Peniche is located right in the center of Portugal's West Coast
Peniche is located the center of west Portugal, about 89 km north of the country capital, Lisbon.
Peniche was an island until the Middle Ages, but it progressively became a peninsula as from the seventeenth century.
Legend has it that a group of Lusitanians escaping retaliation by Julius Caesar’s hosts took refuge in the island and founded the town.
Peniche's town centre
Nowadays Peniche town is located in a peninsula with aproximately 10Km perimeter that forms an isthmus where the Cape Carvoeiro is it's western limit.
To the west of the Peniche peninsula is to be found in the Atlantic ocean the Berlengas archipelago a Natural Reserve home to abundant sea life with some endemic flora and fauna species but also excellent shipwreck sites great for scuba diving.
Peniche in a timelapse video by João Marques
Surfing has been part of Peniche's daily lifestyle for the last decade or so. Records of foreign surfers date back to the mid 1960's. Nowadays the region is Portugal's main surfing area and although there's no large urban centre it is considered by many the true Portuguese surf capital.
The variety of surf spots available providing unique consistency in Portugal but also the ASP World Tour Championship presence in October are two of the main reasons for this claim.