This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Ferrel.
The seaside parish of Ferrel, located in Peniche, Portugal, is built on a rocky peninsula known for long, picturesque beaches and consistent wind and waves. Traditionally, these waters were important for local fisheries, but more recently have been a big draw for surfers from around the world.
Recognized as a “true Mecca of surfing,” Ferrel is definitely the surf capital of Portugal. Since the town is located on a peninsula, it is surrounded by potential surf spots with varied swell and wind direction, providing fantastic conditions for both experienced surfers and beginners looking to get a little practice. There are a number of surf camps and schools in the area, and recently hosted the World Championship Tour of the World Surf League.
Staying at a hostel or hotel in Ferrel is a great way to explore the western tip of the Peniche Peninsula. Accommodation can be found ranging from spa resorts to hostels full of surfers – depending on what kind of experience visitors are hoping to have during their stay in Ferrel. Even if you’re not interested in surfing, the hostels here offer a perfect opportunity to get a feel for this beautiful seaside town.
A short ferry ride away, visitors here can explore one of the world’s first nature reserves – the Berlengas islands, located only 10km out from the peninsula. The peninsula itself is full of landmarks to check out, with a busy harbour, old chapels, white windmills, and expansive rocky, beaches. The land formation that houses the town of Ferrel is considered a unique example of Toarcian turnover by many geologists, remnants from the Early Jurassic worldwide extinction.
There are daily buses running between Lisbon and Peniche, and taxis are available to bring visitors to the village of Ferrel. Car rentals are also a great option for travelers in this part of Portugal.
Written by local enthusiast for Ferrel hostelsJakob Lombardi