Naturalist - Science & Tourism is a portuguese company formed by biologists and filed researchers working on Land and Marine environments for more than 10 years, We combine nature and cultural tours with research data collection. Naturalist is a start-up from the Universirty of Lisbon.
The Peniche Naturalist team offers services and tours in the Peniche area, particularly birdwatching tours.
Here you can find information about our research programs, nature tours and partner accommodations.
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Peniche is located at 1h30 hours by car from Lisbon, a maritime peninsula with the nearby small peninsula of Baleal, long sandy beaches and a strong fishing culture and world top surf wave. Adorning Peniche is the archipelago of Berlengas (with Berlenga Grande, Estela and Farilhões islands).
How to get to Peniche - and move around
There are many direct flights to Lisbon from major European cities, East Coast of the USA, Asia, South America and Africa. From Lisbon to Peniche it is recommended to rent a car, the trip on the A8 highway takes about 1h30. Taking into account the geography of Peniche, it is recommended to use a versatile car to move between the long sandy beaches, go to restaurants, watch a sunset or enjoy the nightlife in the nearby Bay of Baleal.
The average air temperature ranges between 10°C and 25°C.
The majority of Peniche people now work in tourism or fishing related activities. In general they are accessible with plenty knowledge. English might not be easily spoken by elder people, however it is well spoken along the younger locals.
The capital of fresh fish and north Atlantic seafood. White Wine "Alvarinho".
Where to stay in the Peniche - Find Accommodation
There are three main types of accommodation in Peniche, from Hotels, to Surf Guest Houses and private apartments. Contact us to know more about it.
Best time to visit Peniche
Spring and Summer. However, the milder weather is expected between March and November, with the surf community now operating year round. Northwest wind and some fog are typical of cities blessed by the ocean. Nearby locations of Óbidos and Caldas da Rainha are worth a visit.
Peniche, Óbidos & Foz do Arelho
Join our ornithologist birding through amazing nature spots around the Peniche area. Marine species, fresh water and coastal species, passeriformes, migrating birds and winterers all can be seen in the area. A list of possible species is given below.
Duration: 8 hours
Guide: An experienced ornithologist and english speaking graduated researcher
Period: Daily tours
Transport: Van with air/c
Departure: Peniche, Caldas da Rainha, Óbidos.
Pax Min: 2 person
Peniche/ Cabo Carvoeiro
Gannet (Morus bassanus), Cory´s Shearwater (Calonectris borealis), Balearic Shearwater (Puffinus mauretanicus),Common Scoter (Melanitta nigra), Great Skua (Stercorarius skua), Pomarine Skua (Stercorarius pomarinus), Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocephalus), Sandwich Tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis), Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea), European Storm Petrel (Hydrobates pelagicus), Razorbill (Alca torda)
Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica), Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus), Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia), Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus), Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus), Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), Shoveler (Anas clypeata), Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris), Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis), Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus), Eurasian Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)