Peniche

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Peniche
Port of Entry
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The marina of Peniche from the west

The town and port of Peniche lies on a peninsula about 24 miles south from Nazare and 45 north from Cascais in Portugal. Originally on an island, the town became joined to the mainland in the 16th century when a sand spit formed. Peniche has maintained its long-standing status as one of Portugal's largest fishing ports, accounting for a sizeable share of the sardines, Atlantic chub mackerel, hake, mackerel, octopus and a number of other species such as sea bream, sea bass and squid landed on the Portuguese coast and which can be savoured at the many fish restaurants near the marina. It has also become a hugely popular surfing centre. The Atlantic swell tumbling onto the coast here creates waves known as Supertubos which are much sought after by aficionados of the sport. There is a small marina, Marina da Ribeira, on the western side of the harbour which takes yachts up to 15 metres in the inner private area and up to any reasonable length on the guest dock (yachts up to 25 metres have docked to the new robust guest dock).

Charts

British Admiralty
3635
Portuguese
23202
24202
24203
26405

Weather

Peniche has a warm temperate climate. Rainfall is very uncommon from June to September, and summer days are mostly sunny and warm except during occasional mornings of mist and fog. Summer evenings can also be cool enough to justify wearing a light jacket and long pants when the northerly trade winds called Nortada blow during the night. The weather in winter varies greatly from gales, rough seas and heavy rain to periods of sunny skies and calm seas. The temperature always remains above freezing near the port even in the coldest winter nights.

Sources for Weather forecasts: If you don't have internet access from your boat, you can get the latest weather forecast from the harbour master or take your laptop/tablet to one of the cafés offering free WiFi.

See also Portugal.

Passages

  • South to Cascais – 45 miles

During the first 10 miles or so, pay attention to the many fishing buoys within 3 to 4 miles offshore. VERY IMPORTANT: on warm summer afternoons, upon reaching Cabo da Roca - at the foot of Sintra Mountain with a lighthouse on a high cliff – it is strongly advisable to reef the mainsail deeply and to prepare for extremely strong wind (the later in the afternoon the worse it gets). Although there may be hardly a breeze at Cabo da Roca, with little warning you may be surprised by a sudden blast of wind that may quickly strengthen to over 40 knots. It is not surprising that the beach about 3 miles south of Cabo Raso is called “Guincho”, which literally means “Scream”. If you do not encounter these conditions on a warm summer afternoon, consider yourself lucky.

  • North to Nazaré – 24 miles

Sailing to Nazaré is a straightforward affair. As the wind is predominantly from a northerly direction, except in winter, and since it is a short trip, under the right conditions some cruisers like to sail to the Berlenga Island, which is worth seeing up close, and then change tack toward Nazaré.

See also Portugal.

Islands

  • The Berlengas islands five miles NW of Peniche are a nature reserve. There are several coves on the SE side of the large island of Berlenga, overlooked by the lighthouse and a 17th century fort, Forte de Sao Joao Baptista, which is built on a rocky promontory joined to the island by a causeway. There is good diving and snorkeling around the island. (Anchoring details are provided in the "Anchorage" section).
  • The Farilhoes-Forcadas Islands are a group of rocky islets a further four miles NNW of the Berlengas Islands. There are no suitable anchorages for yachts.
  • Avoid sailing close to the other islands, as not all shoals are properly charted.

Communication

Add here VHF channel for coastguard, harbor masters. etc.

Also see World Cruiser's Nets

Navigation

From either direction, the rugged cape of Cabo Carvoeiro, capped with a prominent lighthouse, is a good landmark about 1.5 miles west of the harbour. The harbour is on the southern side of the peninsula and entry is from the east. The marina is to port on entry just beyond the short quay projecting from the western breakwater. When approaching or leaving at night under power be attentive to fishing buoys, similar to most ports in Portugal. The cape jutting west, where the lighthouse is located, provides excellent shelter when entering or leaving the port during periods of strong north wind and large swell from a NW to N direction.

Entrance

Peniche is a port of entry/exit to Portugal.

The GNR police, who are very friendly, maintain a boat on the northern inner side of the guest pontoon, and officers are always aboard. Usually they come to you immediately or soon afterwards. They will handle all formalities, after which you need only check in with the harbour master who may or may not be on duty, depending on your arrival time and day. The office is the first booth on a raised deck about 150 m from the marina gate. The bathrooms and showers are located behind the office. You can get a key at check-in and a marina gate card by paying a refundable deposit.

Berthing

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

  • Marina da Ribeira, commonly known as Marina de Peniche, has a total of 140 berths on floating pontoons, plus a guest pontoon on the outer side. The guest pontoon, which was replaced in 2012, is managed by the harbour master and can handle just about any size of boat within reason. Vessels of about 25 m have tied up to the pontoon. Both sides of the guest pontoon may be used. Do not berth in the marina itself. The marina is run by the Clube Naval de Peniche and all berths are rented on a yearly basis. An empty berth will most likely mean the owner went fishing or for a sail and will be furious when he returns to find his berth occupied. Some berths in the marina may be temporarily rented to transients. Ask at the Clube Naval de Peniche about this possibility.
  • The Clube Naval de Peniche inaugurated its new facilities in 2013, a modern white building that can be seen by looking due north from the marina. The only reason to visit the club is to ask about any available slips in the marina itself. Telephone: +351 262 782568.

