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

Wellness

New bathhouse offers 19th century wellness In the 19th century…

National Palace of Queluz

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Restaurante Mãe d'Água

This restaurant is close to  Buddha Eden, It has a…

Mountainbiking

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

Markets in the area

Weekly markets •    Sunday mornings Santana market near Benedita; and…

São Martinho do Porto

Seaside resort at shellshaped bay São Martinho do Porto is…

Monastry Batalha

The monastry Santa Maria de Vitória is Portuguese late gothic…

Sintra

Culturally very rich area where you can easily spend a…

Óbidos lagoon

Beautiful lagoon invites you for some activities This vast and…

Aljubarrota

Village with rich history In 1385 the battle of Aljubarrota…

Horseriding

Exploring the area by horse For riding lessons or hacks…

Nazaré

Probably the most well known coastal village of the Costa…

Tomar area

Aqueduct with 180 arches About 4 kilometers northwest of Tomar…

Glass museums

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

Restaurante Pangeia

Restaurant with panoramic view over Nazaré and the sea. Fresh…

Monastry Alcobaça

The history of the monastry, a lovestory The Real Abadia…

The beaches of São Pedro de Moel

in Beaches

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Berlenga Islands

Islands close to Peniche are beautiful nature reserve The Berlengas…

Silver Coast Blog

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Beaches

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Active holidays

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Worth-seeing

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Welcoming Stays

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Casa Ceedina

Moderne Bed and Breakfast Tussen Lissabon en Porto staat Bed…

Casas Fruta****

Spacious and luxurious holiday houses and swimming pool Casas Fruta…

Guesthouse Bem Vindo

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

Casa Boavista

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Quinta da Vida Serena

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Rota de Peregrino

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Foz do Arelho, pimped!

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Monday, 12 October 2015 14:30

Peniche

Peniche is full of history

The town of Peniche is located on a peninsula. In the Roman ages Peniche was still an island, but over the years coast and island grew together. In the 17th century Peniche was developed into one of the strongest Portuguese sea fortresses.

Near the harbour is the Fortaleza, a fort that was built in the 17th century to defend the harbour and the town. Through the ages the Fortaleza had many functions. During Salazar’s dictatorial regime the fort was an important state prison. Political opponents of the regime were locked up and tortured in the Fortaleza. Nowadays the town’s museum and the fishing museum are located in the building.

There is a lighthouse on the Cabo Carvoeiro, the most western point of the peninsula. On clear days you have a beautiful view on the Berlenga islands and the coast south of Peniche.

On the southcoast of the peninsula is the Gruta da Furninha, a cave that was inhabited since prehistory. It is therefore the most important prehistoric archeological site of Peniche. Many objects were found, today they are on display in several museums, like the town museum.

Churches

In Peniche you can visit a number of churches and chapels:
- Igreja de São Pedro, Peniches largest church, dates back to the 16th century
- Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Ajuda, an early 16th century church
- Capela de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, a pilgrimage church, there is a procession every 3rd Sunday of October
- Igreja da Misericórdia, an early 17th century church
- Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Conceição, a 17th century church

Every year, in the first weekend of August, Peniche celebrates the Festa de Nossa Senhora de Boa Viagem, the feast of our lady of the good voyage.

From the harbour of Peniche you can take the boat to the Berlenga islands.

Surfing/beaches

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. Just click on the names for more information.

Published in Lovely towns
Monday, 08 June 2015 19:22

Figueira da Foz

One of Portugal's major seaside resorts

Figueira da Foz is a lively and cosmopolitan seaside resort at the mouth of the Mondego River, it’s main asset is its wide and extensive sandy beach.

The beach is many kilometers long, and hundreds of meters wide. It stretches from the mouth of the Mondego to the fishing village Buarcos. Next to Buarcos is the Cabo Mondego, a limestone rock with lighthouse, quarries and browncoal mines.

Northwest of Cabo Mondego is the Serra da Boa Viagem. From the highest point, the Alto da Bandeira (258 meters) you have a fantastic view.

Every year, in the night 23 to 24 June, there is street party in the honor of São João, with parades, fireworks and folk dances.

In the Bairro Novo (new district) there are many hotels, restaurants, discos and a casino. Every year in September there is a film festival in Bairro Novo.

Some of the attractions in Figueira da Foz:
Igreja do Antigo Convento de Santo António (church of the old Santo António convent)
Capela de Santa Catarina (saint Catarina chapel)
Museu Municipal Santos Rocha (municipal museum Santos Rocha). On exhibition are findings from the stone age and the roman period, colonial art, ceramics, carpets, and contemporary art
Igreja Matriz de São Julião (mother church of São Julião)
Mercado Municipal Engenheiro Silva (municipal market halls)

Published in Lovely towns
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 20:47

Santa Cruz beaches

Sun space all around

In the Torres Vedras there are several beaches, like Praia Azul, Santa Rita and Santa Cruz. On this page you can find more information.

 

Published in Beaches
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:11

São Martinho do Porto's bay

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 everyone. That's why in summer this beach is also known as Praia das Crianças: children's beach.

You may find difficulties parking your car at São Martinho do Porto during summer holiday, but in the rest of the year that's no problem at all.

All facilities are there. During the summer months you can rent a beach tent, and there is a small children's playground. Highly recommended is the 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.
 

Published in Beaches
Monday, 13 April 2015 11:24

Peniche's (surf) 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. Just click on the names for more information.

Published in Beaches