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Nau dos Corvos

It's just you and the sea out here at Cabo Carvoeiro, 2.5km from the town centre at the tip of the peninsula. But as you gaze out at the Atlantic from the windy platform, it's nice to know that under your feet is an…
Portuguese in Peniche

Taberna do Ganhão

This 'new school tavern' is a reconstituted 'old school tavern' where fishermen bought wine and groceries (plus it was the first in the area to have a telephone). The current owners have reinvigorated its spirit by …
Island in Peniche

Berlenga Grande

Sitting about 10km offshore from Peniche, and part of the Berlenga archipelago, Berlenga Grande is a spectacular, rocky and remote island, with twisting, shocked-rock formations and gaping caverns.
Beach in Peniche


About 5km to the northeast of Peniche is this scenic island-village, connected to the mainland village of Casais do Baleal by a narrow causeway (note: it's accessed through a car park). The fantastic sweep of sandy …
Fort in Peniche


Dominating the south of the peninsula, Peniche’s imposing 16th-century fortress was used in the 20th century as one of dictator Salazar’s infamous jails for political prisoners.
Museum in Peniche

Museu Municipal

Housed inside the fortress complex is this museum, whose most striking feature is the top floor, which has a row of cells for political prisoners from the dictatorship years, some used for solitary confinement. Floo…
Seafood in Peniche

Restaurante A Sardinha

Once a simple fishing tasca (tavern), this popular place was given a makeover a couple of years back, and boasts everything from gold and white painted chairs and designer lighting. But it hasn't lost what it does b…
Area in Peniche


While in Peniche, make sure you do the 8km circuit of the whole headland (walking is hot going, however, as much of it is on the road). At Cabo Carvoeiro, the very tip, there's a lighthouse and spectacular views of …
Pub in Peniche


This smoky but atmospheric pub is chock-a-block with old bikes, fishing paraphernalia and photos of Peniche from a bygone era. It pulls in the surfing and local crowds after anything from a toastie to a beer or cock…
Bar in Peniche

Java House

This popular place has an atmospheric exposed-rock interior and terrace. It deals in everything from early-morning coffees to sandwiches and crêpes. The lights dim later in the evening, and DJs strut their stuff.