Our media-heavy habits keep changing the way we communicate as we rely less and less on verbal communication to interact with our social circles. If you’re seeking an off-the-grid destination to unplug from your digital daily life by engaging with plain nature, the Berlengas Islands might well fit the bill.
Berlengas Islands is a nature reserve with limited access from the main land. It is under the spotlight during Summer months due to the tourism’s growth in the coastal area.
To reach this tiny piece of paradise it really depends on favourable ocean conditions to allow a smooth crossings between Peniche and the Berlengas archipelago.
Because it’s a nature reserve protected by UNESCO, Berlengas have never suffered developments nor huge transformations. It still keeps its own natural vibe, being only inhabited by the lighthouse man and his wife during the entire year.
The local wildlife is vast, mainly constituted by migratory bird species. The ocean water is clear and presents turquoise tones almost like in paradise. Berlengas is perfect for diving or snorkelling around the island. The underwater world is diverse with uncommon species.
The peaceful sounds and the laid back atmosphere creates the perfect plot to spend time reacessing in the company of friends, family or just by yourself.
When To Go There?
During the Summer season there are many local operators providing boat connections from Peniche to the Berlengas Islands, meaning that it gets busy with tourists pointing cameras at everything that moves.
We recommend to spend 3 to 4 days at the island in Spring – April or May – when the island is flowering and the daily visitor crowds are still away from Peniche.
Where To Sleep?
There are 3 options to sleep on the island, and none of them is to be found at the mainstream online booking platforms due to the lack of internet access on the island. That’s true, No Internet available on the island.
Offers private rooms with traditional portuguese breakfast included. They own the only restaurant available on the island that makes a delicious grilled fish, highly recommended by us!
The rooms have a little patio in the front and are not of the highest standards of comfort. Still, the views are amazing and the hosts are kind.
Mr. Arnaldo: +351 919 543 105
Is the most popular way to sleep on the Berlengas Islands. The park is administered by Peniche’s mayor house that also takes care of the reservations that are usually done upfront.
The earlier you reserve a space the better your chances are in getting a place to camp.
Peniche Tourism Office: +351 262 789 571
S. João Baptista Fortress:
It can host up to 50 persons. Please bear in mind that you must take everything that you will might need, including the bed sheets.
The bathrooms are shared and there are the possibility of having simple meals at their snack-bar. The views are amazing. The place is under renovation for sometime now.
Amigos das Berlengas: +351 262 750 244
Berlengas is definitely an off-the-grid destination, that does not offer all the commodities that one normally seek to spoil and reward himself with, during vacation time.
If you’re seeking to have a break and stay in contact with mother nature, eating the freshest ocean foods without internet access, with very low mobile signal, without the comfort of tourism services, then, Berlengas Islands might be what you are looking for.
For more information to help you organize your trip, contact us.
We will provide you all the intel on the non-busy periods, how to get your daily goods, and even where to get you fresh fish from the daily catch!