Not yet spoiled by mass tourism

Not yet spoiled by mass tourism

What the Algarve is missing, you'll find here

What the Algarve is missing, you'll find here

The beach resorts are still authentic

The beach resorts are still authentic

The reachability from Lisbon Airport is excellent

The reachability from Lisbon Airport is excellent

The weather is nice, all year round

The weather is nice, all year round

To See and Experience at the Silver Coast

Golf

The best country to play golf Although it all started…

Tomar

Templars left Tomar an impressive castle Tomar is located east…

Santa Cruz beaches

in Beaches

Sun space all around In the Torres Vedras there are…

Óbidos lagoon

Beautiful lagoon invites you for some activities This vast and…

Origins of the Templars monastry

Arise of the Castelo dos Templários and Convento de Cristo…

Peniche's (surf) beaches

in Beaches

Surfers paradise There are many beaches to the north and…

Figueira da Foz

One of Portugal's major seaside resorts Figueira da Foz is…

São Martinho do Porto's bay

in Beaches

Place to be São Martinho do Porto has always been…

Peniche

Peniche is full of history The town of Peniche is…

Museums in Caldas da Rainha

Caldas da Rainha has a history of the artisanal and…

Arco da Memoria

Triumphal arch with sea-view On the south-eastern slope of the…

Bowling

For that one rainy day In Caldas da Rainha there…

Horseriding

Exploring the area by horse For riding lessons or hacks…

Restaurante O Cabeço

Cosy restaurant high above Alcobaça. Great location, cosy restaurant, friendly…

Monastry Batalha

The monastry Santa Maria de Vitória is Portuguese late gothic…

Grutas Mira d'Aire

The largest caves in Portugal They were discovered in 1947,…

Dinosaurs

Back from the Past In February 2018 the Dino Parque…

Excursions

Enjoy an organised activity Adventure By You offers all kinds…

Accommodations at the Silver Coast

Casa Muragarden

Spacious holiday house close to sea Caratarastic renovated house with…

Casa do Alivio

Modern villa (2014) Nadadouro near Lagoa do Obidos and Foz…

Casinhas Fim do Mundo

Two authentic cottages behind the coast of Lourinha This authentic…

Residence Casa Eme

Apartment with superb roof terrace New 2 bedroom apartment Residence…

Villa Limão holiday apartments

Spacious, luxurious and sunny holiday villa The beautiful Villa Limão…

Casa Ceedina

Moderne Bed and Breakfast Tussen Lissabon en Porto staat Bed…

Quinta Vale da Palha

Relaxing atmosphere in a green valley In Vale da Palha…

Guesthouse Bem Vindo

"A wonderfull stay with an amazing view!" Brand new, sleek…

Blog about the Silver Coast

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 14:54

Watersports

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.

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.

Published in Active holidays
Sunday, 25 October 2015 11:28

Hiking

Discover the Silver Coast by foot

OESTE, or the west, is an area in the centre of Portugal, and is part of the Costa de Prata or Silver Coast. This mainly green area knows bright light and a mild climate.

The nature invites you for a hike:
The landscape is very varied: ocean, woods, fields, lagoon, vineyards, rivers and bay, alternates with small white villages, ruines, windmills, white churches and typical hamlets. All of that in landscape with beautiful hills, from which you have stunning views.

There are lovely hiking possibilities in the nature park of Serras de Aire e de Candeeiros, or around the Lagoa de Óbidos. You can also get hiking routes at the tourist offices.

The area offers many marked footpaths, and there are possibilities for geocaching.

You can also check our page Hiking routes, we continuously add new routes on that page.

 

Published in Active holidays
Sunday, 11 October 2015 14:40

Óbidos

Picturesque fortified town continues to fascinate

West of Caldas da Rainha, is the town of Óbidos. Óbidos is a fortified town located on top of a hill, and still encircled by high walls. Once the town was surrounded by sea, so it was of strategic importance, which explains the high location and high walls.
Dom Dinis gave the town of Óbidos to his wife Isabela as a wedding gift. Together they spent their honeymoon in Óbidos. For ages Óbidos was the wedding gift for every new Portuguese queen.

The whole of the town of Óbidos is declared as a monument. It has many streets, alleys, squares, white houses, shops, and restaurants. The walls are still completely intact, so you can walk all around the village.

Just before the entrance you can find the Tourism office, here you can get your own copy of the Óbidos map and lots of other information.

The Castelo

The Castelo is very old. During the earthquake of 1755 it was heavily damaged. In the 20th century the ruins were reconstructed. After te reconstruction the castle became Portugal’s first poussada in a historic building. Unfortunately it is not open for the public, only for hotel guests.

Published in Lovely towns
Monday, 05 October 2015 15:04

Óbidos lagoon

Beautiful lagoon invites you for some activities

This vast and natural lagoon is situated between the historic town of Óbidos and the trendy beach resort of Foz de Arelho.

The lagoon has a narrow passage to the Atlantic Ocean. There are walking and cycling routes around the lagoa, and on the water you can surf, sail, fish, and many other activities. This is also a place where paragliders like to use the thermals for long float trips.

Foz do Arelho has several nice beach bars along the wide promenade, a good place to have a drink after a nice stroll. And if you're lucky you can watch a volleyball game on the beach.

Published in Nature and Culture
Sunday, 14 June 2015 11:15

Ginja de Óbidos

Ginja, liqueur with ancient history

Óbidos is a major attraction in the Costa de Prata. The walled village and inside the castle have a medieval ambiance. With its typical whitewashed houses, almost all have blue, red or yellow decoration. The streets are very picturesque, and relatively cool in warm periods. From the city wall (round trip), you not only have a spectacular view of the old town, but also of the environment.

The history of Óbidos also appeals to the imagination: King Dom Dinis gave the castle to his wife Santa Isabel (queen of Portugal from 1286 to 1336) as a present. During reconstruction of the city after a major earthquake in 1755, the first foundations were found dating even 308 BC, a Celtic settlement.

The main street, that you enter when you enter through the main gate, is a very attractive street, with its beautiful blue wall tiles (azulejos). Many shops have all kinds of handmade and local products for sale. There are also many restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy typical Portuguese cuisine.

At various places you can enjoy a glass of Ginjinha (or simply Ginja). This liqueur made from sour cherries, is a typical drink that is very popular in and around Óbidos. A perfect place to drink it is the bar Ibn Errik Rex at the end of the main street, near the castle. The Ginja they serve is an old family recipe, and is only for sale at that place, in a beautifully designed bottle, perfect as a gift. The bar is beautifully decorated with an original mural (ask for the secret, 'o segredo da parede') and hundreds of small bottles on the ceiling. They serve thin chouriço (sausages) grilled on the table in an earthenware dish, accompanied by bread and cheese cubes. Host Antonio welcomes you with Portuguese hospitality.

Published in Wine and Liqueur