Let me just say this, Ferrel was once a land of pirates and mysterious sailors who used the local cliffs to hide the loot of their ocean endeavours. Sounds exciting? Well, despite its unorthodox look, the town of approximately 3000 people, has a unique charm that combines the ocean and the surrounding countryside. A place of farmers, fishermen and on recent years people from all over the world who once came for the first time and decided to stay. Adventurers, travellers, surfers. The founding of this Ferrel is hidden among stories of wrecked ships and foggy nights with the smell of the sea close by.
Come and discover the tales.
Maybe your life is here for the taking.
Long beautiful coastlines, sandy shores and an ocean with a distinct personality. This is what you will find here so just grab the sunscreen and let´s catch some sun. It´s good for the soul!
Almagreira Beach – The one closest to Ferrel Surf House, just 300 meters away. A beach with more than 1 km of sand line with cliffs cutting the landscape along the way. Perfect for a more quite day at the beach away from the buzz of Baleal.
Baleal (North) – Long sand line between the Baleal island (on the west), and “Pedras Muitas” (on the east) with a rocky shore.
Baleal (South) – Baleal Bay (baía), calm waters and a broad and long sand line surrounded by dunes. Plenty of laces to park where you can also have a snack, a meal or a drink. Gets crowded during the summer months but you can easily find a place to relax. Lots of restaurants, and bars where you can have a meal or go for a drink. Great spot to watch the sunset!
Supertubos – or Medão Grande beach. Iconic beach very famous for its waves. Long sand line with the village of Consolação on one side and Peniche on the other. This is where the Surf World Championship Tour (WTC) comes for a stage in October! Feel free to join the professionals.
Beach break with good left and right peaks. Some rocks at low tide. Waves up to 2 meters ( 6 feet). Swell from North and West.
Both right hand and left hand peaks. Beach break with long and muscular waves. Good spot to surf alone with waves up to 2 meters. Swell from the North.
Long lefts with reef bottom. Fat wave but very entertaining to surf. Swell from the North and Northwest. Works better at half-tide.
Cantinho da Baía
Ideal for beginners. Right-hand and left-hand beach break. The most consistent surf spot all year round. Swell from Northwest.
Long sandy beach with several peaks along the bay. Good for beginners. Works with big swells. Better at low tide.
Right-hand point break on sandy bottom due to the pear on the East side. Long tubular sections with great waves for both surfers and bodyboarders.
As the name suggests, classic tubular waves resembling Pipeline. The crown jewel of Peniche for more seasoned surfers! Sandy bottom with waves that can go up to five meters (14,5 feet). Swell from the South and West.
BEST PLACES TO VISIT
Ok, surf can be your main priority, but there´s a ton of other things you can do you while you are staying here with us.
Go for a daily tour to the island of Berlengas, a Natural reserve just 10
kms from Peniche. A virtually unspoiled island with pedestrian walks
that lead you to the Fortress of S. João Baptista and the charming
grottoes hidden among the spectacular landscape. A region´s landmark!
Just 18 kms away lies the medieval town of Óbidos. An 8 th century
settlement with a castle and walls that still stand to this day. One of
UNESCO´S literary villages, you can find lots of libraries as well as
unique monuments beautifully preserved from the last millennia. One
of town´s hallmarks is the Medieval Market that happens every year
during the month of July. And don´t forget to have a glass of Ginja de
Óbidos while you are there!
Caldas da Rainha
Next to Óbidos stands the city of Caldas da Rainha. A thermal city
from the 15 th century with a charming park and a vibrant historical
centre. The perfect place to go for some shopping, catch a movie at the
cinemas, a concert or a play in one of the best theatres of the country.
Once just a small fishing town 30kms north from Peniche and now one of the most important spots for big wave surfing in the world! Is was here that Garrett McNamara caught a 78 foot (24 meter) wave, the biggest ever caught to that date and in January 2013 he caught an even bigger one, 100 foot (30 meter) wave(!!) putting him and Nazaré in the Guinness World of
Records. Do you want to miss out the opportunity to catch a glimpse of
this wonder of nature? By the way McNamara actually lives in Nazaré
nowadays so there´s a good chance of meeting him there checking the
coast lines or just having a coffee in one of the several cool spots by the
Urban and cosmopolitan, voted one of the best cities in the
world to visit is just 80 kms away. The light of this city is something
else! Visit “Chiado”, “Rossio” or take a stroll by the Tagus river in
Belém. The old and the new, the ancient and the modern meet in this
vibrant capital. Go to Alfama, and listen to Fado, visit Jerónimos
Monastery, try a “Pastel de Belém” or just relax in one of the many
great restaurants and bars this city has to offer. It is said that Ulisses
himself, while traveling around the world, fell in love with the land and
decided to stay hence founding Lisbon. Maybe you can also fall in
love, who knows?
PLACES TO EAT
In Ferrel/ Baleal
Bar da Praia - Right on the beach facing the Peniche Bay (Baia), iconic place for a snack coming from a surf session or a swim. Natural juices, toasts, light meals or just a cold beer. All of these just 20 meters away from the sea!
Tasca do Ganhão – Located on the Baleal island. Ideal for a light meal, Portuguese tapas and seafood.
Cantina – Cosy restaurant of Italian food. Great environment for an enjoyable dinner after a day at the beach.
Funky Donkey – Pizzas from a stone oven, Italian style! Small and charming.
Bea´s Tostas - All kinds of homemade toasts made with the love of a great family. Natural, fresh juices, hamburgers, piadinas, açaí bowls are also on the menu. Perfect spot for a quick lunch and a laugh.
Caseirinha – Feel like going for some chicken? This is the place to go. Affordable, tasty and plenty. That´s their motto!
Tasca do Joel – Traditional Portuguese cuisine, with fresh fish and seafood. Great wine cellar!
Miradum – One of the best to eat sea food, Lobster, shrimp. Always fresh, definitely worth visiting.
Xakra Beach – Lovely restaurant on the Molhe Leste beach with a sublime ocean view. Ideal for light meals, snacks and drinks. Fresh fish and local products from local producers.
Nau dos Corvos - Perfect restaurant for a more exquisite meal. Located on the top of Carvoeiro Cape. The view is breathtaking! Fantastic cuisine with a superb cellar.
The Base – charming bar with a huge range of cocktails and beers. Perfect for a drink before dinner while contemplating the classic Baleal sunset.
Baleal Cocktail - This bar is the oldest in this region, owned by an exuberant half french/half portuguese character, Gil. Classic and modern cocktails, live music, darts. Ideal to start the night with a fresh beer and some moves at the sound of Disco and Caribbean music.
Bar da Praia - Again, but this time with a disco mood. Party hard (or not that hard) until dawn! DJ sets, beautiful people, great mood for a great night out in Baleal! And remember, the beach is just there for the taking!
Danau – Next to Bar da Praia, is Danau. Live Music, DJ sets, and lots of dancing! Enjoy your night out at Baleal!