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

To See and Experience at the Silver Coast

Fátima

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

Restaurante Mãe d'Água

This restaurant is close to  Buddha Eden, It has a…

Mountainbiking

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

Hiking

Discover the Silver Coast by foot OESTE, or the west,…

Leiria

Stunning city with castle in the valley of the river…

Interpretation centre Aljubarrota

Hypermodern museum on bloody battle In São Jorge (between Aljubarrota…

Horseriding

Exploring the area by horse For riding lessons or hacks…

Ginja de Óbidos

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

Serra d’Aire e Candeeiros

Rugged landscape offers many hiking possibilities In the inland of…

Golf

The best country to play golf Although it all started…

Portugal dos Pequenitos

In Coimbra you can visit Portugal dos Pequenitos, or Portugal…

Restaurante Marina-Bar

Nice restaurant, in Nazaré's marina The menu is extensive (fish,…

Santana market

Strolling on authentic regional market makes you hungry The Mercado…

Telhados de Agua

Water feature When it rains the water is cascading over…

Nazaré

Probably the most well known coastal village of the Costa…

Restaurante O Cabeço

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

Buddha Eden, Garden of Peace

Remarkable garden is place for reconciliation The Buddha Eden Garden…

Accommodations at the Silver Coast

Farm Holidays Silver Coast

Back to Nature Our old organic vineyard is situated in…

Guesthouse Bem Vindo

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

Residence Casa Eme

Apartment with superb roof terrace New 2 bedroom apartment Residence…

Villa Limão holiday apartments

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

Quinta da Vida Serena

Authentic Portuguese farmhouse Welcome to our restored, rustic, authentic Portuguese…

Casa Ceedina

Moderne Bed and Breakfast Tussen Lissabon en Porto staat Bed…

Quinta Vale da Palha

Relaxing atmosphere in a green valley In Vale da Palha…

Casa do Alivio

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

Blog about the Silver Coast

The discovery of the Costa de Prata

A personal story

When we drove back to The Netherlands after our holidays in the Algarve in 2001, we were absolutely sure. We were not going to live in the Algarve, nor were we going to buy a house south of Lisbon.

We did not really like the landscape. Of course, the sea is marvellous, always and everywhere, but the countryside consists of huge plains, dry oliveyards and extensive pine forests. Beautiful, but not for us.

So we drove home and perhaps we might still have lived in Holland, but for the fact that some hundred kilometers north of Lisbon, we drove through a beautiful, green landscape.

Hilly, grassy, forests interspersed with orchards. In the distance the blue-grey mountains of the Serra dos Candeeiros. But I was not really interested in them at the time...

A cup of tea

The landscape awakened something inside of me. So I said to Loek (my husband): ‘If there is a nice town in the neighbourhood with a nice terrace, where I can drink a cup of tea on a Fridaymorning, then I would like to look around here. That’s why we drove into Caldas da Rainha and in the middle of the town we found ourselves in a beautiful park from the 17th century. Parque Dom Carlos I. And yes, there is a terrace.

What in heaven's name can you do within one week?

Caldas da Rainha is situated in the Costa de Prata, something I realised much later. The region we chose to live in has many more things than we realised in the beginning. Maybe you have to live here to know this. There is so much to see, to experience and to enjoy here, that we secretly laugh when people rent one of our apartments for one week. I always have the tendency to cry out: 'What can you do in one week, for heaven’s sake!' But of course I don’t do that, instead I bombard people with tips and ideas (if they want to listen to me of course.)

Yes, I dare maintain that, even when it rains, The Costa de Prata is beautiful and if you want to there is a lot to see and to experience. One of the highlights is the old monastery in Alcobaça: Mosteiro de Santa Maria. It is true, the Abbey is described in all the tourist-guides, but there is so much more to discover in the Abbey and in the Costa de Prata.