Monday, February 17, 2014

Atlantic cliff, Peniche, Portugal.

Atlantic cliff, Peniche, Portugal.

Peniche is a seaside municipality and a city in Portugal, It is located in Oeste Subregion in formerly Estremadura Province
with approximately 28,164 inhabitants in the municipality and about 15,600 in the city.
The present mayor is António Correia Santos, elected by the Unitarian Democratic Coalition.
The city was built on a rocky peninsula which is considered by scientists as a unique worldwide example of the Toarcian turnover during the Early Jurassic extinction.
Peniche is also known for its long windy beaches, sought for recreational activities and sports such as surf, windsurf, Bodyboarding or kite surf. These beaches have very good waves. Supertubos, waves formed with very fast and powerful tubular movements, are very popular in the region and are considered of the best in Europe. Some call a supertubo the "European Pipeline".
The Berlengas islands, about six miles ashore from the peninsula, are part of the municipality. They are one of the world's first protected areas as nature reserve. In summer, the islands can be visited by taking a ferryboat from Peniche.
Peniche, with its typical harbour, its white windmills, chapels and large sand beaches has inspired famous artists like Maurice Boitel.



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