• Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
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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

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

Cynthia N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Best trip ever!

Margie G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Not just another cathedral, castle kind of day. A peaceful boat ride, an informative walk to the Fortress, a great fish and kayaking. Our tour guide did everything to ensure we had a great, safe day.

Rita L USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This was definitely one of the highlights of our vacation. Our guide, David, was extremely attentive and made every effort to make sure we had a good time. The boat ride out to the island was enjoyable on a private boat and his local knowledge was informative. We would highly recommend this private tour to maximize your experience.

elnikol500

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Joana was amazing. Knowledgeable, patient and extremely accommodating. Would definitely recommend!

Nicole M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Excellent communication/service with viator and local guide. Recommend Nuno! He is the most knowledgeable, attentive and helpful guide you could imagine.
Notes: Boat ride not private. Public ferry – don't be late and sit outside / Choose Kayaking over glass bottom boat / Bring Cash for island Restaurant

Victoria E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Once in a lifetime experience. The gorgeous pictures do not do it justice. We had a lovely guide named Rita- she was warm, friendly and professional. There were 5 of us, including two teens and a six year old and it was perfect. Some adventure, some history, some nature and even a little beach time. We took a boat over the the island, ate lunch, hiked around and learned about the flora and fauna, also the history- Berlengas was once a pirate haven. Then we toured the old fort, jumped off the docks into ocean, took a glass bottom boat into caves of the island. There was a small beach where we swam and relaxed and then headed back. Our seventeen year old son said it was the best part of his trip. A few suggestions- if you get motion sickness, beware of the boat ride over and take something ahead of time- the Atlantic Ocean is rough here. BUT- we saw dolphins, which completely made up for it. It is also windy on parts of the island an can feel cold even on a sunny day- listen to them when they email you ahead of time and wear a jacket! But still absolutely perfect excursion!!!!

LiviniaP Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Sensational tour! The area is stunning and it would have been difficult to manage the transport and transfers in one day without a guide. The history, the physical landscape and flora and fauna, swimming in the clear waters, the fresh fish for lunch at the restaurant plus our guide, Miguel was incredibly knowledgeable, accommodating and a great story teller. An amazing day- incredible experience...

Alia L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

such a great tour!!! highly recommend

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.

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