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Berlengas Archipelago

Berlengas Archipelago: Our most recommended tours and activities

Peniche: Berlengas Island Trip, Hiking and Cave Tour

1. Peniche: Berlengas Island Trip, Hiking and Cave Tour

Discover the archipelago of Berlengas on a day trip from Peniche. Cross the sea in a glass-bottom boat, explore the caves on a tour, and relax on the beach. Begin your day with a ferry ride to the Berlegnas archipelago on a glass-bottom boat. As you ride, enjoy views beneath the waves of flitting fish. When you disembark, stroll on the warm beaches and enjoy the sounds of the waves calmly lapping at the shore. Join a local hiking tour to learn about Berlenga’s cultural and historical significance. Explore the island's geography. After your hike, go into the mysterious caves of the area before returning by ferry.

Peniche: Berlengas Roundtrip and Glass-Bottom Boat Cave Tour

2. Peniche: Berlengas Roundtrip and Glass-Bottom Boat Cave Tour

Start your tour by meeting your captain at the harbor of Peniche. Take a ferry towards the Berlengas archipelago, where your glass-bottom boat trip will take place. Then, take a 30-minute cruise around Berlengas, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve that includes various nature conservation sites. Look down into the clear waters and spot marine life. You will also enter some caves, such as the Blue Cave and the São João Batista Cave.

From Peniche: Fast Boat Berlengas Archipelago Round-Trip

3. From Peniche: Fast Boat Berlengas Archipelago Round-Trip

With calm beaches, clear waters, and an unspeakable beauty, the archipelago of Berlengas is the perfect day trip from Peniche.  Located approximately 7 miles away from Cape Carvoeiro, in Peniche, the archipelago consists of 3 island groups: Berlenga Grande, Estelas and Farilhões-Forcadas. The archipelago is also considered part UNESCO's World Network of Biosphere Reserves. The ferry will take you from Peniche to Berlengas, where you will be able to enjoy and explore the island on your own. You will have close to 4 hours to explore the archipelago before boarding the return ferry to the starting point.

From Lisbon: Berlenga Grande Sightseeing Tour

4. From Lisbon: Berlenga Grande Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy the beauty of the natural reserve that includes the island of Berlenga Grande that has been protected by the Portuguese government since 1465 and was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. See the sea caves and fortifications jutting out into the sea at the Fort of S. João Baptista. Start with being picked up by your friendly guide from your hotel in Lisbon. Travel to Berlenga Grande on a comfortable boat to explore some trails with an expert guide before heading to some dramatic sea caves by boat. Next, go to the Fort of S. João Baptista, which defended the seafarers of this archipelago for centuries. Be dazzled by the crystalline and wild waters and by the natural beauty of this remote place on the Portuguese coast before heading back to Lisbon.

Berlengas The Atlantic Frontier: Day Tour from Lisbon

5. Berlengas The Atlantic Frontier: Day Tour from Lisbon

On this full-day excursion you'll start at the city of Peniche, a traditional fishing village, where you'll find a boat waiting to take your group to Berlenga Island. After arriving at the island, you’ll then board a smaller boat in order to see St. John the Baptist Fort. Built in the 17th century, the fort was an important part of the shore defence system. Hear stories about the brave soldiers who defended it during the attack by the Spanish fleet. Take a walk back to the port along the authorized paths of the nature reserve, admiring the amazing views in this UNESCO Biosphere Heritage Site. At the port, you’ll have some free time for lunch (not included), or for a quick swim or snorkeling (equipment provided) at the beach nearby. There is just 1 restaurant on the Island, but it is of good quality and fresh fish is always available. If you bring a snack with you on the trip, you’ll find the island’s only beach just steps away. Snorkeling here is a good option, as undersea life is abundant and the waters are calm. After lunch, you’ll have a chance to kayak around the island if you like. The island cliffs are full of caves, and you can kayak through them. For the less active, there’s the option of touring the caves in a small glass-bottom boat. Afterwards, you’ll head back the mainland for the return trip to Lisbon.

From Lisbon: Berlengas Catamaran Cruise with Swimming

6. From Lisbon: Berlengas Catamaran Cruise with Swimming

Leave with us from Lisbon for this journey through the Atlantic highway, to live together an unforgettable experience on the Berlenga islands, breathtaking landscapes and crystal clear water.We will leave together with our Van or private car and after about 1 hour of travel we will reach the city of Peniche, where we will meet our boat to cross the ocean towards the Berlengas Islands. After about 40 minutes aboard a splendid new catamaran we will reach Berlenga Grande to live together an unforgettable experience on the crystalline waters of the Archipelago. The Arquipélago das Berlengas is located 16 km west of Peniche. The archipelago is a mighty block of granite. This territory belongs to the parish of São Pedro, council of Peniche. Apart from important corn from the island it is called Berlenga and represents mais de dois terços da superfície total from the island. The other part is called Ilha Velha and is found separated from the rest of the island by the sea erosion. The berlenga archipelago is a protected area integrating the natural reserves by the institute of conservation of nature and Flora (ICNF) and considered a biosphere reserve by unesco since 2011. Once landed on the island to its right we will find a small but very nice beach where you can swim, remember to bring your swimsuit and towel. During the summer it will certainly be a very nice moment of refreshment in the crystal clear waters of the island.We will visit the caves from the boat and walk the paths that will lead us to the large lighthouse and the Castle of San Giovanni Battista.For those who wish, you can rent snorkelling equipment directly on the island. We advise you to let us know in order to plan the visit and immersion times.after about 4 hours we will return by catamaran to Peniche. After a short tasting of typical products we will go to Obidos, a medieval village after which we will have the opportunity to experience the typical product "Ginginha" as well as walking along the city walls. We will return to Lisbon after 8 hours of tour.

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What people are saying about Berlengas Archipelago

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 857 reviews

A fun day. The boat tour in the caves was very cool. The guides were fun and informative. The fort is neat to visit but the hike there was a little sketchy. I was glad I didn’t have to hike the same trail back, instead the boat will pick you up at the fort and take you directly on the cave tour.

The boat trip was fun and informative. Super helpful and friendly staff. We did the combination hike and extra boat ride. Knowledgeable/friendly guides made the day fun and interesting. Island is beautiful and we would definitely go again.

Nice people, nice views, great experience. Beware of tourist tax, this is not included in the travel price and can cause some discomfort if not handled correctly, but is inexpensive.

Very well organised and lovely staff. The archipelago was absolutely stunning! What an amazing place to visit

This trip was very nice, this island is breathtaking! Beautiful views from everywhere you stand.