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Berlenga Grande Island

Berlenga Grande Island: Our most recommended tours and activities

Peniche: Berlengas Island Round-Trip Ferry

1. Peniche: Berlengas Island Round-Trip Ferry

The Berlengas archipelago is situated 16km west of Peniche, a powerful granite block which belongs to the parish of St. Peter, in the Peniche municipality. The archipelago is a protected area that includes various nature reserves and is considered a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 2011. Depart from the harbor of Peniche and enjoy a 30-minute ferry ride along the turquoise sea waters. Arrive at the Berlengas harbor from where you will be able to freely explore the archipelago. Start with a visit to the São João Baptista fort built in the 17th-century. This little fort is one of the most visually striking buildings in Portugal. After this, go for a swim at Praia do Carreiro do Mosteiro, the only beach that is accessible and safe to swim from. Next, find the café and restaurant on the island before taking the ferry back to Peniche

Peniche: Berlenga Island Trip and Cave Tour

2. Peniche: Berlenga Island Trip and Cave Tour

Enjoy a trip to Berlengas Island on a fast boat and visit the caves while looking down through the glass bottom. Admire the outside and inside of different caves, like the Elephant cave, Dream cave, Furado Grande, and more. Afterward, take some time on your own to explore the Island. Walk the beach, gaze up at the lighthouse, discover Forte S. João Batista, and walk the Island's trails. Meet your guide and board a semi-rigid boat or sports yacht. Head toward Berlengas Island, an eco-haven with a visitor limit, so you can experience its true beauty without the crowds. First, take a short tour around the island and learn all about the different caves, while gazing at the underwater marine life through the glass-bottom boat. Spot the Elephant cave and feel amazed at the way the natural rock formations resemble the trunk and face of a great elephant. At the dream cave, take in one of nature's masterpieces and learn of its history. Then, at Furado Grande, learn why it translates to Big Hole and how it stretches across the entire island. Take your time afterward to guide yourself around the Island. Look out over the turquoise waters from the beach. Walk up to the lighthouse and imagine yourself alone. Then understand more of Portugal's history by examining the remains of Forte S. Joao Batista. Feel free to bring your own snacks, or some extra cash with you to buy them on the Island during the months of May through September.

From Peniche: Fast Boat Berlengas Archipelago Round-Trip

3. From Peniche: Fast Boat Berlengas Archipelago Round-Trip

With calm beaches, clear waters, and an unspeakable beauty, the archipelago of Berlengas is the perfect day trip from Peniche.  Located approximately 7 miles away from Cape Carvoeiro, in Peniche, the archipelago consists of 3 island groups: Berlenga Grande, Estelas and Farilhões-Forcadas. The archipelago is also considered part UNESCO's World Network of Biosphere Reserves. The ferry will take you from Peniche to Berlengas, where you will be able to enjoy and explore the island on your own. You will have close to 4 hours to explore the archipelago before boarding the return ferry to the starting point.

From Lisbon: Berlenga Grande Sightseeing Tour

4. From Lisbon: Berlenga Grande Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy the beauty of the natural reserve that includes the island of Berlenga Grande that has been protected by the Portuguese government since 1465 and was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. See the sea caves and fortifications jutting out into the sea at the Fort of S. João Baptista. Start with being picked up by your friendly guide from your hotel in Lisbon. Travel to Berlenga Grande on a comfortable boat to explore some trails with an expert guide before heading to some dramatic sea caves by boat. Next, go to the Fort of S. João Baptista, which defended the seafarers of this archipelago for centuries. Be dazzled by the crystalline and wild waters and by the natural beauty of this remote place on the Portuguese coast before heading back to Lisbon.

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What people are saying about Berlenga Grande Island

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 284 reviews

All tour guides were informative and pleasant. This is definitely an adventure that a tour guide is absolutely necessary to learn of the history. Great value for the money.

Everything thing was as described. The boat was large and comfortable. They were punctual and the island is perfect for hikers and you will leave with amazing photos.

I have loved the experience, it is a must see, the route through the caves does not disappoint. For the trip at 9 o'clock you have to be warm.

Excellent organization and wonderful staff. Peniche, its nature and its caves are wonderful. I recommend it

We really liked the trip through the caves, it is worth it and the island seemed very cool