Portugal Surfness Tour
By SURFNESSLODGE TEAM
The Berlengas Archipelago is a group of small islands located off the Portuguese coast, about 15 kilometers from the city of Peniche. The islands that make up this pristine and wild archipelago are the island of Berlenga Grande, the islets of Estelas and the islets of Farilhões-Forcadas. On the largest island, Berlenga Grande, there is an ancient fortress and a very suggestive lighthouse. The archipelago has been declared a nature reserve thanks to its wonderful local flora and fauna, the latter particularly rich in seabirds, such as the shag, saffron, the northern herring gull, the petrel Harcourt. Berlenga Grande is renowned for hosting numerous beaches and caves and its beautiful sea is characterized by a coral reef vibrant with marine life, with incredible fishiness. In summer the island is filled with different types of flowers and the whole archipelago in general offers a very varied flora, with about 100 different botanical species counted up to now. During the year, the Berlengas Archipelago is visited by scientists and, in the summer season, by a small number of tourists.
∗ Ferry from Peniche
Praia dos Supertubos
Considered one of the best beaches for surfing and bodyboarding in Portugal, both nationally and internationally, Praia do Supertubos (Medao Grande) south of the fishing port of Peniche is famous for its perfect tubing waves. Supertubos is considered a world-class wave and forms on the best beachbreak ) of Portugal. The beach attracts fans of this sport from all parts of the world in every season and every year hosts the stage of the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal surfing world championship ( World Surf League Tour ), the world professional surf circuit.
Since ancient times Peniche has lived linked to the sea. Initially it was an island but then with the wind and the sea current it turned into a peninsula. Its strategic position, the richness of their land and its coast were occupied by different civilizations since prehistoric times. During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries prosperity continued with the construction of an important defense system that protected the population from pirate attacks, consolidating the economic and social structure of the population. Today the town retains its historical charm through the walls, the fortress, the promontory of Cabo Carvoeiro, as well as the modern stretch that offers various services to welcome tourists from all over the world.
Óbidos and its lagoon
Óbidos and its lagoon represent one of the 7 Portuguese wonders. This fascinating place, an infinite timeless village is a splendid “open air museum” composed of white houses surrounded by a medieval castle.
Bordered by the Ginja de Óbidos, Peniche is enchanted by the magic of the old walls of Óbidos. In addition to history in this place, you can enjoy modernity, walking among the dunes of the great lagoon of Foz do Arelho, Bom Sucesso and Praia d’El Rei.
Nazarè and Praia do Norte "Big Wave"
The beach of Nazarè, with its mild climate and remarkable natural beauty, boasts some of the oldest Portuguese fishing traditions. This is the Portuguese beach with the most picturesque uses and customs related to fishing and as tradition dictates, during the summer months, every Saturday late in the day, traditionally, we meet on the seafront, to watch the show “L ‘ Arte Xávega “(seine fishing), when the nets loaded with fish are removed from the water.
Praia do Norte, is located north of the imposing Promontory of Nazarè, better known as “Sítio”. Praia do Norte is not supervised and is immersed in a rural and wild environment, where the dunes protect the original vegetation. The sea is very popular with surfers, who find here the waves most spectacular of the coast high even 30/35 meters, ridden by the best big wave riders in the world as well as by the Hawaiian Garrett McNamara and Hugo Vau. The formation of waves of such proportions in this very place is due to the position of the Nazaré canyon, the largest submerged gorge in Europe with an extension of 200 kilometers and reaching 5000 meters in depth. Its front part, which is less than a kilometer from the coast, affects the characteristics of the undulation when it comes from the west, giving rise to very high waves.
Bombarral's Garden of Eden
In the Quinta dos Loridos (Loridos estate) of the city of Bombarral, you will find a place of meditation that is at the same time a real open-air art gallery; the 35 hectares of the Buddha Eden Garden are dotted with 200 statues representing cultures from all over the world. The exhibition includes Asian terracotta statues, Buddha images (a tribute to the huge Buddha statues of Bamiyan), African sculptures, as well as an area dedicated to contemporary art, with works by both Portuguese and foreign artists.