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Discover gorgeous Berlenga Grande Island during a private day trip from Lisbon. On this tour, journey by boat to the Berlengas Nature Reserve (Reserva Natural das Berlengas), a granite island off the coast of the village of Peniche. With your own expert guide, explore the UNESCO-listed scenery and see the 17th-century fort that defended coastal settlements. Savor plenty of free time to snorkel, swim, or lounge on the shores. You will also select from a glass bottom boat adventure or spend time cruising on a sea kayak. With a private guide enjoy personalized commentary to fit your style.

Highlights

  • Private Berlenga Grande island day trip from Lisbon
  • Unwind during a scenic boat ride from Peniche to Berlenga Grande
  • Visit St John the Baptist Fort (Forte de São João Baptista) and learn about pirate sieges
  • Wander the Berlengas Nature Reserve’s pretty pathways and marvel at the UNESCO-listed scenery
  • Enjoy free time to swim, snorkel or laze on the pristine beach
  • Explore the island’s caves and cliff faces on an included kayak or glass-bottom boat excursion
  • Receive personalized attention from a professional guide on this private day trip

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What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Berlenga Grande Island Day Trip from Lisbon

Explore the beautiful Berlenga Grande island on this private day trip

Start your day trip to Berlenga Grande Island by meeting your guide at your Lisbon hotel. Then, climb aboard your air-conditioned minivan and head to the seaside fishing town of Peniche where a boat will be waiting for you. Once aboard, cruise to Berlenga Grande and admire the rocky arcs and bends of this petite yet striking island. As you lounge on the sunny deck, listen to commentary about the hidden caves and other factoids about the Berlenga Archipelago. Don’t hesitate to ask questions, your guide is happy to accommodate your interests.

Arrive at Berlenga Grande after a 40-minute cruise and stop for some food and drinks at a beachside joint (own expense). Next, lap up more island views and coastal charm as you motor to  St John the Baptist Fort (Forte de São João Baptista).

A true spectacle of the Berlenga Grande Island, visit this 17th-century fortification and learn how it was erected using the bones of the island’s old monastery. Listen as your guide tells tales of pirates and invaders sieging the fort and vanquishing the monks out. Then, observe seabirds in the Berlengas Nature Reserve (Reserva Natural das Berlengas) and appreciate the thousands that use this tiny island as a nesting ground.

Hop off the boat and explore the pristine walkways enjoying the reserve’s UNESCO Biosphere Heritage–listed scenery. Watch the skies as your guide helps you discover guillemots and other birds types. Head back to the island port for lunch (own expense) and free time. Eat local fare at a seafood restaurant or if you brought picnic eats head the sandy beach to enjoy.

Next, swoop some snorkel gear from your guide (provided) and swim through the calm waters capturing scenic sea life. Afterward, hop into a kayak to journey through the island’s caves or perhaps see the cave and life below on a sleek glass-bottom boat.

After a fun day at Berlenga Island, voyage back to your hotel in Lisbon where your private day trip ends.

Customer Reviews

Natasha R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was amazing! We drove up to Peniche from Lisbon (1hr 15 min drive) and were welcomed by the friendliest if boat crews. The best part was the people, but the island and fort were stunning backdrops. Would highly recommend this tour with Around Lisbon!

James R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I'm not normally one for reviews, but i just had to after this experience. My girlfriend and I were picked up at our hotel at 8am by our amazingly energetic and friendly tour guide Nuno. Nobody else had signed up for the tour that day so it was just us and him. The drive to the adorable sea side town of Piniche, Portugal was filled with a lesson in Portuguese culture as well as history in a comfortable van. Nuno is a polite and well educated tour guide who can pretty much answer anything you throw at him. We took a pleasant boat ride that was about 50 minutes long to the beautiful Berlenga Grande Island the sea can be rough for those who get sea sick, but its not bad. We explored the Island and the old Fort which is absolutely amazing. Nuno gave us a histroy lesson about that battle that took place there. From there we took a boat ride around the island and were given time to eat lunch at the local restaurant. We ordered this massive fish stew which was very good. we could not finish it between the 2 of us. There is time to swim or snorkel if you like. The water was too cold for us to go swimming so we explored the light house and the walking trails. The island itself isnt too big, but it makes for the perfect day trip and has beautiful views that photos cant do justice to. Between our great tour guide Nuno and the scenic island it made our trip that much more special. I highly recommend taking a day to see this gorgeous island. Oh and the boat ride back is much smoother than going there which is a nice ending as well.

yasmina h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The best experience ever with a great company !! Our guides were awesome and very friendly! Plus Nuno A. is wonderful story teller and Fatima a talented photographer, our day trip to this beautiful island couldn't get any better. Thanks a lot to both of you !!!

Harry J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Unbelievable tour! Our tour guide, Nuno A., was very friendly and knowledgable about the area. Berlenga is such a beautiful island, and this tour was a perfect way to discover and learn more about it! This tour was definitely the highlight of our experience in Portugal!!!!

Steven N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

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Prashna B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was a definite must do tour. We were picked up by our tour guide Diogo from our hotel and were driven to the town of Peniche. From there, we took a boat to Berlenga. The boat ride was apparently the calmest it had been in days and we were one of the lucky few who had the dolphins join us for part of our journey. It was an amazing sight to see.
Our tour took us to the island at which point Diogo encouraged us to explore the island - there are many small paths all over that one can take and get different vantage points. After a quick lunch at the island's only restaurant cash only! of fresh fish, Diogo then took us on a trek towards the fortress and from there, we had the choice of the glass bottom boat or kayak to get back to the main area of the island.
Diogo, our guide, was friendly and informative - he had a lot of knowledge about Lisbon and the surrounding areas and as well, a lot of information about the island. I would definitely recommend him as a guide.
The tour itself was excellent - ensure to pack a bathing suit and some cash for the restaurant. I regret not doing the kayak experience so if you do have the chance, kayak!

Lisa L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I would recommend getting away from the city for a day to take this tour. The water there is freezing though! So don and #39;t be fooled by the description saying that you can snorkel. I wouldn and #39;t snorkel there unless I had a wetsuit! They do take you on a nice boat ride around the island to see the caves.

Megan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was extreamly amazing. Our tour guide was fantastic and wonderful. He was full of knowledgeable information. He was so much fun and enjoyable. The tour was amazing, the views were incredible. Kayaking was fun! Nuno was so nice, he made our tour so enjoyable. We loved him!

Kari O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

I cannot recommend this tour enough! David was great!!!! He picked us up and dropped us off at our door and catered to our every need in between. We were even offered lunch with the local fisherman, and it was one of the best meals of our entire trip. The Captain of the boat and the local fisherman his friends and family treated us like we were family and they sent us home with leftovers. :
Thank you David for a most wonderful day. We will recommend this tour to everyone we know.

Fiona B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This tour was excellent, would highly recommend that anyone take this tour if they are in the Lisbon area.
Berlengas grande is a beautiful little island, the organisation of the tour was very good with Nuno being unobtrusively helpful through the day. We had booked the tour on line before setting out for Lisbon, but everything went as planned we were picked up from our hotel, driven an hour to Peniche then sailed to Berlinga. The walk , the fort , the food, the kayaking, the beach and the guide all couldn't have been bettered, the description on the site do not do justice to the island and the experience. The only thing I would add is that you need decent shoes as the climb is steep and gravelly in parts, and the stairs down the cliff uneven.

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