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

São Martinho do Porto

Seaside resort at shellshaped bay São Martinho do Porto is…

Santa Cruz beaches

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Sun space all around In the Torres Vedras there are…

Restaurante Granada

One of the best restaurants in São Martinho do Porto…

Golf

The best country to play golf Although it all started…

Watersports

Enjoy the Portuguese sea Surfing The Atlantic Ocean is ideal…

Horseriding

Exploring the area by horse For riding lessons or hacks…

Monastry Alcobaça

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

Restaurants in Batalha

Some nice and very good restaurants: from pizza to a…

Fátima

One of the larges pilgrimage places in the world. Whether…

Municipal museum of Batalha

Interactive museum offers you a historical journey The municipal museum…

Restaurante Royal Marina

Varied menu and great view As the name suggests, this…

Markets in the area

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

Restaurante Solar dos Amigos

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

Berlenga Islands

Islands close to Peniche are beautiful nature reserve The Berlengas…

Conímbriga

In Conímbriga one of the largest Roman settlements of Portugal…

Bowling

For that one rainy day In Caldas da Rainha there…

Óbidos lagoon

Beautiful lagoon invites you for some activities This vast and…

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…

Welcoming Stays

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

Active holidays

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

Worth-seeing

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

Casa Ceedina

Moderne Bed and Breakfast Tussen Lissabon en Porto staat Bed…

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…

Guesthouse Bem Vindo

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

Casas Fruta****

Spacious and luxurious holiday houses and swimming pool Casas Fruta…

Villa Limão holiday apartments

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

Casas Fruta

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

Quinta Antes o Vento

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

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…

Monks Work anno today

In 1385 work began on the construction of the monastery…
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

 

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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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