Fortaleza de Peniche, Portugal

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Fortaleza de Peniche, Portugal

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Ellemay 🍹🐠🐳
Sydney, Australia47,228 contributions
Nov 2018
Fortaleza de Peniche was built in 1557 by King John 111. It was one of Portugal major defence forts until the 19th century. The views are outstanding & its a fabulous building to view & excellent for photo's.
Written November 27, 2018
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Leslie E
Kettering, UK576 contributions
Jun 2013 • Couples
Peniche is a sprawling town with a very workaday feel about it, but it has three things to commend it to the discerning traveller.
One is the massive fortification at the end of the south pier. It is well worth exploring and the views from the battlements are amazing. The only way in is over a narrow stone bridge which has a lovely little cove below that gets washed by crashing waves at high tide and a nice sandy beach that will delight a small child whereas the historical pile above might be daunting.
second is the pier itself and it is quite an adventure to go to the very end and to watch the fishing boats enter the harbour between the two lighthouses - painted red and green to remind mariners which way they are going (red for port and green for Starboard)
and finally BUT BY NO MEANS not LEAST
The array of seafood restaurants that line the roadside along the seafront It is the freshness of the fish and the fantastic value of the meals - so many are the restaurants, that competition for custom is a great leveller. In fact it was our Portuguese dentist back home who told us to visit Peniche for a memorable fish meal. We went for the food and we were delighted to find the interesting fortress and the attractive walk along the pier below its ramparts as well. .
Written November 26, 2013
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AgedMan
United Kingdom498 contributions
Feb 2020
Not a lot to physically see here but you can read about the Forte and it's history the most recent being when it was a prison holding political prisoners during the Fascist rule of Portugal. Some heart rendering stories to watch, listen and read. Difficult to appreciate that this all happened less than 50 yrs ago. It's a free entry and self-guided tour but you can buy a map for a small amount which assists you.
Written March 6, 2020
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Dave C
Intervale, NH1,233 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
They actually a great restoration job, which is to their credit. It celebrates their evolution from a tyrannical dictatorship to a tolerant government. It further shows a National pride that they hold dear. I have also a picture of the hours the fort is open.
Written May 20, 2019
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Whereintheworldru
Somerset, UK189 contributions
Jun 2018
We had a very enjoyable stroll around the Old Fort and found the history interesting. The views are beautiful, and it is a fun area to explore if you are nearby. Little town of Peniche is essentially a surfing town with some beautiful beaches and lovely old cottages. We were not able to enter the fort unfortunately and would have loved to have learnt abit more about the history, but a quick google search informed us. We then took a stroll around the Marina and headed to Peniche Point lookout to take in the amazing sea views and rock formations.
Written August 7, 2018
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BrendanClark82
Lisbon, Portugal19 contributions
Jul 2017
Most of the places you visit in Portugal are related to history that took place hundreds of years ago. The fortress at Peniche deals with more recent - and less pleasant - history. The museum is dedicated to telling the story of the fortress' use as a prison for political prisoners during the dictatorship of Salazar. Fascinating for anyone interested in Portugal's recent history.
Written August 27, 2017
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Matthew R
225 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
Read the texts, signs and do your own research to get the best out of this place - a veritable guantanomo of Portugal. The children will love the fact there's a fort, prison and a well curated fishing exhibit - and there's even a gallery , and natural history section. We really appreciated the curation and the fact you can be at liberty to discover this for yourself - no headphones and no guides, just have a good look and enjoy. Plus the views!
Written July 17, 2016
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danaI19
Hamilton, Canada31 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
I found Peniche in general a sketchy place...The Fortaleza is in a poor state ..there is a bad smell everywhere...in town...dirty and shabby...
Written June 21, 2016
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Philippe M
Lisbon, Portugal46 contributions
Jul 2015 • Solo
When in Peniche, before boarding for the Berlenga islands, don't forget to visit the fortress. The entry fee is so cheap (1,60€). Maybe the 2 firt floors are not very interesting (1st floor id about prehistorical times and 2nd about shells and traditional brodery) but the third floor is very interesting if you want to learn more about the dictatorship of Salazar. It used to be a political prison and famous opposants have been jailed here. A few of them succeeded to escape and the whole story is explained. It's very interesting and by seeing the jails, you can easily imagine their life here, spending 20 hours within 12 m².
Unfortunelly some parts of the fortress are still Under restauration are therefore are not open to public.
Written July 12, 2015
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Malgorzata
11,025 contributions
Sep 2019
Peniche Fortress is located in Peniche on the south coast , on the slopes between the fishing port to the east and the Furninha grotto to the west. Currently, Fortaleza houses the Museum of Resistance and Freedom. This is a place with a lot of history and sad memories. The old fortress that also served as a prison for political opponents. The visit is free. There are also parking spaces in the immediate vicinity.
Written August 22, 2020
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