Silver Coast Info
The Silver Coast of Portugal offers something for everybody. From the stunning beaches that line the shores all along the coast, to the historical towns and architecture that seem boundless, the outdoor sports opportunities, the peace and beauty of the surrounding countryside, to the hustle and bustle of the beautiful and busy towns and villages.
Being within an hour of Lisbon and its international airport make the Silver Coast one of the most sought after areas in Portugal. The other reasons people choose to settle in this area is due to the friendly and helpful people everywhere you go, not to mention the delicious food, cafe culture, abundance of places to visit and events that go on throughout the year.
THE TOWNS AND VILLAGES OF THE SILVER COAST
There is always something going on up and down the coast. Most towns and villages have weekly markets where you can source some beautiful items ranging from;
- local delicious cheeses
- plants for your garden
- personalized Azulejo (tiles) for your home
- wonderful local breads
- handmade furniture
- beautiful functional pottery and other ceramic items.
There are some truly beautiful towns; from the hustle and bustle of Lisbon to the historical and stunning town of Obidos. There are a number of festivals in Obidos during the year including;
the Chocolate Festival
Medieval Festival where you can hire costumes and immerse yourself in the atmosphere.
a fabulous Christmas festival every year.
The towns of Torres Vedras, Lourinha and Peniche are only half an hour outside of Lisbon.
There is a plethora of activities to be found here including;
Lourinha is the dinosaur capital of Portugal and you will able to see dinosaur footprints and visit the dinosaur museum.
Further north is Alcobaca where you will find the world famous Monastery.
Caldas da Rainha is a diverse town filled with great shopping opportunities, history, architecture and a beautiful central park where you can enjoy an area that has been left quite natural and another that is landscaped and filled with beautiful flora.
Nazare is famous for it’s fabulous surf and surfboarding opportunities and of course is where Garrett McNamara surfed the 100ft wave that gave him the world record.
A little further inland you will find a diverse range of towns including;
- Rio Maior
- Marinha Grande
and a seemingly never ending abundance of beautiful villages and whitewashed villas set against the surrounding countryside.
THE BEACHES OF THE SILVER COAST
The stunning beaches of the Silver Coast are endless. Beautiful soft golden sand with the ocean lapping gently. Many of the beaches are blue flag so safe for the family and the environment.
There are too many beaches to mention but those of note are;
- Santa Cruz
- Baleal (one of the popular surfing beaches here)
- Foz do Arelho
- Sao Martinho do Porto
Most beaches have toilet facilities and cafes within a short stroll, parking or in many cases a park and ride. During the summer months and tourist season the beaches have lifeguards and these areas are clearly marked.
FOOD AND WINE
The seafood on the coast is abundant, fresh and delicious. There are many speciality fish restaurants. The larger towns have daily fish markets where you can select fresh fish and nearly all villages have a fish van that visits once a day (usually about lunchtime) where you can also buy fresh fish – listen for the blaring horn. The horn blasting in the morning is the fresh bread van and at lunch the fish van.
Pork and chicken are also very very popular dishes here and can be ordered almost anywhere. Meals are generous and usually come with rice and fries no matter what you order. There will be olives, bread and cheese, perhaps ham, on your table when you arrive – these are not free and if you eat them you will be charged. The cost is minimal and eating out in Portugal is very reasonable.
Wine is again consumed in vast quantities and enjoyed by all. The wine is very inexpensive in Portugal and even bottles of wine costing less than 2€ are very pleasant.
There are many local vineyards where you can taste the wines and buy a bottle to take home.
- Prais d’el Rey
- Bom Sucesso
- The Royal Obidos.
SAILING AND SURFING
There are a lot of opportunities to sail and surf all the way up and down the Silver Coast.
The Obidos Lagoon is a great destination for safe water sports where you can sail, wind surf and swim. There is a sailing/yacht club on the lagoon at Foz do Arelho. Amateurs and more experienced individuals are catered to here where you can rent boats and equipment and where you can enrol in a number of related courses.
They offer courses in;
There is also a sailing club/Marina at Sao Martinho where you can take a variety of lessons and have access to all equipment necessary.
Obviously with the mild climate here on the coast, beautiful sunshine, blue skies and generally favourable weather conditions there are opportunities for all manner of water sports.
Also along the Silver Coast is the opportunity to explore either by foot or by bicycle the stunning countryside all around the coast and further inland. There are a number of operators in the area that can arrange activities geared to individual tastes and these can be from guided to self guided tours. Again equipment is available to rent in a number of areas.
THE SILVER COAST IN SUMMARY
Wherever you go on the Silver Coast, whether you are looking for;
- somewhere to shop
- sip a coffee
- enjoy the culture
or find a quiet place to just chill out and relax and watch the world go by – the Silver Coast has it all, in one of the friendliest most pleasant environments in Europe. A wonderful place to live, relax and enjoy.
We look forward to welcoming you to Portugal.
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