Top ChoicePortuguese in Peniche

Nau dos Corvos

It's just you and the sea out here at Cabo Carvoeiro, 2.5km from town at the tip of the peninsula. As you gaze out at the Atlantic from the windy rooftop viewing platform, it's nice to know that under your feet...

Top ChoiceBeach 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...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Peniche


Connoisseurs of the cocktail will want to burrow themselves into the palette lounges at this in-the-know bar tucked away inside a residential complex – it's easily Peniche's best for creative mixology. Pair a...

Top ChoiceArea 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...

Fort in Peniche

Fortaleza de 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. By the entrance where prisoners...

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...

International in Peniche

Os Americanos

There's no sugarcoating what's going down at this wildly popular restaurant inside Residencial Maciel II – an American couple (with Portuguese and Russian roots) satiate homesick crowds with mostly American-style...

Museum in Peniche

Museu da Renda de Bilros

For those interested in the Peniche tradition of bobbin lace, this museum, inaugurated in 2016, offers an interesting glimpse into this traditional coastal lace textile technique with a short introductory film...

Supermarket in Peniche

Super Lagíde

Don't ask us how an otherwise unremarkable supermarket (fine for quick provisions) became the happy hour of choice among the surf crowd but its patio is packed every night from 5pm to 7pm for two-for-one 200ml...

Pub in Peniche

Três Ás

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...

Factory in Peniche

Escola de Rendas de Bilros

At this school attached to Peniche’s turismo building, you can watch the nimble (and chatty) ladies in action as the organised 'chaos' of their bobbins produces exquisite lace.

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 crepes. The lights dim later in the evening, and DJs occasionally strut...

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 to designer lighting. But it hasn't lost what it does...

Seafood in Peniche

Restaurante Popular

This harbourside spot serves up good seafood. The tasty daily specials reflect what's been caught locally – the five types of espetados (skewers) of mixed fish are very tasty.