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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 Island Round-Trip Ferry

2. Peniche: Berlengas Island Round-Trip Ferry

The Berlengas archipelago is situated 16km west of Peniche, a powerful granite block which belongs to the parish of St. Peter, in the Peniche municipality. The archipelago is a protected area that includes various nature reserves and is considered a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 2011. Depart from the harbor of Peniche and enjoy a 30-minute ferry ride along the turquoise sea waters. Arrive at the Berlengas harbor from where you will be able to freely explore the archipelago. Start with a visit to the São João Baptista fort built in the 17th-century. This little fort is one of the most visually striking buildings in Portugal. After this, go for a swim at Praia do Carreiro do Mosteiro, the only beach that is accessible and safe to swim from. Next, find the café and restaurant on the island before taking the ferry back to Peniche

Peniche: Berlenga Island Trip and Cave Tour

3. Peniche: Berlenga Island Trip and Cave Tour

Enjoy a trip to Berlengas Island on a fast boat and visit the caves while looking down through the glass bottom. Admire the outside and inside of different caves, like the Elephant cave, Dream cave, Furado Grande, and more. Afterward, take some time on your own to explore the Island. Walk the beach, gaze up at the lighthouse, discover Forte S. João Batista, and walk the Island's trails. Meet your guide and board a semi-rigid boat or sports yacht. Head toward Berlengas Island, an eco-haven with a visitor limit, so you can experience its true beauty without the crowds. First, take a short tour around the island and learn all about the different caves, while gazing at the underwater marine life through the glass-bottom boat. Spot the Elephant cave and feel amazed at the way the natural rock formations resemble the trunk and face of a great elephant. At the dream cave, take in one of nature's masterpieces and learn of its history. Then, at Furado Grande, learn why it translates to Big Hole and how it stretches across the entire island. Take your time afterward to guide yourself around the Island. Look out over the turquoise waters from the beach. Walk up to the lighthouse and imagine yourself alone. Then understand more of Portugal's history by examining the remains of Forte S. Joao Batista. Feel free to bring your own snacks, or some extra cash with you to buy them on the Island during the months of May through September.

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What people are saying about Peniche

Uncomplicated processing (except for the tax - the Portuguese website is probably being revised here to simplify it. Otherwise pay the tax on site at the counter). When the sea is calmer, the speedboat crossing is not too turbulent - but still has a rollercoaster feeling. Cave boat tour for €8 ok. All paths on the island explored, so you can enjoy nature away from the crowds. Worthwhile destination!

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.

The boat ride was a little rough since it was a bit windy but overall not bad. The island is beautiful and great for hicking.

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