Not yet spoiled by mass tourism

Not yet spoiled by mass tourism

You'll find here what the Algarve is missing

You'll find here what the Algarve is missing

The beach resorts are still authentic

The beach resorts are still authentic

You can reach it from Lisbon in no-time

You can reach it from Lisbon in no-time

The weather is nice, all year round

The weather is nice, all year round

Costa de Prata

A personal story

When we drove back to The Netherlands after our holidays in the Algarve in 2001, we were absolutely sure. We were not going to live in the Algarve, nor were we going to buy a house south of Lisbon.

We did not really like the landscape. Of course, the sea is marvellous, always and everywhere, but the countryside consists of huge plains, dry oliveyards and extensive pine forests. Beautiful, but not for us.

So we drove home and perhaps we might still have lived in Holland, but for the fact that some hundred kilometers north of Lisbon, we drove through a beautiful, green landscape.

Hilly, grassy, forests interspersed with orchards. In the distance the blue-grey mountains of the Serra dos Candeeiros. But I was not really interested in them at the time...

A cup of tea

The landscape awakened something inside of me. So I said to Loek (my husband): ‘If there is a nice town in the neighbourhood with a nice terrace, where I can drink a cup of tea on a Fridaymorning, then I would like to look around here. That’s why we drove into Caldas da Rainha and in the middle of the town we found ourselves in a beautiful park from the 17th century. Parque Dom Carlos I. And yes, there is a terrace.

What in heaven's name can you do within one week?

Caldas da Rainha is situated in the Costa de Prata, something I realised much later. The region we chose to live in has many more things than we realised in the beginning. Maybe you have to live here to know this. There is so much to see, to experience and to enjoy here, that we secretly laugh when people rent one of our apartments for one week. I always have the tendency to cry out: 'What can you do in one week, for heaven’s sake!' But of course I don’t do that, instead I bombard people with tips and ideas (if they want to listen to me of course.)

Yes, I dare maintain that, even when it rains, The Costa de Prata is beautiful and if you want to there is a lot to see and to experience. One of the highlights is the old monastery in Alcobaça: Mosteiro de Santa Maria. It is true, the Abbey is described in all the tourist-guides, but there is so much more to discover in the Abbey and in the Costa de Prata.

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Suniest Beaches

Surfers paradise There are many beaches to the north and south of Peniche. Most of these beaches are very popular with surfers because of the superb waves. On this website you can see all beaches....

Best known seaside resort of the Costa de Prata The main beach of Nazaré lies behind a high cliff, on which Sítio is situated. Because of this, there is less wind at this beach. In high season you...

Tranquil beach Salgado beach is a vast beach located between São Martinho do Porto and Nazaré. Usually the sea is fairly rough, and the beach can be quite steep, so it's not the most suitable beach...

Place to be São Martinho do Porto has always been ‘the place to be’ voor people from cities like Lisbon. Because of the specific location of the bay, the beach and the sea are accessible for...

Most Beautiful Places

Marinha Grande: The glass centre of the region Apart from the glass museum Museo do Vidro in the former residence of Stephens, where glass-ware of the 17th to the 20th century is on display, there...

Rugged landscape offers many hiking possibilities In the inland of the Costa de Prata is the nature reserve Parque Natural das Serra de Aire e Candeeiros, one of 13 nature reserves in Portugal. It...

Water feature When it rains the water is cascading over a carpet of large granite blocks and is collected in a huge basin. The water is filtered in a natural way in the stomach and lead to a public...

Aqueduct with 180 arches About 4 kilometers northwest of Tomar you can see the remains of the Aqueduto de Pegões Alto. This aqueduct was built for the water supply of the convent; it is about 5...

Popular Activities

Observe dolphins with your own eyes Both from Nazaré as from Peniche, boat trips are organised to see the dolphins. There are several agents. Such as: Nazaré Waterfun Atlantis Waterfun

For that one rainy day In Caldas da Rainha there is a great bowling alley: Bowling Caldas.

New bathhouse offers 19th century wellness In the 19th century Nazaré was wellknown for its warm seawater baths to help relieve backaches and for slimming. In the 20th century there were 2 "warm...

Escape rooms Popular all over the world! Also on the Costa de Prata you can enjoy the mysteries of an escape room. At the moment there are 3 in the region, surely there will be more in the future....

Nicest Towns

In Conímbriga one of the largest Roman settlements of Portugal was found, and therefore declared National Monument. The remains are of a very good quality. You can see an aquaduct of about 3...

One of the larges pilgrimage places in the world. Whether you're religious or not, this place is absolutely impressive. In the spring of 1917 the 3 shepherds children Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco...

Village with rich history In 1385 the battle of Aljubarrota was fought between the Castilians and Portuguese aristocrats. Lead by João, the Portugese won the battle. This victory became symbol for...

Glass town with English twist Marinha Grande is located between Leiria and the coast. Since the second half of the 18th century it is the centre of glass manufacturing industry. The Royal Glass...

Best Restaurants

Excellent Italian restaurant, superb dishes and great staff This restaurant is officially the best restaurant in the area.

This restaurant is close to Buddha Eden , It has a lovely atmosphere, good food and wine, and a friendly staff. A real topper.

A traditional Portuguese restaurant, with large open fire for cooking the meat. The restaurant is very well known with Portuguese people.

A very good and cosy Portuguese restaurant, that has won a number of awards already. Tip: order a 'meio dose' for your main course, because the starters are enormous!