Dec 14, 2018 - Dec 15, 2018
2 guests - 1 room
Peniche is another fisherman's village, nowadays known mostly by surfers, as it became one the most important surf spots in the country. The surrounding beaches are fabulous: from Baleal to Praia del Rey, even if you're not a surf fan! The town itself is not so interesting, great to eat fish, as there are plenty of restaurants .
Gayle and I left Obidos on a very rainy day and decided that we should get down to our next stop in Queluz as soon as possible. That meant skipping Nazare to the North. But as a small consolation, we did want to see the Ocean and Peniche was the closest spot. The beach was nice (and rough) and the surrounding buildings were typical and relatively uninteresting.
This is a little town with a big reputation in the surf community. With full-time residents numbering in the hundreds, Peniche has made a name for itself on the international surfing circuit for the (sometimes tragically) great waves at Supertubos beach. On the less extreme side, Peniche is also increasingly becoming a popular vacation spot for Brits looking for something a little out-of-the-typical. There are plenty of beaches in the area that aren't ALL about surfing, and while you will absolutely find small town charm without even looking for it, you'll also find a major grocery store, some good restaurants, and some fun beachside bars. The locals were all friendly when I was there-- beers all around, they said!
According to a local saying "who makes fishing nets, makes bobbin lace", since both lace and net making were traditional ocupations of women from fishing communities . You still can see many ladies working together on door steps or in the street during summer months, making the exquisite Peniche bobbin lace.