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!
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.
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 !!!
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!!!!
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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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
The Berlengas Island were amazing. My husband and I had a great time. We had the pleasure of meeting Racquel our tour guide and she was very informative and amazing. We were picked up directly from our hotel which was really convenient. The trip to the Island took around an hour and half but it didn't even fell that long. Once arriving at the island, we were so amazed at its beauty and pristine waters! The food was amazing and fresh! Pricing wasn't too bad for us. We hiked to the Fort as Racquel was giving us the history of it. The only con I will say was the inability to kayak since the waves were very rough. We did the glass bottom boat tour instead and it was choppy. The beach was nice but small as it was a bit crowded, but all and all we enjoyed the scenery! I hope to visit again in the upcoming years. Thank you again!
If you are headed to Lisbon, I highly recommend that you do this trip! It was the highlight of our trip. You are able to go to the most beautiful place on earth and explore the entire island. We had the most amazing guide and you won't regret it!!!! DO IT!
Definitely the highlight of my time in Lisbon. Nuno was an excellent guide. The island is beautiful. We didn't get to kayak or go in the glass-bottom boat because the water was too rough, but the lunch cooked by the captain/local fisherman and their unforgettable hospitality more than made up for it.
This spectacular site is an hour drive outside of Lisbon and a 45 minute boat ride from Peniche, Portugal to the island but it is well worth the trip. The waters are clear blue and the island is pristine. The fort is well preserved and fun to walk through. There is a restaurant on the island with fresh fish. Note, there are stairs and a beautiful hike across the island. It was cold during our visit but swimming and kayaking are available and would be recommended. The water was a little choppy on the boat ride over so if you are prone to seasickness, be prepared. If you catch the right boat, you might even get to share some delicious Port wine on the trip back. Due to our schedule we did a private tour. If you can't make the group tour, a private tour is well worth the extra cost. Our guides were native to the area, knew the locals and provided a more personal, in depth experience that we may not have got in a larger group tour. Their love of the island was obvious in their presentation. Highly recommended!!!!
Without a doubt the highlight of my Lisbon trip. A one hour shuttle ride from the hotel to the destination. Our amazing guide Ruy was friendly, approachable and well spoken. The boat trip is quite chilly, the mornings are normally overcast but clears in the afternoon but this makes the trip to the island icy so dress warm. Ruy is a well stocked prepared man who supplied my brother and I with motion sickness bracelets. I didn't get sick so I guess it worked. The island is breathtaking. Truly a wonder. The simple and sturdy fort is filled with history and the fact that you can book a cheap room to stay there is mind blowing and truly an experience I would like to try. Resources like water and electricity are limited so don't expect a five star stay just ten star views. From the fort there is a steep hike up the mountain with the most insane panoramic views of the fort, crystal clear waters and dramatic rocky landscapes. The island is home to thousands of seagulls so expect poo to drop on you suddenly. The Berlenga Baptism. Also the birds are quite protective of their young during the baby making season. So tread carefully. Wear comfortable walking shoes. After the hike you have some time to cool off at the cutest cosiest little beach which is shielded on all sides by rocks which reduces wind. Thereafter there is either a glass bottomed boat tour of the islands many caves or a kayak tour paddling up close to the caves and rocks. My brother and I chose the kayak even though we couldn't swim or kayak. It was the most daunting and hair raising experience of my life. With the guidance of Ruy we ended up kayaking home like pros... If you only do one thing in Portugal... Do this... To rate this experience I need more than five stars. I need a sky full :-
This trip was amazing.
Raquel was an excellent and skilled guide!
This trip was not something that my wife and I could have done by ourselves. The island is the hidden treasure of portugal and by far and aways the best experience and highlight of our trip. We recommend kayaking once at the island.
Fantastic day at the island with Raquel our guide. it was only the 3 of us so very personalised and relaxing. Such a beautiful place - its a must visit if you have time!
great trip for sight seeing, some amazing views of the fort and island. It is a long day with between 1.5 and 2 hours travel betwen the car and boat journey but is a good day out. I did feel it was over priced although the guide was very knowledgeable and friendly.
We spent a fortune on this trip being a family of 5 and we were so disappointed. We left this trip till the last day of our Lisbon trip hoping that it will be a great end to the holiday, but it ruined the whole holiday.
First off, we wasn't informed that we had to take a ferry to the island, which then battled huge waves for 45 minutes rendering the whole family to be sea sick, it was ridiculous. Then we got to the island and tried to hit the beach, which was a tiny patch of sand full of tourists and sea gulls pooing everywhere, the water was freezing cold, because it was overcast the whole day, which is normal apparently, as the island generally doesn't get much sun according to the guide which meant that we couldn't swim. So we went with the glass boat tour, where we viewed the odd tiny fish, nothing fascinating and to top that off the glass was covered in a couple of inches of water which made it even harder to look at anything.
The only highlight to this trip was the tour guide, who was very nice and polite and informative, however I really do not recommend this trip, I really regret booking this, I would've saved the hundreds.
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