Peniche, Portugal

I have had the opportunity to live all over the world, from Singapore to Vancouver to Toronto to England and of course my favorite, Peniche, Portugal! With some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, Peniche has definitely been put on the map. Located 45 minutes north of Lisbon, Peniche is well known for its fresh fish and pipeline waves! Home to the Rip Curl Pro Search Tour held annually in October, our waves have been surfed by some of the worlds most famous surfers: Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, Owen Wright and many more!


Where to Stay:
Marriott Praia D’El Rey – This 5 star beach & golf resort is located 15 minutes from Peniche.

Hotel Soleil & Hotel Praia Norte – Both these hotels are located at the entrance of Peniche, and are within walking distance to the beach and bars!

Within Peniche there are numerous hostels, and bed and breakfasts which are all located close to the beach, bars, and restaurants! For avid surfers you may want to check out surf camp hostels located in Baleal

Bars & Restaurants:
Along the Marina strip, there are plenty of restaurants and bars! If you want more of a beach feel atmosphere be sure to head to Baleal, where you’ll find numerous bars right on the beach! The nightlife in Peniche is great, with bars open until 4am and clubs usually until 7am. There is never a dull moment!


Onda Azul – Located next to the Marina, this restaurant offers some of the freshest fish in town!

Popular – best Caldeirada in town

Nau dos Corvos – Located at the tip of Peniche this restaurant offers some of the best views!

Tasca do Joel – Great food and great wine!

Lunchbox – Located just north of the Marina, make sure to stop by this hot spot for your 5€ plate of the day!

Mae D’agua – Located about 15 minutes south of Peniche, in a town called Bombarral, this restaurant is situated in a renovated barn! The menu consists of traditional Portuguese food with a twist! My suggestion is the fish lasagna!

Java House – Located off the Marina, you can enjoy a wide selection of coffees, teas, frappes, cocktails, and much more! The atmosphere of Java House is like no other in Peniche!

Tres As – Also located on the Marina, this multi level pub style bar offers a wide variety of food and cold beverages!

Bar da Praia – Located right on the beach in Baleal, this hot spot has breathtaking views all day long!

Baleal Cocktail – Also located in Baleal, this surfer bar is great to mix and mingle!

Bar do Bruno – Located right on the beach in Baleal, this bar is known for its non stop partying and great music!

Voila – Open usually in the summers and for Carnaval this famous club is well known for its crazy foam parties!

Gira Discos – This club is open usually all year round, and has seen the faces of some of the hottest Portuguese performers!

What to do:
Surf – There are numerous surf camps located in Baleal. Surf Castle, Maximum Surf Camp, Peniche Surf Camp, Baleal Surf Camp, Baia Surf School, Alex Surf School and many more!

(Baleal Beach - Famous for surfing!)


Praia D’El Rey Beach and Golf Resort – This championship golf course is one of the most famous courses in Portugal!

Royal Obidos – This 18 hole course was designed by Seve Ballesteros, and opened the doors to the public early January 2012!

(Royal Obidos Golf Course)

Bom Sucesso – Luxury golf course has been played by many, including famous English Golfer Barry Lane!

Altantico Golf – Located 5 minutes from Peniche, in the beach town of Consolacao.

Visit Berlenga – A 20 minute boat ride (tickets for boats can be purchased at the Marina) from Peniche, is the island of Berlenga, with crystal blue water and unique rock formations, Berlenga is a must see in the summer! If you’re an avid camper make sure to book your spot early!

(Elephant Rock Formation)

(Berlenga Island)

(Fort @ Berlenga)



  1. January 17, 2012 / 6:15 pm

    Beautiful photos and thank you so much for sharing them. 😉

    • Christina
      January 17, 2012 / 8:25 pm

      Hey Berty! My Pleasure! IT’s a place you must visit!!! xo

  2. Tony
    January 17, 2012 / 10:48 pm

    Miss this place

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