The Berlengas Island is located on the Atlantic Ocean at 11Km (seven miles) of the city of Peniche, Portugal. The Berlenga Island is a part of the Berlengas archipelago which is composed by a group of very small islands: Islet of Farilhões, Islets of Estrelas (stars), Islet of Forcadas and Berlengas Island. The Island is small: 1.5K (approximately one mile) by 800 meters (half a mile) by 85 meters high, you can visit the whole island in a day. The Island is made out of beautiful rose granite and in the spring and summer it is covered by beautiful flowers.
The Berlengas Island is located on the Atlantic Ocean at 11Km (seven miles) of the city of Peniche, Portugal. The Berlenga Island is a part of the Berlengas archipelago, which is composed by a group of very small islands: Islet of Farilhões, Islets of Estrelas (stars), Islet of Forcadas and Berlengas Island.
The Island is small: 1.5K (approximately one mile) by 800 meters (half a mile) by 85 meters high, you can visit the whole island in a day. The Island is made out of beautiful rose granite, and in the spring and summer, beautiful flowers cover it.
Berlengs Island is a beautiful Island, it has no permanent population and it is in his natural state (almost untouched by men), with very few buildings and one lighthouse. The existing buildings are a camp site, grocery, restaurant, small lodge and a Fort, the Fort was partially converted into a rest house and it is only connected to the island by a very small a narrow ancient stone bridge which is submerged by the ocean during storms. You need balls of steel to spend the night in the Fort, the view from the rooms is very beautiful when the sea is calm and it can be very nasty if you catch bad sea weather, the waves crash right into the fort base.
Berlenga Island is a paradise for snorkeling and diving, the clear greenish-blue (I like to call it Caribbean blue) water provides great visibility under water and you can see very species of fish and other sea life, underwater caves and barrier reefs, you can also see an old sunken ship. The island is also great for bird watching you can find a great variety of birds in their natural habitat.
The Island has great landscapes and small beaches; Furado Grande (big hole) crosses the entire island and ends on an immense bay covered by a huge vault known as Cova do Sonho (dream cave), a true masterpiece of nature.
I advise you to go there before and after the summer, during the summer the island is packed with tourists and scuba divers.
The main beach is nearby the port, the water is warm and perfect for swimming and you can jump right from the port into the water.Part of the Island was ripped off by the ocean in the past, forming a separated part of the island called Ilha Velha (Old Island). In the summer, the island becomes filled with various sorts of flowers.
To go to Berlengas Island you have to catch a boat in Peniche and it takes about 45 minutes / one hour to get there. Be sure of the sea conditions before catching the boat, it can be a great ride when the sea is calm or a nightmare when the sea is bad.
Berlenga Grande also starred in a pre-revolutionary Portuguese movie called “O Rei das Berlengas” (Portuguese for The King of the Berlengas), a comedy about someone who one fine day decides to become king of the said archipelago. Due to this movie, several people, have declared the independence of the islands, and declare themselves as king, prince or president of the Berlengas Islands. These declarations are nothing more than fiction intended for amusement.
You may not be a King in Berlengas but you surely will feel like a Prince when you feel the warm fine sand and turquoise warm sea in your feet. It will be part of your definition of paradise.
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Films Used: Fuji Velvia (35mm, 100 iso) X-pro; Fuji Sensia (35mm, 100 iso) X-pro; Homemade Redscale with Fuji Superia X-tra (35mm, 400 iso) pushed to 100 iso.