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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

  • 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
  • One click and you’ve booked everything. No searching around for lessons, ski-hire etc. And the best thing is you can keep adding people to your group.
    Anna R
  • I wish I had discovered UCPA earlier. 
    Oliver P
  • The kit is top quality and new and there is a workshop for any adjustments or changes you may require during your week.
    Elliot B
  • The lessons are brilliant with fun instructors who know how to give everyone individual instruction and to party when its time to party.
    Asim A
  • The quality of the equipment is second to none and the ability to easily swap things over if they’re not quite right is so useful. 
    Amelia S
  • Having never used UCPA before I was not sure what to expect but the week I spent there was absolutely fantastic and I genuinely can’t wait to go back.
    Richard J
  • Describing the UCPA is difficult. Not because there is a lack of adjectives to adequately convey the amount of fun you’ll have while you are there, the friendliness of the instructors, the quality of the food...
    Mark D