The Surfcastle is right at the edge of this peculiar beach. Baleal is a unique place because it has surf spots facing north and also facing south. This special geographical situation makes it excelent for surfing , with any wind direction you will allways have a surfable spot.
The village of Baleal is very picturesque with its small cafés, narrow streets and beautiful houses. There is an old fortress in ruins which is pretty cool to visit during a sunny day.
The city of Peniche is just 3 Km away from the Surfcastle. It’s still one of the major harbours in Portugal and the main industry is fishing. Most of the nice restaurants in the area are located in Peniche. The most famous attractions are the old fortress, the city center and the scenic road that goes around the town called marginal norte.
The medieval village of Obidos is very rich in history and is 25 Km away from the Surfcastle… this very old town is surrounded by huge stone walls that were used to protect the citizens from fierce invaders during the medieval age. Nowadays Obidos is a major tourist attraction in Portugal.
This place is considered world heritage by Unesco and is one or the best preserved medieval villages in the world.
The capital of Portugal is 90 Km away from the Surfcastle. Its worthwhile visit Lisbon in the begining or in the end of your trip because the closest international airport is actually in Lisbon. There are fantastic hotels in Lisbon that we can reccomend to you to make your stay very pleasant. Explore the old neighbourhoods of Alfama; Graça; Baixa, Bairro Alto and Belem.
Sintra & Cascais
We recommend a day trip to this area starting from Cascais. Explore the nice beaches that surround this magnificient town and then take the road scenic road that goes from Cascais to Sintra. In Sintra you will find a fairytale town (world heritage). Palácio da Pena and the muslim castle are both must sees in Sintra.
Caldas da Rainha
This city is just 30 Km away from the Surfcastle and is known for is thermal hospital that used to be frequented by the Queen of Portugal. The therapeutic and medical baths are still very famous in the area.
The city center is very nice with cobbled stone streets and quaint shops. There is also a street market in the main square that is well worth visiting, with vivid produce including flowers and farm produce from the surrounding areas.