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Glamping vacation at the Silver Coast

Glamping or 'glamorous camping' is enjoying your holiday in a special accommodation.

We welcome you on our small-scale glamping in this beautiful, rich in culture, part of Portugal.

Equipped with all conveniences

The three spacious tent lodges are equipped with all conveniences.

The double deck fabrics lodges with wooden inside walls, have a complete kitchen, bathroom with a rain shower, 2 bed rooms with good beds and a porch with a stunning view.

Before the porch is a large pic-nic table: a great spot for enyoing your breakfast for instance. The daily fresh bread rolls are being brought to you by the baker.

For communal use are the large swimming pool and the covered terrace with barbecue and a play field for the kids. WiFi is available on the terrain and in the lodges.

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Thursday, 05 November 2015 11:52

Restaurante Solar dos Amigos

A traditional Portuguese restaurant, with large open fire for cooking the meat.

The restaurant is very well known with Portuguese people.

Published in Best restaurants
Thursday, 05 November 2015 11:50

Restaurante Sabores d’Italia

Excellent Italian restaurant, superb dishes and great staff

This restaurant is officially the best restaurant in the area.

Published in Best restaurants
Friday, 09 October 2015 19:45

Museums in Caldas da Rainha

Caldas da Rainha has a history of the artisanal and industrial production of ceramics. The colourful azulejos (tiles) are a good example. The history of ceramics in this town is also the 'raw material' for contemporary artists.

 

Ceramics workshops and museums:
 

  • Museu da Cerâmica: exhibition of an important collection of ceramics from the 16th to the 20th century. The museum is located in a beautiful villa, surrounded by gardens.
  • Casa Museu de São Rafael: exhibition of ceramics by the artist São Rafael, made by the Bordallo Pinheiro factory. www.bordallopinheiro.com
  • Atelier-Museu António Duarte: exhibition of work by of sculptor António Duarte (1912-1998)
  • Atelier-Museu João Fragoso: exhibition of work by sculptor João Fragoso (1913-2000)
     

Other museums:
 

  • Museu do Hospital e das Caldas da Rainha: museum on 5 centuries of medicinal springs, and the thermal hospital in Caldas da Rainha. The exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, carvings, clothing, furniture, ceramics, and medical / scientific instruments.
  • Museu Barata Feyo: exhibition of work by sculptor Barata Feyo (1899-1990)
  • Museu José Malhoa: exhibitions of paintings by José Malhoa (1855-1933), and work by other Portuguese artists
  • Espaço Concas: exhibition of paintings by Maria da Conceição Nunes, also known as Concas (1946-1991), in the Centro de Artes
  • Museu do Ciclismo: exhibition on cycling in Portugal

 

Published in Special museums
Friday, 17 April 2015 15:49

The discovery of the 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.

Published in Miscellaneous
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 19:25

Caldas da Rainha

This city 'The queen's hot springs', arose around a health resort

Queen Leonor de Bragança, wife of king João I, was travelling one day in 1484, when she saw peasants bathing in very smelly water in the Óbidos area.

She asked them why they did that, and they told her dat the water was benificial for people suffering from rheumatism and arthritis. Suffering from rheumatism herself, she decided to take a bath, and noticed that it indeed helped her feel better. As it turned out it was not just smelly water, in fact they were warm sulphur springs. Leonor sold all her jewelry and used the money to build a thermal hospital. The first patients already arrived in 1488, and it took until 1497 to complete all buildings.

Citypark

Around the health resort a beautiful park was created, the Parque Dom Carlos I. It still is the green heart of the city. It is a great place for a walk, and while you're there: there are a few museums in the park, so a great opportunity to visit them.

In the centre of Caldas da Rainha you can visit the Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Pópulo, the former chapel of the thermal hospital. It was built in manuelino style.

Ceramics

Caldas da Rainha is very famous for its ceramics. Every year in July there is a ceramics fair, the Feira Nacional da Cerâmica. The city has several workshops and museums, like the Casa Museu de São Rafael: exhibition of cermics by artist São Rafael, manufactured by the Bordallo Pinheiro factory.
There is a Bordallo Pinheiro route that will take you through the city, not only will you get to know the city, but there are several ceramic sculptures on the route. Can you find them all?

City Guide

There is a City Guide Caldas da Rainha app, available in Portuguese and English. Follow this link to download the app.

Published in Beautiful cities
Tuesday, 07 April 2015 19:59

Bowling

For that one rainy day

In Caldas da Rainha there is a great bowling alley: Bowling Caldas.

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Tuesday, 17 March 2015 20:57

Casas Fruta holiday rentals ****

Spacious and luxurious holiday houses and swimming pool

Our holiday houses are named after fruits that are grown here in this area. Casas Fruta is right in the middle of an area with lots of orchards, which look beautiful in spring when they are in full bloom.

The houses are all detached. Situated for maximum privacy and a lovely view on the hills. You can take a refreshing swim in the swimming pool, or relax in a lounger at the poolside.

Equiped with everything you need

All houses are equiped with everything you need. There is a complete kitchen with dishwasher, hob, fridge/freezer, and oven/microwave. The bathroom has a spacious shower and a bath. Both bedrooms have large and comfortable beds. The living has, of course, a sitting area and a dining area. But also a TV with DVD player and a USB connection, so you can enjoy your own music and photos.

On the veranda you can relax in the shade, and enjoy a nice and warm fire on chilly nights. Or perhaps you prefer the fireplace inside? Together with the underfloor heating you can enjoy your holidays in Casas Fruta all year round.

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