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pine trees and golden dunes...

Never-ending cliffs and a magical forest … Peniche is stuck between the dry Algarve and the damp regions north of Porto. It offers an obscene amount of wave variety and the climate is fantastic year round. We actually came close to picking this area to start a new life. As you know we ended up in Les Landes, but Portugal still lingers on the back of our mind. Pine trees and golden dunes, I could quickly feel right at home here. As much as I dislike the word retirement, this would be, the picture perfect location. For now, we’ll visit whenever the cold weather kicks in La Douce France.

Anyway, here’s a project that charmed us. A lot. Out of a zillion places to stay, Bukubaki is our favorite.  We would not hesitate a second to recommend them to friends & family. (Especially with kids.) Here’s the official pitch:

The main goal behind Bukubaki is to unite the passion for action lifestyle of surfing, skateboarding, mountain biking and hiking, with the needs for peace and tranquillity by offering yoga, meditation, relaxation and massage therapies; embedded in captivating glamping experience, while promoting an environmental awareness and the return of the human being to its natural ecosystem.

Our stilt houses halfway between heaven and earth, are like nests in the trees. A child’s dream come true, with the comfort of a kitchenette and private bathroom. They are also equipped with ECO heating for those days when the sea breeze calls for a warm sweater, a cup of hot chocolate, a good novel or a sketchbook.

Bukubaki. looks amazing and is located near Praia d’El Rey. Yep, that’s where many of the pro surfers stay when they are on the dream tour. Surf & Golf, it’s a thing, when you’re living the WSL life. The lounge overlooking the course and the ocean looks great, but some other parts of the 5-star resort lack personality.

Another option would be the trendy Surfers Lodge Peniche. (Baleal Beach is a 10-minute walk away.) The environmentally-friendly house has the curiosity of being built using stripped parts of old boats.

If we plan a 2-week surf trip I’ll probably split my time between these two standouts. But I’ll also check out the charming Mercearia D’Alegria. The building dates back to 1936 and was a traditional grocery store which operated for over 50 years. It was fully renovated in 2015.

It would be criminal not to visit Lisbon when planning your trip to Peniche/Baleal. Inspira Santa Marta HotelBessaHotel LiberdadeDear Lisbon, and EPIC SANA Lisboa Hotel are some of our options.

Last but not least, whenever we plan a city trip we always check other places to stay on Airbnb, I didn’t take me very long to find a few gems to make me want to skip some of the best hotels. Like this loft, this apartment, or … something pinterestique with an epic story:

During the last 100 years, the original XVII century stables were used very differently: a place for sailors to sleep for a night, a grocery store, then a car shop, then it stopped in time, and now we are inviting you in!!! The flat is located in the Bairro of Santa Catarina, in the historical center of Lisbon. The loft occupies the open space underneath an XVIIth century barrel vault on the ground floor of an 18th-century building“. LINK

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