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“What saddo would say it’s not worth it??”

Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Peniche
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Reviewed 31 August 2018 via mobile

Sorry but the lady who gave it 1 star must be one of those tourists who go abroad and spend whole week in all inclusive hotel, sweating next to the pool.

The boat ride was scary yes. We took “Feeling Berlenga” yellow speed boat. That was €22 pp and it was def worth it. Choppy ride made me wanna kiss the ground when l got off but it was only 20min and crew was super nice.

The island is beautiful. We easily killed 4h going around exploring. Didn’t pay for anything extra except food in a restaurant (try grilled sardines really nice for €12!)

Beautiful views, wildlife, birds and lizards. Old ford is a super instagram pic!;) clear green water with plenty of fish.

Take a bikini if you are brave to take a dip. Water was cold;)

A bit of a walking there and back might leave you out of breath but at least you will feed your brain with crisp ocean air instead of lounging on sweaty deckchair;)

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Reviewed 20 August 2018

Truly beautiful islands just off the coast of Peniche, Portugal north of Lisbon with crystal clear waters and dramatic red rock cliffs. The islands have a rich history of pirates and use as a protective stronghold to guard the coast with a brilliant fort to show for it. Activities include hiking, a tour of the fort, one small beach, kayaking, and glass bottom boat tours. For the truly rugged, you can even stay overnight in the fort in very rustic hostel-like accommodations.

1  Thank ElSueno3000
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Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

After reading all the glowing reviews about the trip from other visitors we decided to give it a go. We found it difficult to book a boat crossing as it was in the height of the summer and boat trips were in high demand.

Our verdict...

The boat ride there left us all feeling nauseous as the sea was choppy. It took approximately 45 minutes and wasn’t pleasant.

The island belongs to the sea gulls, lizards and ants. It is a large rock covered mainly with bird poo and feathers. It has a small beach which was overcrowded, a restaurant, toilet, buildings to the top (which you cannot access), some ruins (which includes a fort) and a nature trail (which is nothing special). There were additional water activities you could pay separately for like glass bottom boat rides, snorkelling, cave coving and diving.

We spent 4 hours on the rock and this was ample time. There was also the continuous arrival of boats with more tourists, so the rock became quickly overcrowded.

The journey back took 30 minutes as the sea was calmer, but still isn’t recommended for those that suffer with sea sickness.

For the privilege of taking part in this excursion, it cost the family 78 euros. In my opinion not worth it. Spend your money on Portugal’s fine dining instead.

2  Thank Tricia L
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Reviewed 14 August 2018

We went with the fast boat from Peniche to Belengas. Wth the whole family, and we had a wonderful magic day. The kids loved it so much that they still talk about it now. Its a great daytrip- take wetsuits so you can jump in the water, visit the caves and go and look for the lizzards which only exists on this island.

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Reviewed 12 August 2018

For a day trip this is one of the best places you can visit in Portugal. 1 hour away from Lisbon, you can enjoy a great day by the beach, or climb to the highest point in the island and just enjoy the peaceful views to the ocean.
There are several companies that can take you to Berlengas by boat, we would recommend the Feeling Berlenga company, they have slower and faster boats, and we were very impressed by the fast boat that took us there. Small boat with maybe 15 or 16 seats. Only 20 minutes away, cutting all the waves, it was full of adrenaline and good vibes, music blasting, great atmosphere and the staff was all the time asking if everyone was feeling okay (because some people might get nauseous), and helping with the life vests. We felt really safe, but we also had a blast with the trip. After passing the Carvoeiro cape, you can really feel the waves, but it was all very funny and safe. You can go in the morning and come in the afternoon, and they have boats on different schedules.
About the island itself, it has a small bar/restaurant in the marina where you arrive, the prices are very okay, considering the fact that nothing comes from the island. The island also offers a camping site, but you should be aware that at night there is no electricity, since they turn off the generators that supply the whole island. Besides that, you also have a fort in the island, with stunning views to the island itself and to the coastline.
You can also have a swim at the small beach that is on the marina, and also close to the fort there is a small place where people can go for a swim. There are actually more beaches, but they are a bit far and we didn't have the time to take a look at those, but if you have the time, we bet they are amazing! :)
Also, watch out for the seagulls, they don't come at you, but don't approach them, after all, this is their island :)

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