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

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 there are 3 in the region, surely there will be more in the future.
There is an escape room in:
– Óbidos – Escape Tower
– Lourinhã – Enigma Box
– Leiria – Great Escape Rooms
Fun entertainment for family or a group of friends. Find hidden objects, collect the clues, solve the puzzles, and find the solution within 60 minutes. Have fun!

In addition to all culture and beautiful beaches, Central Portugal appears to be a paradise for cyclists

Sister Marian and brother Frans explored this year the area by bike. Of course you need a bit of condition and the right equipment to do fine in this hilly area. As they  say: "A good decision because with a full breakfast there is enough energy to start the journey with confidence." They are experienced bikers, several times they cycled from the Netherlands to southern France, and Germany to Prague. Say, the sports branch of the family.

Stunning city with castle in the valley of the river Lis

On top of a hill, in the centre of Leiria, you can find the remains of the Castelo the Leiria. It was built around 1135, and in the 16th century it was transformed into a renaissance palace. Parts of the castle were renovated in the 20th century.

It is one of the most beautiful castles in Portugal. It is even part of the country’s coat-of-arms.

The historic city centre of Leiria spreads between the castle hill and the river Lis.

Other sites in the city are:

  • The Sé cathedral, renaissance style
  • Museu do Seminário (seminary’s museum): exhibition of old azulejos (Portuguese tiles), wood carvings, sculptures, and 16th century paintings
  • Igreja da Misericórdia
  • Nossa Senhora da Encarnação: pilgrims church
  • Igreja do Espirito Santo
  • Moinho do Papel do Lis: an old paper mill with a museum about the craft of making paper
  • Museu de Imagem e Movimento MIMO: museum of image and movement
  • Jardim de Luis de Camões (garden)

 

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 to spend time on the beaches of this village. Also boardsurfers like come here and wait in the sea for the best waves to ride. On the sandy beach you can have a nice walk and enjoy the waves that break on the rocks around the village.

It's a picturesque village with great restaurants. On the highest rock you see the Penedo da Saudade lighthouse. The route to São Pedro de Moel takes you through the Pinhal de Leiria, a pine forest where in the last century resin was harvested.

Points of interest are Praia Velha, Praia da Concha, the Penedo da Saudade lighthouse and the Ribeira de Moel river north of the village. There are several parks in the pine forests. There is a beautiful walk through the area, it's about 7 kilometres long and takes you along sea, beaches, forest, parks, fountains and streams.

 

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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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