Places to Visit on the Silver Coast
There are so many great places to explore and visit on the Silver Coast. From the historic medieval castle town of Obidos to the palace at Sintra or the surfing beach at Baleal, there realy is something for everyone to enjoy. We have listed below a selection of our favourite places. If there's somewhere you've heard of that we haven't please let us know!
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Obidos Medieval Town
Obidos is the pride of the region, a fantastically preserved medieval portuguese town. The whole town, which has been classified as a National Monument, was traditionally the gift of the Kings of Portugal to their Queens. Obidos is known as the 'Wedding City' and was the traditional bridal gift of the Kings of Portugal to their Queens. The custom began in 1282 started by Dom Dinis and Dona Isabel and the town has changed little since.
Its very small and completely enclosed by the medieval walls, the streets are cobbled and lined with classic architectural white washed houses, with delightful floral displays of window boxes along the narrow streets. The exhilarating walk along the towns walls (not for the faint hearted) offers blinding views of the lagoon and surrounding picturesque countryside. The most striking building in the town is Dom Dinis's Castelo which has been converted to a wonderful Pousada.
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Peniche Fishing Town
Fish! Fish! Fish! The town is most famous locally for its numerous fish restaurants, local specialties being Roballo (Sea Bass) Sardine and shellfish.
This quaint fishing port of Peniche lies in the shelter of a great headland on Portugal's rugged Atlantic coast. Peniche is known for its long windy beaches, and along with neighbouring Baleal is the base for many recreational activities and water sports such as surfing, windsurfing or kite surfing. The area has mass surf following due to the exceptional conditions, with very fast and powerful (tubular) waves, some of the best in Europe; some call it the "European Pipeline". Widely recognised as the best and most consistent surf sport in Portugal, the peninsula of Peniche offers a north and south-facing coastline. The result is finest surfing conditions everyday regardless of the swell and wind direction.
At the edge of town on the waterfront, stands a 16th-century Fortaleza (fort), used as a prison during the repressive Salazar regime. It now contains a museum of local archaeology and crafts, incorporating former cells, solitary chambers and the visitors' grilles. Strewn with grottoes and coves, the Berlenga Islands are an hour's journey by boat from Peniche. Berlenga Grande, the largest of the group, is a nature reserve with nesting sites for seabirds. During summer, the islands can be visited taking a ferryboat from Peniche.
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Caldas Da Rainha
The name towns name can be translated as "Queen's Spa”. Caldas da Rainha was founded by Queen Leonor, wife of King João II. in 1484. The name originated from when the queen came across a group of peasants bathing in foul-smelling waters by the roadside; taken back the queen enquired as to what they were doing, they claimed that the muddy waters contained great healing powers. Out of curiosity Queen Leonor decided to try it for herself, and she too became a believer in the cure. As a result of her beliefs in the therapy she founded a thermal hospital on the site, which is still standing to date and happens to be the oldest thermal hospital in the world.
Caldas is a vibrant market town. Any visit to Caldas must include a taste of real Portuguese culture by wandering through the market stalls. Fresh baked bread, lush ripe fruit, blossoming flowers and sea food is a taste of some of the fresh local produce that can found in the market place; (along with several interesting items that you certainly wouldn’t see at home). The town itself and the surrounding region is potty about Ceramics (no pun intended!) with ranges of pretty ornamental pieces, as well as a ceramics museum.
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Foz do Arelho
Foz Do Arelho is located 8 km west of Caldas da Rainha, set in beautiful surroundings of Obidos Lagoon and the sea. This seaside resort is a much loved tourist location, which in the height of summer is a magnet for sun seekers and beach lovers. The sea front bars offer stunning picture perfect views across the ocean and the lagoon, providing a therapeutic and relaxed environment (catching the sun set is spectacular).
The town, as with most of this Atlantic coastline stretch, is well known for its water sports; If the lagoon is too quiet for you, and surfing is more your thing, just go along to the lagoon entrance where you will find eager and normally very good surfers!
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Originally a fishing village Cascais gained reputation as a resort for Portugal's royal family in the late 1800s. It is a cosmopolitan suburb of the Portuguese capital and one of the richest municipalities in Portugal. Cascais offers a taste of Lisbon without the intricate navigations of an international city. For those who prefer to stay outside of the city yet however enjoy an urban and sophisticated environment Cascais is ideal, offering certain aspects of the jet-set lifestyle from fashionable boutiques and shopping centres to lavish restaurants and cafes. The town is also able to boast the famous Casino of Estoril as being the largest in Europe.
Cascais situated on the magnificent coastline also includes a large yacht harbour, and several small sand beaches. It has the ruins of a castle, an art and sea museum as well as parks and the charming cobbled streets of the historic centre.
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Close to the heart of Portugal, the fairy-tale setting of Sintra is one of the oldest places in Portugal. Occupied by the Romans until 5 AD, it has been repeatedly praised by poets over the centuries, including Lord Byron who described it as a 'glorious Eden'. The town's landscape is lush with surrounding green forests, exotic flowers and elaborate palaces built centuries ago as summer retreats for the royal family. When the Christian Crusaders captured it in 1147, they fought bitterly against the Moors firmly entrenched in their imposing castle, the ruins of which remain today.
There are several key attractions to explore in Sintra. On the main square is the National Palace (Palácio Nacional de Sintra), begun in the late 14th century and most distinguished for its tall, conical chimneys, Manueline windows, 16th- and 17th-century tiles and grand chambers such as the Swans Room with its magnificent ceiling divided into octagonal panels decorated with swans. Perched on a mountain top overlooking Sintra, the Palácio da Pena is a rich mix of Renaissance, Baroque, Moorish, Gothic and Manueline styles. With its impressive drawbridge, towers, battlements and daintily-furnished royal chambers, the palace remains much as it was when Queen Amelia lived there at the beginning of last century. The Castelo dos Mouros (Moorish castle) on the opposite hill dates from the 7th century. Founded in 1560 by the Viceroy of India, João de Castro, the remotely-situated Capuchos Convent hidden away in another part of the mountain consists of a dozen cork-lined cells cut out of the rock.
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The heart of the city is the Baixa or city centre; this area of the city is being considered for World Heritage Site status. The Baixa is organised in a grid system and a network of squares built after the 1755 Lisbon earthquake, which levelled a big part of the medieval town. Other monuments include: The Castle of São Jorge, atop the tallest hill of the central city, Praça do Comércio (Commerce Square) with the beautiful façade of the Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição Velha nearby, Rossio Square, Restauradores Square, Elevador de Santa Justa,
The city of Lisbon is rich in architecture; Romanesque, Gothic, Manueline, Baroque, Traditional Portuguese, Modern and Post-Modern constructions can be found all over the city. The city is also crossed by great boulevards and monuments along these main thoroughfares; notable among these are the Avenida da Liberdade, Avenida Fontes Pereira de Mello, Avenida Almirante Reis and Avenida da República.
Parque Eduardo VII is the largest park located in the centre of the city, prolonging the main avenue (Avenida da Liberdade). Named after Edward VII of England who visited it when it was inaugurated, it includes a large variety of plants in a large winter garden (Estufa Fria). If you are looking for one of the most happening scenes in Lisbon for nightlife head for the Bairro Alto which is transformed in the evening into a vibrant area of chic restaurants and lively bars and clubs.
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