of fresh, seasonal and attractive produce. For locals, fishing is in their blood and with the waters offering such rich delights and especially plentiful supplies of sardines you can see why. In Peniche the tradition is to serve the salted grilled sardines placed on top of bread to mop up all the juices, alty, fresh and beautiful with a side of cucumber and raw onions- Also, meatballs, whole crab and a spicy fish broth with coriander, selection of local cheeses all washed down with local wines. Speaking of desserts, have you already heard of the famous Pastel de Nata? In the main square of Peniche there are several pastry shops, all very good and with a great choice of delights!
Enjoy local food in Portugal!

Discover Peniche the fishermen village

Peniche is a small fishing village, where time has stopped and the ancient crafts are still alive. There are enchanting and some even hidden places that you absolutely must visit:

 

Cabo Carvoeiro – This is a beautiful cape with some interesting rock formations. You can admire it from a nearby viewpoint, or walk up closer along the cliff.
Cabo Carvoeiro has always been a danger to ships and boats. Many of them crashed against the cliffs. A small lighthouse has been here since 1790 and it has been warning sailors every night since then. Extraordinary at sunset, it’s a majestic cape with 25-metre cliffs that have strange karst formations on the top and face a limestone stack, the Nau dos Corvos (Ship of Crows). On the horizon you can spot the Berlengas Archipelago, while evidence of prehistoric human occupation was found in the Gruta da Furninha cave.

 

Igreja de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios – When you visit Cabo Carvoeiro poke your head inside this chapel dating to the 1600s.
It was built after an image of Mary had been found carved into the rock of one of the caves by the water, and remains the subject of a pilgrimage and festival every October.
It’s a gorgeous little compound that has outer walls protecting a courtyard with pines.
Go inside to see the blue and white tile panels evoking episodes from the life of Mary.

 

The Port – All roads in Peniche lead to the small port. It’s a lovely place with small boats and yachts floating on the water. Around it, you will find many good restaurants and bars, where you can sit outside and enjoy the breeze.

 

The Fortaleza de Peniche – The old, walled part of town is dominated by an impressive sixteenth century Fortaleza. Peniche’s fortress has been through numerous incarnations and was still being used by the military in the 1970s when it was converted into a temporary home for refugees from the newly-independent African colonies. Today the Fortaleza houses the municipal museum and a ‘nucleo-resistencia’ containing arefacts from the period during the nineteen fifties when the Fortaleza was used by the dictator Salazar as a prison for political dissidents. The Baroque Misericordia Church, in the main square, has a painted ceiling depicting scenes from the New Testament.

 

Igreja de São Pedro – This church is from the end of the 1500s, but as is often the case in Portugal it was given a big makeover in the 17th and 18th centuries.
The art in the chancel is from this period, and devoted to St Peter; there’s a statue of the saint, and 18th-century paintings of chapters from his life, like Quo Vadis and the Miraculous Catch of Fish.
And it wouldn’t be a Baroque altar without the usual mass of radiant gilt-wood, carved into columns and panels with foliate patterns surrounding cherubs.

 

Papoa Peninsula – A walk to the Papoa archipelago is a must. You will feel like you are on another planet. The path from the car park offers magnificent views of both the bay facing Peniche and the bay overlooking Baleal. Between natural steps and wooden bridges you can get to the tip of the promontory. Wind in your hair and the scent of the ocean, the screams of seagulls and vibe of freedom. This is what leaves a visit to Papoa.

 

Our top 4 list of things to do in Peniche, Portugal:

  1. Take a romantic sunset walk at Cabo Cavoeiro
  2. Witness the fishing fleet returning to port in the early morning and buy fresh produce straight off the boats.
  3. Catch a wave and enjoy the beach
  4. Enjoy a glass-bottomed boat tour to see the incredible rock formations and spectacular caves around Berlenga Island
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