rocky shore along the most westernmost part of N114 in Peniche, Portugal

The Rocky Coast of Peniche, Portugal

There’s something powerful and captivating about waves crashing into a rocky cliff, sending up a fountain of sea foam, then retreating back into the ocean.

It’s calming. It’s humbling. And it’s beautiful.

kids watching out onto the Atlantic from the rocky shore along the most westernmost part of N114 in Peniche, Portugal
kids watching out onto the Atlantic from the rocky shore along the most westernmost part of N114 in Peniche, Portugal

An old fishing town on the coast of Portugal, Peniche is known most of all for its beaches, great surfing waves, fortresses and sanctuaries, and the nearby Nature Reserve on the Island of Berlengas.

screen shot of Peniche, Portugal from Google Maps
screen shot of Peniche, Portugal from Google Maps

But the thing that I liked the most was the rugged, rocky shore of the westernmost part of Peniche, that you can access if you take the N114 around the cape.

One warning, though, don’t try to drive off the road, onto the rocky shore, unless you have a true all terrain vehicle, or you’re risking ruining the underside of your car. We came pretty close.

rocky roadside along the most westernmost part of N114 in Peniche, Portugal
rocky roadside along the most westernmost part of N114 in Peniche, Portugal
rocky roadside along the most westernmost part of N114 in Peniche, Portugal
rocky roadside along the most westernmost part of N114 in Peniche, Portugal

Also, be aware that if the waves are strong, and you’re standing too close to the cliff edge, you might get sprayed as well.

Here are few more photos.

rocky shore along the most westernmost part of N114 in Peniche, Portugal

rocky shore along the most westernmost part of N114 in Peniche, Portugal

rocky shore along the most westernmost part of N114 in Peniche, Portugal

Where to Stay in Peniche?

We stayed at Praia D’el Rey Golf & Beach Resort, which is an about half an hour drive, when we vacationed in the area, but you can stay in Peniche itself. There are quite a few  hotels and apartments to choose from in Peniche you can book. Take your pick!

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11 thoughts on “The Rocky Coast of Peniche, Portugal”

    1. Thank you for reading, Anda! I’m glad you liked the photos. I’ve never been to California, so I don’t know how similar the coast is. There are nice beaches nearby, so it’s not just rocky coast, but I liked these rocks. I’ll try to whip up some more posts about Portugal, soon, so that you can read about what we saw and decide whether to go there as well or not.

    1. Thank you for reading, Lyn! Yes, Portugal seems to be somewhat overlooked by international tourists, which I don’t understand at all. It’s a beautiful country, even though the highways are expensive. Definitely worth visiting.

    1. Thank you for reading, Mary! I actually didn’t care too much for Lisbon, but saw plenty of other beautiful places in Portugal that are definitely worth visiting. I still need to write about our daytrip to three monasteries north of Lisbon!

    1. Thank you for reading, Constance! I wonder what the coastlines look like where you are. :) I hope I’ll get to see it some day.

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