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A very interesting place to visit , do not miss the museum with the anti fascist display and the... read more

Reviewed 29 October 2017
Carine C
Sable-sur-Sarthe, France
An insight in Portugal's less-told history

Most of the places you visit in Portugal are related to history that took place hundreds of years... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2017
Lisbon, Portugal
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Campo da Republica, Peniche 2520-607, Portugal
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Janaína T
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

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

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

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

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

1  Thank BrendanClark82
Reviewed 7 August 2017

We visited the fort one evening before dinner. We didn't have time for the museum (in fact I am not sure it was even open) but just wandering around the building itself (which it seemed we could do free of charge) was enjoyable and atmospheric....More

Thank TimHJ
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

As Peniche was a little disappointing as a place to visit, the fort was a welcome relief. It was interesting to look round - the museum was worth the small charge to get in. It could do with more English translations, hence the 4 stars,...More

Thank JoshColby
Reviewed 10 November 2016

It was a great historic trip into the Fortaleza, a bit low budget place, but you have to understand the posibilities that they have for this kind of things. Nice stories around it. A shame that is not in English.

Thank ElTataNL
Reviewed 24 August 2016

We didn't do the fort only but made a walk along almost the hole wall that protected Peniche. The fortress is not fully restored and since it was used as a political prison it does not give the "feeling" of an ancient fort. But the...More

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