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Fortaleza de Peniche was built in 1557 by King John 111. It was one of Portugal major defence forts... read more

Reviewed 28 November 2018
Sydney, Australia
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Talking visitors to see Peniche for the day!

We had a very enjoyable stroll around the Old Fort and found the history interesting. The views... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2018
Somerset, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 February 2019

Interesting fort but closed for repairs / renovation when we were there. We walked around the perimeter since great photo opportunities. Hope you have better luck or call ahead.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 28 November 2018 via mobile

Fortaleza de Peniche was built in 1557 by King John 111. It was one of Portugal major defence forts until the 19th century. The views are outstanding & its a fabulous building to view & excellent for photo's.

Date of experience: November 2018
8  Thank Ellemay
Reviewed 23 October 2018

We were able to walk around the outskirts of the fortress, but didn't go inside as it was closed. I don't know if this is worth it on it's own, but might be good to stop by if you happen to be in the area.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 7 August 2018

We had a very enjoyable stroll around the Old Fort and found the history interesting. The views are beautiful, and it is a fun area to explore if you are nearby. Little town of Peniche is essentially a surfing town with some beautiful beaches and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Whereintheworldru
Reviewed 4 July 2018

It's not open for visiting inside, however, is worthy to see from outside the wall and the little beach by its side.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank janainasmt
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

Absolutely fascinating old fort which was transformed into a prison and held nearly 2000 political prisoners during the dictatorship in Portugal. The fort itself is a stunning piece of defence architecture but the museum housed in the former prison was absolutely fascinating. We spent over...More

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank Fiona A
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Parked close by and had a walk around for an hour as it was closed for lunch. Didnt have to pay to walk around but not much to see unless you speak Portuguese as the museum and all the details of the political upheaval in...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Trebor5417
Reviewed 4 November 2017

Peniche is a small, very old town. Most od the buildings are broken and make a rotten impression. If someone likes this morbide flair you then you may be enthusiastic. There are no interesting shops except surf stores which you find one next to another....More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank kaiserin1501
Reviewed 29 October 2017

A very interesting place to visit , do not miss the museum with the anti fascist display and the former prisoners cells, it is a shame the woman at the museum desk is not nice and shuts the doors before closing time

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank Carine C
Reviewed 27 August 2017

Most of the places you visit in Portugal are related to history that took place hundreds of years ago. The fortress at Peniche deals with more recent - and less pleasant - history. The museum is dedicated to telling the story of the fortress' use...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank BrendanClark82
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