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

Mountainbiking

Centro de BTT Portugal's first official mountainbike centre, the Centro…

Peniche's (surf) beaches

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Surfers paradise There are many beaches to the north and…

National Palace of Queluz

The Portuguese Versailles is definitely worth a visit Originally the…

Figueira da Foz

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

Restaurante Marina-Bar

Nice restaurant, in Nazaré's marina The menu is extensive (fish,…

Grutas Alvados / San Antonio

In these 'brother caves' you can admire thousands of stalactites…

Glass museums

Marinha Grande: The glass centre of the region Apart from…

São Martinho do Porto's bay

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Place to be São Martinho do Porto has always been…

Marinha Grande

Glass town with English twist Marinha Grande is located between…

Praia do Salgado

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Tranquil beach Salgado beach is a vast beach located between…

Tomar area

Aqueduct with 180 arches About 4 kilometers northwest of Tomar…

Origins of the Templars monastry

Arise of the Castelo dos Templários and Convento de Cristo…

Berlenga Islands

Islands close to Peniche are beautiful nature reserve The Berlengas…

Pia do Urso Sensory Eco-Park

Experience magical sensations! Nature is the keyword in the Pia…

Arco da Memoria

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

Malveira market

Popular market with varied supply In Malveira, a few kilometers…

Waterparks

Water fun for the whole family! At the Costa de…

Shopping

For shop-aholics If you love to shop, the Costa de…

Welcoming Stays

The Costa de Prata offers a wide selection of accommodations Child friendly places, or a quiet retreat for couples, modern…

Worth-seeing

Too much to mention! Maybe the main reason why the Costa de Prata is so renowned, is the huge number…

Active holidays

For an active holiday or a just a sportive day The Costa de Prata is sunny, has beautiful historic places…

Beaches

Clean, sunny and spacious The Silver Coast has several types of beaches. There are beaches with everything you need, other…

Silver Coast Blog

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

Casa Ceedina

Moderne Bed and Breakfast Tussen Lissabon en Porto staat Bed…

Casas Fruta

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Super last minute offer! 35% discount Due to cancelation available:…

Casa Boavista

Klein paradijs nabij strand Ons domein met 4 charmante vakantiewoningen,…

Quinta Antes o Vento

Child-friendly guesthouse in a peaceful environment A stay in one…

Farm Holidays Silver Coast

Back to Nature Our old organic vineyard is situated in…

Residence Casa Eme

Apartment with superb roof terrace New 2 bedroom apartment Residence…

Guesthouse Bem Vindo

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

Quinta da Vida Serena

Authentic Portuguese farmhouse Welcome to our restored, rustic, authentic Portuguese…

A new place discovered

It's been almost three years that we came to live…

Foz do Arelho, pimped!

By coincidence we discovered 10 years ago the resort town…

Rota de Peregrino

Or the pelgrimage route Earlier I wrote about the history…
Thursday, 05 November 2015 11:15

Bar / Restaurante Cais da Praia

Modern restaurant, on the beach, for a great lunch or diner with a view to the Óbidos lagoon.

Published in Best restaurants
Saturday, 17 October 2015 14:38

São Martinho do Porto

Seaside resort at shellshaped bay

São Martinho do Porto is a friendly village overlooking a famous shell shaped bay with a very narrow entrance from the sea. Because of this the water in the bay is very calm, which makes it ideal for a day at the beach with young children.

Although the number of fishermen is decreasing, they still catch fish and shellfish on a daily basis, which is often sold directly to the restaurants at the bay.

Every year many tourists from Portugal as well as from abroad visit the bay to swim, surf, sail or canoe, or to enjoy the sun on the beach. At night they go for a stroll on the promenade before they have dinner in one of the many restaurants.

Across the bay is Salir do Porto. It has a beach with a famous sand dune of almost 49 meters high. The beach is located near the river Tornada that flows into the São Martinho bay.

It is very nice to walk along the bay. Starting at the port you can walk either on the street or on the beach. From restaurant O Farol there is a boardwalk that takes you through the dunes, and gives you a good view on the variety of flora in the dunes. The boardwalk takes you across the river into Salir do Porto.

From the viewpoint Miradouro do Cruzeiro you have a great view over the bay, São Martinho do Porto, and the area. On a clear day you can even see Peniche and Nazaré.

The market is open every Tuesday to Sunday, offering you a wide range of vegetables, fruit and fish.

www.visit-sao-martinho-do-porto.com

Published in Lovely towns
Saturday, 17 October 2015 13:58

Around Nazaré

Endless pine forests, quiet beaches and Roman excavations

North of Nazaré and Sítio you can explore endless pine forests and quiet beaches: Praia do Norte, Praia da Légua, Vale Furado. Some beaches are guarded in the summer season, so you can safely swim there when the sea behaves itself. On the other beaches swimming is prohibited, because of the steeply sloping sand banks and the strong undertow in the ocean. South of Nazaré there is another beach, the vast Praia do Salgado.

North and south of Nazaré and Sitio there are two marked hiking trails, that take you to beaches, forests and rocks.

On the east side, between Nazaré and Valado dos Frades, in the middle of the woods, you will find a lookout on Mount São Bartlomeu (S. Brás), from where you can see the whole area.

Along the road from Valado dos Frades to Alcobaça, you will find on your left the porcelain factory of SPAL. At the factory outlet you can buy Portuguese porcelain with decorations from very simple to very exuberant, all at reasonable prices.

On the right side of this road, at the village Bárrio, you can find the archaeological site Parreitas. Here are for instance the foundations of an ancient Roman villa.

 

Published in Nature and Culture