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Peniche

North of Lisbon, located on the Atlantic coast is a small fishing port, nestled in front of an old Portuguese fort: Peniche. Keeping its authentic charm, Peniche today atracts surfers from all round the globe thanks to it's famous waves and surf spots.

Activities

The UCPA centre at Peniche focuses on surfing. With numerous surfing spots close by, the centre is well situated to take advantage of the best weather and waves each day.

Peniche is a year round destination with swell exposure on the north side of the town and shelter on the south. October – March sees the biggest swell, best waves, perfectly suited for intermediates and experts (depending on the spot). April – September: More Inconsistent and smaller waves. Perfect for beginners as well as intermediates.

All participants are split into groups based on ability and all are welcome, from complete beginners to experts looking to ride the world famous 'Supertubos' waves, where the world championships are held. 

Local Town

UCPA Peniche is located in a small seaside resort surrounded by sandy beach 90 km north of Lisbon. 

The peninsula has many orientations, meaning whatever the swell or the wind there is always a wave that works. The ​area has long been known by surfers for the diversity of its spots including the legendary "Supertubos" which hosts each year one of the stages of the world championship. 

It’s only natural that the sea dominates the local cuisine, so you mustn’t leave Peniche without tasting the bouillabaisse, the seafood rice or the charcoal-grilled sardines, always accompanied by a local wine. For dessert, we recommend the almond cakes, whether an “Amigo de Peniche” or the biscuits called “Esses”.

UCPA Centre

Instead of having a purpose built UCPA centre, in Peniche UCPA used the Hotel Atlantis. The hotel is a 15 minute walk away from the beach and bars in the area. It's central location makes it a great starting point for several places of interest, such as the beautiful surrounding beaches, the Berlengas Archipelago, the Medieval Village of Óbidos or the City of Nazaré.

Rooms are 2-4 beds shared between guests (twin rooms are available, enquire directly with the centre.) The hotel is 2* and is a perfect spot to relax after a day of surfing. 

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Testimonials

  • The food provided was up to a very good standard for all meals with a soup starter available every dinner followed by two or three hot meal choices, a salad bar and a variety of tasty deserts and fruit.
    Richard J
  • All UCPAs are very friendly and sociable. The bar and dining areas are open with big tables, encouraging people to sit together and get to know each other. This makes it very easy as a solo traveller.
    Anna R
  • Alongside the excellent equipment, lessons, food and accommodation, the thing that brings me back year on year is the atmosphere, as made by the people who go to UCPA.
    Elliot B
  • I wish I had discovered UCPA earlier. 
    Oliver P
  • There is always a range of ages, nationalities, mixtures of solo travellers, couples, groups etc.  We have booked as a group of 6, a group of 36 (no joke) and even just me and my boyfriend – it works for all.
    Anna R
  • I love the system at UCPA where you can go as a group of friends, but still spend a full day out with other people right at your own level. 
    Amelia S
  • The food offers great variety, choice (several options each night), quantity (as much as you want) and quality is decent.  Cheese and yoghurts coming out of your ears, packed lunch option, afternoon tea and cake and you can drink your own wine at dinner.
    Anna R
  • Imagine moules mariniereier, steak (cooked how you like it) and paella just to name a few options during our week and you get a picture of how well fed you will be at UCPA.
    Elliot B