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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.

From Peniche: Fast Boat Berlengas Archipelago Round-Trip

2. 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.

Peniche: Berlengas Island Round-Trip Ferry

3. 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: Berlengas Roundtrip and Glass-Bottom Boat Cave Tour

4. 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.

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What people are saying about Peniche

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.

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