If Peniche hasn't reached your travel radar to date, you need to get that fixed. Occupying a rocky peninsula to the north of Lisbon, it is almost entirely enveloped by Atlantic waves. This gives visitors plenty of choice when it comes to sunny summer beaches, while the waves that roll in are said to form one of the best surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing spots in Europe.
Exuding a more authentic feel than some of Portugal's other destinations, fishermen continue to moor their vessels in the harbour, while the city's fortress was used to incarcerate political prisons from its conception in the sixteenth-century right up until the 1970s. What's more, Peniche is also the main gateway to the Berlengas Islands 10 kilometres offshore. Its protected waters provide habitats for all manner of sea creatures, from game fish to minke whales and several dolphin species.