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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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