The quaint fishing port of Peniche lies in the shelter of a great headland on Portugal ‘s rugged Atlantic coast. As late as the mid-16th century, the town was part of an 8-kilometre-wide island, although an accumulation of sand gradually joined it to the mainland to form the present peninsula.

A small area of 74.6 Km2, Peniche combines a large modern fishing harbour with a 17th century military complex that symbolizes its ancient strategic value.

Today the town is most famous for its lace-making and fishing, and of course the abundance of gorgeous beaches and surf spots. With it numerous fish restaurants, which during the summer serve up some of the tastiest sardines in Portugal.