Peniche is a seaside township in Portugal. It has a large harbor and it is well known as a fishing town. One of the diamonds of Peniche is the baroque Misericordia Church in the main square, where you can admire the fantastic painted ceiling with scenes from the new testament. If you want to see an old prison, then you should visit the impressive 16th century fortress. It had been used as a prison by the secret police of dictator Salazar, where political opponents were jailed.
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Kiteboarding / Kitesurfing in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro State Brazil
Among other numerous, luxurious and imposing buildings, towers, malls and fields, it is in Barra that the biggest shopping center in South America (Barrashopping) and the biggest convention center (Riocentro) are located! As far as its beach is concerned, it is the longest beach in Rio de Janeiro, starting at Morro da Joa and ending at the Recreio dos Bandeirantes neighborhood, covering a distance of 18 km/11 mi.
It is a beach with clean, green, tropical waters, gold sand, a number of kiosks, seafood restaurants and bars as well as a cycling lane. A particular part of the beach, called Praia de Pepe, is the spot you ‘re looking for to practice your favorite extreme sport, kitesurfing.
The water quality is excellent, the sea bottom is sandy and the current is medium (1-2 knots). There is no tide dependency and the direction of local winds is mainly east. You can kitesurf any time of the year, on condition that you first check out the weather forecast, having in mind that the windy season starts in August and ends in March.
The beach attends to the needs of any kind of kitesurfer, since it offers waves of low, intermediate and high difficulty, due to the variation of conditions. As for the water and air temperature, it is usually so warm, that wet suits are not necessary.
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