Not yet spoiled by mass tourism

Not yet spoiled by mass tourism

You'll find here what the Algarve is missing

You'll find here what the Algarve is missing

The beach resorts are still authentic

The beach resorts are still authentic

You can reach it from Lisbon in no-time

You can reach it from Lisbon in no-time

The weather is nice, all year round

The weather is nice, all year round

Costa de Prata

For the holidaymaker who is attempting a sportive activity: Hiking the Mata do Cerejal

The start and the end of this hike in Central Portugal is located in São Mateus and the chapels of Our Lady of Alcanades, about 15 minutes drive from the center of Batalha.

The hike goes through 'forest Cherry Orchard', a wooded area with narrow paths and many different plant species. The route is quite varied and offers beautiful views and is mentioned along the old mouth of the coalmine, Os Polvarinhos. Here was once stored the gunpowder which is used for mining. The tour passes a quarry where several employees daily the big stone blocks cut into various sizes ranging from small to large stones. And no, it does not involve any machine, even just craftsmanship.

For this walk requires good shoes and a reasonable condition but accessible to everyone. Nice touch is that the route is well indicated. The construction of the new road the IC9 makes the route extended from 6.5 km to 9 km. The duration of the tour is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.

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.

 

The Silver Coast is a fantastic area for hiking. On this web site already more than 100 routes are listed.

Please select a place in the menu on the left and click on the route for details.

Information submitted by John Miller and Lies Vermoesen.

20 Tips to See and Do at the Silver Coast


Suniest Beaches

  • Nazaré beach
    Nazaré beach Best known seaside resort of the Costa de Prata The main beach of Nazaré lies behind a high cliff, on which Sítio is situated. Because…
  • Praia do Salgado
    Praia do Salgado Tranquil beach Salgado beach is a vast beach located between São Martinho do Porto and Nazaré. Usually the sea is fairly rough, and the beach…
  • The beaches of São Pedro de Moel
    The beaches of São Pedro de Moel Versatile seaside resort close to Leiria São Pedro de Moel is a small sea resort, at about 20 kilometers from Leiria. The Portuguese people like…
  • Santa Cruz beaches
    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…

Most Beautiful Places

  • Sintra
    Sintra Culturally very rich area where you can easily spend a whole day On the 'edge' of the Costa de Prata you can find one of…
  • Palace of Mafra
    Palace of Mafra Palace is baroque heart of Mafra In Mafra you can visit the Palacio Nacional de Mafra, a beatiful palace and monastry. João V demanded the…
  • Origins of the Templars monastry
    Origins of the Templars monastry Arise of the Castelo dos Templários and Convento de Cristo After the conquest of the region from the Moors in the Portuguese Reconquista, the land…
  • Marinhas de Sal de Rio Maior
    Marinhas de Sal de Rio Maior Artisanal salt production from underground source The Salinas, or salt pans, are 3 kilometers from Rio Maior, ate the base of the Serras de Aire…

Popular Activities

  • Spotting Dolphins
    Spotting Dolphins Observe dolphins with your own eyes Both from Nazaré as from Peniche, boat trips are organised to see the dolphins.  There are several agents. Such…
  • Escape rooms
    Escape rooms Escape rooms Popular all over the world! Also on the Costa de Prata you can enjoy the mysteries of an escape room. At the moment…
  • Mountainbiking
    Mountainbiking Centro de BTT Portugal's first official mountainbike centre, the Centro de BTT, is located in the naturepark Serra d'Aire e Candeeiros. There are 7 routes…
  • Horseriding
    Horseriding Exploring the area by horse For riding lessons or hacks you can contact: - CEIA (Centro Equestre Internacional de Alfeizerão) - Centro Hípico de Alcaria,…

Nicest Towns

  • Sítio
    Sítio Funicular takes you up A funicular takes you from downtown Nazaré up to Sítio, the higher part of Nazaré. On the large square next to…
  • São Martinho do Porto
    São Martinho do Porto Friendly village at a beautiful and calm bay São Martinho do Porto is a friendly village overlooking a famous shell shaped bay with a very…
  • Óbidos
    Óbidos Picturesque fortified town continues to fascinate South of Caldas da Rainha, is the town of Óbidos. Óbidos is a fortified town located on top of…
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  • Nazaré
    Nazaré Probably the most well known coastal village of the Costa de Prata Originally Nazaré was a fishing village. Not so very long ago the fishermen…

Best Restaurants

  • Restaurante Granada
    Restaurante Granada One of the best restaurants in São Martinho do Porto and region Regularly changing menu and lovely views.
  • Restaurante O Cabeço
    Restaurante O Cabeço Cosy restaurant high above Alcobaça. Great location, cosy restaurant, friendly staff. And the food is amazing!The restaurant is quite popular, so it's a good idea to book a table.
  • Restaurante Pangeia
    Restaurante Pangeia Restaurant with panoramic view over Nazaré and the sea. Fresh fish as well as good meat dishes, served in a beautiful restaurant on a great location.The restaurant's speciality is octopus, there are several lovely starters and main courses with octopus on the menu.
  • Restaurante Sabores d’Italia
    Restaurante Sabores d’Italia Excellent Italian restaurant, superb dishes and great staff This restaurant is officially the best restaurant in the area.
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