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Going through our archives this weekend we noticed we had published a photo of a door inside this fort, but never the fort itself. Here it is in all its splendour, right out of any pirate movie, complete with turquoise waters, its own little harbour and raised stone pathways with no rails at all. The coarse stone walls are thick as can be, with brick lintels at windows, doors, and cannon openings. Seagulls cover the entire surface of the island, and only a handful of fishermen live there.

The fort was built in the 1600s as a first line of coastal defense and staging area in case of attacks to the mainland. The city of Peniche can be barely seen on the photo above, and from our tiny vaulted room where we spent the night years ago.

Forte de São João Baptista, Berlenga Grande, Peniche

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