- Baleal - Small Island, located north of Peniche, where in ancient times it was hunting site for whales
- Peniche - The capital of Surf in Portugal
- Consolação - Beach with unique therapeutic conditions
Separated from the mainland by a sandy branch, divided between the north beach and the south beach, surrounded by magnificent long sandy beaches of rare beauty. Once, when the two sea side’s joined as one the crossing could only be made by boat, today there is a jetty that separates the two beaches.
Where the Atlantic ocean breeze and the small white dunes invite you for seaside walks, the south side extends to the north beach of Peniche with the name Praia da Gambôa, the north side with golden sand and clay rocky cliffs lost beyond the sight named Pedras Muitas links with the Óbidos Lagoon.
Considered one of the most beautiful Portuguese beaches, the evenings are admired with the stunning sunsets, there you can also view the Berlengas islands, providing unique moments of natural beauty.
On the island we can visit the chapel of Santo Estevão and also the various small beaches and several restaurants overlooking northern, south Baleal and Lagido.
Baleal and Peniche offer elite conditions in Europe for water sports, in 1993 opened the first surf school in the region and today there are more then twenty other schools for water sports practices.
With about 20 million years the Cape Carvoeiro, one of the main features, is one of the symbols of the Natural Heritage of Peniche, with a significant scientific contribution the geological formation with calcareous sedimentary rocks dates back from the lower Jurassic period,.
Nau dos Corvos the cities exlibris, famous for the stunning cliffs and the unique rocky formation where gulls and crows nest.
One of the many places to visit is the fortress of Peniche, built by King D.João III in 1557 and completed by King D.João IV in 1645, this fortress was used for different purposes according to the historical occurrences during the times, it was a for military use until 1897, a refugee location from South Africa at the beginning of the XX century, residence of German and Austrian prisoners during World War I, a political prison between 1934 and 1974 and also a temporary accommodation for Portuguese families that fled from overseas colonies, in 1984 its transformed into a Municipal Museum.
Fishing is the main economical activity of this city. The port of Peniche is one of most important in the Portuguese coast.
The main craft is represented by famed bilros fabrics, Oriental technique maintained by the fishermen’s women.
In this fishing town the gastronomic level is highly appreciated presenting the wonderful treats of what the Atlantic Ocean can offer us, the many kinds of fresh fish in the Caldeirada stew, fish soup, local lobster and of course the famous grilled sardines.
The Peniche beaches are known internationally for their various events, surfing, body boarding,
kitsurf, diving and paddle among others, the result of the good conditions our coast provides for the practice of water sports.
The south beach is has excellent therapeutic conditions, the accumulated iodine combined with other natural conditions, such as exposure to the sun, provides the physical well-being for bone diseases. Many thousands of people come here during the bathing season for this rare practice making this beach unique in Europe.
Also much appreciated for surfing and windsurf practices the north side with different landscapes and with a coastline extending for several kilometres towards Peniche.