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

Pia do Urso Sensory Eco-Park

Experience magical sensations! Nature is the keyword in the Pia…

Óbidos lagoon

Beautiful lagoon invites you for some activities This vast and…

Coimbra

The most important university city in Portugal Started as a…

Excursions

Enjoy an organised activity Adventure By You offers all kinds…

Restaurante Pangeia

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

São Martinho do Porto

Seaside resort at shellshaped bay São Martinho do Porto is…

Mountainbiking

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

Monastry Batalha

The monastry Santa Maria de Vitória is Portuguese late gothic…

Ginja de Óbidos

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

Around Nazaré

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

Sítio

Funicular takes you up A funicular takes you from downtown…

Origins of the Templars monastry

Arise of the Castelo dos Templários and Convento de Cristo…

Restaurante O Cabeço

Cosy restaurant high above Alcobaça. Great location, cosy restaurant, friendly…

Fado

Portugues sentimental song full of melancholy Fado is the most…

Restaurante Royal Marina

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

Praia do Salgado

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Caldas da Rainha

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

Horseriding

Exploring the area by horse For riding lessons or hacks…

Welcoming Stays

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

Silver Coast Blog

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Active holidays

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Beaches

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Worth-seeing

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Farm Holidays Silver Coast

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Guesthouse Bem Vindo

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

Casa Boavista

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

Quinta Antes o Vento

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

Casa do Alivio

Modern villa (2014) Nadadouro near Lagoa do Obidos and Foz…

Villa Limão holiday apartments

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Residence Casa Eme

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Rota de Peregrino

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Monks Work anno today

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Sunday, 11 October 2015 14:40

Óbidos

Picturesque fortified town continues to fascinate

West of Caldas da Rainha, is the town of Óbidos. Óbidos is a fortified town located on top of a hill, and still encircled by high walls. Once the town was surrounded by sea, so it was of strategic importance, which explains the high location and high walls.
Dom Dinis gave the town of Óbidos to his wife Isabela as a wedding gift. Together they spent their honeymoon in Óbidos. For ages Óbidos was the wedding gift for every new Portuguese queen.

The whole of the town of Óbidos is declared as a monument. It has many streets, alleys, squares, white houses, shops, and restaurants. The walls are still completely intact, so you can walk all around the village.

Just before the entrance you can find the Tourism office, here you can get your own copy of the Óbidos map and lots of other information.

The Castelo

The Castelo is very old. During the earthquake of 1755 it was heavily damaged. In the 20th century the ruins were reconstructed. After te reconstruction the castle became Portugal’s first poussada in a historic building. Unfortunately it is not open for the public, only for hotel guests.

Published in Lovely towns
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
Sunday, 04 October 2015 11:29

Interpretation centre Aljubarrota

Hypermodern museum on bloody battle

In São Jorge (between Aljubarrota and Batalha) you can find the Battle of Aljubarrota Interpretation Centre, one of the most modern museums of Europe. By using advanced media it takes visitors back to the year 1385. There is an exhibition, an educational area, but also a shop, restaurant and picknick garden. And what about the “medieval machines activity park” with games and wooden machines which can be activated by visitors. A fun day out!

www.fundacao-aljubarrota.pt

Published in Special museums
Sunday, 14 June 2015 11:41

Glass museums

Marinha Grande: The glass centre of the region

Apart from the glass museum Museo do Vidro in the former residence of Stephens, where glass-ware of the 17th to the 20th century is on display, there are 2 more museums about the glass industry.

  • Museu Santos Barosa: Santos Barosa is the oldest glass factory of Portugal, and it's still in operation. There is also a museum at the factory, the collection shows how glass was made and used through the ages.

 

  • The Joaquim Correia museum is the former residence of one of the The Joaquim Correia museum is the former residence of one of the most prominent families of Marinha Grande. The house dates back from 19th century. and houses the artistic legacy of Joaquim Correia. He was born in 1920 into a family of glassblowers. He studied sculpting, first in Porto and later in Lisbon. He was a student of renowned artists such as Simões de Almeida (cousin), Francisco Franca, Barata Feyo and António Duarte.
Published in Special museums
Monday, 08 June 2015 19:24

Municipal museum of Batalha

Interactive museum offers you a historical journey

The municipal museum of Batalha was opened in 2011. It was founded to support the cultural heritage of the village. The museum has some interactive features, and takes you on a journey through the past to the present.

In the historical archives you can also see the excavations of the Roman city of Collipo, that once was built in the Batalha area.

www.museubatalha.com

Published in Special museums
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 20:00

Dinosaurs

Back from the Past

In February 2018 the Dino Parque is opened, a large park near Lourinhã where you can see many dinosaurs in full size.

www.dinoparque.pt

 

At Bairro (between Fátima and Torres Novas) you can see a trail (almost 150 meters long) of dinosaur footprints, called the Pedreira do Galinha. The footprints date back 175 million years. You can see all of the excavation from the footpath along the trail.

www.pegadasdedinossaurios.org
 

Dinosaur museum

In Lourinhã you can visit the Museu da Lourinhã, where you can see fossilised bones, footprints, eggs and even embryos from Jurassic dinosaurs.

www.museulourinha.org

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