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Silver Coast Blog

The bloggers -who are reside, live and enjoy here- do like to share their everyday worries at the Silver Coast and abroad.

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Active holidays

Active holidays

For an active holiday or a just a sportive day

The Costa de Prata is sunny, has beautiful historic places and buildings, but also many possibilities for an active day.

The Atlantic Ocean offers great possibilities for activities on or in the water.  But don't worry, also on land or in the aire you can have a great and sporty day out.

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Welcoming Stays

Welcoming Stays

The Costa de Prata offers a wide selection of accommodations

Child friendly places, or a quiet retreat for couples, modern or romantic, bed and breakfast, selfcatering homes or a luxury lodge with swimming pool: the choice is yours. However they all have something in common: they are always hospitable!

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Beaches

Beaches

Clean, sunny and spacious

The Silver Coast has several types of beaches. There are beaches with everything you need, other beaches are more natural and quiet.

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Worth-seeing

Worth-seeing

Too much to mention!

Maybe the main reason why the Costa de Prata is so renowned, is the huge number and quality of things to see and do.

The vast beaches, remarkable nature, special museums, historic cities and monastries, picturesque villages. It's really too much to mention but we try anyway.

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Enjoy an organised activity

Adventure By You offers all kinds of activities and excursions, like dolphin spotting, horseriding on the beach or inland, bicycle tours, or a wine excursion. You can see all possibilities and make reservations on their website. Tours are in English.

Atlantic Safaris in Nazaré offers a great day in or at the sea. Flyboarding, dolphin spotting, a tour to the Berlengas, scubadiving, and lots more. You can find their complete programme on their website. Tours are in English.

Jinah Trans offers guided tours during low season. Jan and Hilde love to take you to the best places in the Costa de Prata (Silver Coast). Tours are in Dutch, English, French and German. Go to their website for the full programme.

And there's more choice in daytrips: Daytours and Gowestours offer you a wide range of excursions. Tours are in English.

Enjoy the Portuguese sea

Surfing

The Atlantic Ocean is ideal for surfing. Some of the most popular surf beaches are at Nazaré, Baleal and Peniche.

You can rent your gear and/or book some lessons at Peniche Surf Camp, Nazaré Surf School, and others.

For (kite)surfing you can also go to Peniche Kitecenter, and the Escola da Vela in Nadadouro.

www.penichesurfcamp.com

www.penichekitecenter.com

www.nazaresurfschool.pt

www.escoladeveladalagoa.com

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

If you prefer calmer waters, you might like Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) on the Óbidos lagoon.

For more information and reservations go to www.supXscape.com

Sailing

Both the São Martinho do Porto bay as the Óbidos lagoon are excellent locations for sailing, (kite) surfing, canoeing, etc. You can rent the equipment and take lessons.

For instance, check the Escola de Vela da da Lagoa (sailing school) for possibilities at the Óbidos lagoon, not far from Foz do Arelho, for sailing, canoeing, waterskiing, and windsurfing.

The São Martinho Nautical Club offers sailing and windsurfing lessons.

www.escoladeveladalagoa.com

www.cnsmp.org

Certification gives extra certainty

Portugal introduced a certification to boost the quality of holiday accommodations. Amongst others there are rules for hygiene, security and juridical/administrative correct management.

On this website you can recognize the accommodations that comply to the rules by this logo:

Alojamento Local

And 'in real life' by this logo:

Alojamento Local Logo 

Versatile seaside resort close to Leiria

São Pedro de Moel is a small sea resort, at about 20 kilometers from Leiria. The Portuguese people like to spend time on the beaches of this village. Also boardsurfers like come here and wait in the sea for the best waves to ride. On the sandy beach you can have a nice walk and enjoy the waves that break on the rocks around the village.

It's a picturesque village with great restaurants. On the highest rock you see the Penedo da Saudade lighthouse. The route to São Pedro de Moel takes you through the Pinhal de Leiria, a pine forest where in the last century resin was harvested.

Points of interest are Praia Velha, Praia da Concha, the Penedo da Saudade lighthouse and the Ribeira de Moel river north of the village. There are several parks in the pine forests. There is a beautiful walk through the area, it's about 7 kilometres long and takes you along sea, beaches, forest, parks, fountains and streams.

 

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