Anchorages

  • A mooring field was created a few years ago along the south sea wall. All moorings have owners and many are designed for small motor boats. By picking up a mooring ball you risk dragging into the sea wall if the wind pipes up. Accounts differ on whether anchoring is permitted in the harbour. Occasionally vessels anchor on the outer fringe of the mooring field, which is marked by two large buoys in an east-west alignment. Expect a visit from the GNR police, although no accounts of fines have been reported.
  • The best anchoring is found outside the south sea wall (to starboard, before entering the port). The bottom is sand and provides good holding. This anchorage is well protected from NNW wind and waves, which prevail most of the time from May to October. The fuel dock is a good place to leave the dinghy while ashore, but tie off at the very end near the ramp so as not to hamper boats taking on fuel.
  • At Berlenga Island, the best place to anchor is on the SE coast between the fort and the ferry dock (only when wind and waves are from a northerly direction). It is advisable to anchor outsider the 20-m depth line to avoid the rocky bottom closer to shore. The island has a restaurant, public bathrooms and a magnificent walking path from the ferry dock to the fort. The grottos are also well worth visiting by dinghy. Do not pick up any of the mooring balls as they belong to tourist boats and the ferry.

Amenities

Facilities
Water On the pontoon
Electricity On the pontoon
Toilets ?
Showers ?
Laundry
  • Iris - Lavandaria, Unip., Lda (nearby, 3rd street running parallel to the “river”)
    Rua José Estêvão 42, Peniche. Telefone: +351 262 787 727
  • Montlav - Soc. de Lavandarias, Lda
    Avenida 25 Abril 88, Peniche. Telefone: +351 262 783 277
Garbage
  • A large garbage bin is usually placed near the marina entrance
  • An engine oil recycling tank is also located next to the marina gate
Supplies
Fuel The fuel station in the harbour is near the lifeboat ramp. Clube Naval de Peniche runs the fuel station. If a marina employee is not at the fuel station, call on VHF channel 09 or telephone to +351 262 782 568
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers
  • Luís Chagas Sociedade Unipessoal Lda, Travessa Doutor Joao B Frazao Lt 93 (near the bus terminal) (+351 262 783 397 / mob. +351 964 076 990), run by Luis Chagas, who also owns a Beneteau 31 berthed at the marina. Chagas sells and repairs outboards and dinghies and has a selection of general chandlery. He's highly skilled in fibreglass and gelcoat work and is a master at repairing a variety of mechanical failures.
  • Navaltrónica-Electrónica Marítima Lda, Rua Traineiras 1, Peniche (+351 262 782 241 / mob. +351 962 907 690). Experts in all types of marine electronics and electricity (sales, repairs and installation) who have serviced the local fishing fleet for many years. Highly recommended.
Services
Repairs
  • Boat yards and engineers in the town. Electric and electronic repairs possible.
  • Estaleiros Navais de Peniche SA, a large shipyard which is easily seen from the marina. The shipyard builds and repairs both small craft and small ships. More information can be obtained at their website in English
  • Penimar, Rua Da Ponte Velha, +351 262 780 260. A very competent repair service specialised in diesel engines, hydraulics, fabrication in stainless steel, MIG-MAG and TIG welding, etc.
Internet A number of nearby cafés/restaurants offer free WiFi.
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals
  • AUTO-JÚLIO, Av. Porto de Pesca Zona Industrial, Apartado 148 2524-909 Peniche, Tel: +351 262 780 300. E-mail: peniche@autojulio.pt. Cars and small cargo vehicles.
  • ALUVIA, RENT-A-CAR Av. Paulo VI, 13 Edifício Cinemar, Loja 4, 2520-400 Peniche. Tel: +351 262 787 183, E-mail: peniche@aluvia-lda.pt. Cars, light cargo and all-terrain vehicles.

Provisioning

  • A large Pingo Doçe supermarket is located on the NE side of harbour, just past the Fire Brigade, on the left behind a row of new condominiums.
  • The town also has small provisions shops.

Eating out

On leaving the port's parking lot you'll come to the main street lined with many affordable restaurants.

Transportation

Peniche has a bus terminal offering trips to most nearby towns and fast buses to Lisbon and other cities.

Tourism

History

Give a short history of the port.

Places to Visit

The town of Peniche must have represented a formidable challenge to hostile armies, with its fortified walls and moat enclosing the peninsula (much of which remains today). The impressive 16th century castle guarding the narrow entrance to the peninsula is worth a visit. It was used as a prison for soldiers of Napoleon during the Peninsular Wars, for German soldiers during World War I and later for political prisoners during the infamous Salazar regime. It contains a small museum with examples of the lacemaking for which Peniche is celebrated. The baroque Misericordia Church in the main square has a notable painted ceiling which depicts scenes from the New Testament. Peniche is also a good base for visiting by bus the mediaeval town of Obidos 18 miles inland. Obidos is a stunning, virtually intact hilltop town, with impressive battlements and an original cobbled street plan. Most of the houses here are untouched since restoration following the devastating 1755 Lisbon earthquake. The town’s romantically sited castle is now converted into picturesque pousada. Also worth a visit is Obidos’ church of Santa Maria, covered with azulejo tiles framing 16th century paintings of biblical scenes and displaying a remarkable pieta thought to have been carved in the studio of Nicholas Chanterene. You could even try the town’s renowned local cherry liquor known as ginjinha (an acquired taste).

Friends

Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.

Forums

List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)

Links

References

See Portugal.

Comments

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  • Since crossing the Atlantic from Canada in 2002, I've kept Jakatar (Corbin 39 cutter) at the Peniche Marina. During that time I've sailed Jakatar to the Algarve 10 times - either solo or with crew - in addition to crewing on various other boats on the same route. --Jakatar

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