Peniche is a seaside township in Portugal. It has a large harbor and it is well known as a fishing town. It's worth to visit the famous impressive 16th century fortress. It was used as a prison by the secret police of dictator Salazar, where political opponents were jailed. You should also visit the baroque Misericordia Church in the main square, where you can admire the fantastic painted ceiling with scenes from the new testament.
However, if you feel more like painting the waves with your surfing moves, then you should visit Baleal beach in Peniche. It is a really clean and sandy beach with the right conditions for surfing. The breaks are staring in 3 distinctly different directions making it the best destination for any surfer who wants to feel the power of adrenaline.
In summer the waves are with swell size 4-6.5 ft/1.3-2 m most of the time and the wind blows onshore 85%. In autumn, winter and spring the waves are with swell size 6.5-10 ft/2-3 m and the wind blows onshore 63%, 58% and 73% respectively. In autumn, the World Championship Tour (WCT ) of the ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) takes place where the best surfers compete each other in an exciting race.
In Peniche, there are lots of surf school and camp, where you can brush up your surfing skills. You can also find excellent restaurants with fresh fish and other tastes. Last but not least, a variety of accommodation is available for you to pick up the best bargain option.