Peniche Fortress

Discover the emblematic Peniche Fortress in Portugal.

Peniche Fortress, Portugal
Peniche Fortress © Vítor Ribeiro

The Peniche Fortress had its origins on the XVI century Village Castle. Throughout the years, the existing fortress had many reconstructions until the end of the XVII when was finally a fortress as we know it nowadays.

This fortress had great importance for the portuguese people as it was from here that the great escape of several inmates during the dictatorial period happened, as the escape of Álvaro Cunhal, an important communist fighter.

On this fortress you might find, nowadays, the Municipal Museum, which hosts several archaeology, history and ethnography exhibitions as the typical embroidery exhibitions, fishing and naval construction exhibitions. There’s also a nuclei of the museum dedicated to the Resistance, where the prisional environment is recreated. Here you might even visit the cell of Álvaro Cunhal, observe his coal drawings on the wall and take a look at his escaping spot.

Since 2005 there’s also a Pousada de Portugal housed on this fort.

Discover this emblematic and important fortress with much history and culture.

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Campo da República, Peniche, Portugal


Museum Schedule:
Tuesday to Friday from 9am to 12.30pm and from 2pm to 5.30pm
Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays from 10am to 12.30pm and from 2pm to 5.30pm


Normal Ticket - 1,60€
Free entrance for children under 16 years old and elderly people.

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