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

Around Nazaré

Endless pine forests, quiet beaches and Roman excavations North of…

Telhados de Agua

Water feature When it rains the water is cascading over…

Glass museums

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

Ginja de Óbidos

Ginja, liqueur with ancient history Óbidos is a major attraction…

Lisbon

Many special ways to discover Lisbon There are many travel…

Óbidos lagoon

Beautiful lagoon invites you for some activities This vast and…

Restaurante Solar dos Amigos

A traditional Portuguese restaurant, with large open fire for cooking…

Grutas da Moeda

The caves of the fox The Grutas da Moeda are…

Cycling

Lots of cycling possibilities Although the Portuguese are not very…

Gokarting

Go karting Do you want to do some laps on…

Scubadiving

Experience the underwater world of the Costa de Prata In…

Wellness

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

Markets in the area

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

Restaurante Pangeia

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

Sítio

Funicular takes you up A funicular takes you from downtown…

Caldas da Rainha

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

The beaches of São Pedro de Moel

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Versatile seaside resort close to Leiria São Pedro de Moel…

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…

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…

Welcoming Stays

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

Casas Fruta****

Spacious and luxurious holiday houses and swimming pool Casas Fruta…

Casa Boavista

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

Quinta da Vida Serena

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

Casa Ceedina

Moderne Bed and Breakfast Tussen Lissabon en Porto staat Bed…
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.

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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
Thursday, 05 November 2015 11:21

Restaurante Adega do Albertino

A very good and cosy Portuguese restaurant, that has won a number of awards already.

Tip: order a 'meio dose' for your main course, because the starters are enormous!

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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
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.

City Guide

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

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