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

Enjoy the Portuguese sea

Surfing

The Atlantic Ocean is ideal for surfing. Some of the most popular surf beaches are at Nazaré, Baleal and Peniche.

You can rent your gear and/or book some lessons at Peniche Surf Camp, Nazaré Surf School, and others.

For (kite)surfing you can also go to Peniche Kitecenter, and the Escola da Vela in Nadadouro.

Sailing

Both the São Martinho do Porto bay as the Óbidos lagoon are excellent locations for sailing, (kite) surfing, canoeing, etc. You can rent the equipment and take lessons.

For instance, check the Escola de Vela da da Lagoa (sailing school) for possibilities at the Óbidos lagoon, not far from Foz do Arelho, for sailing, canoeing, waterskiing, and windsurfing.

The São Martinho Nautical Club offers sailing and windsurfing lessons.

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 of this, there is less wind at this beach. In high season you can rent one o the typical beach cabins to store your things and sit in the shade. Nazaré is especially popular with the Portuguese themselves, who come here to spend their weekends and summer holidays.

The wide beach with fine sand, is big enough for everyone. In the summer months, various activities are organized on the beach, especially for kids.

If you find this beach too crowded in summer, there are more quiet alternatives: more south close to the harbour, or north of Sítio, like Praia do Norte.

World record wave surfing

The beach of Nazaré is long and wide, ideal for a day at the beach. But beware: the sea can be very rough!

And that's exactly the reason why this is an ideal location for surfing championships.

The American surfer Garrett McNamara rode a monster wave in January 2013 at Praia do Norte, and that was a new world record: the wave he rode was 30 meters high!

 

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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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