Portugal’s Silver Coast
Just an hour north of Lisbon the Silver Coast, Portugal’s Costa de Prata, is worlds away from the stress and rush of modern life. The pace is relaxed and unhurried, whether you’re beachcombing beside the Atlantic Ocean, exploring the leafy green lanes of the interior or sipping coffee at a waterfront café. The Silver Coast is one of the treasures of Portugal, a place which offers everything you would expect from a holiday – except for the crowds. There are glorious beaches, miles of open countryside, warm and hospitable people, and fascinating monuments and towns where it is possible to step back in time and explore a Portugal from the distant past.
ON THE COSTA DE PRATA:
- Historic towns and villages where the past and the present exist comfortably together.
- Miles of stunning beaches with some of the best views to be had anywhere.
- Lively, colourful markets selling everything from produce brought fresh from the fields to essentials like saddles and spades.
- Traditional cafés and restaurants where the food and wine is hearty, delicious and inexpensive.
- Wide open countryside for walking, exploring or simply losing yourself in.
Mysteries of Fatima
On a spring morning almost 100 years ago three young children came home from tending sheep in the hills above Fatima, inland from the Silver Coast, with a story that would change their lives and their village forever. Their story of an apparition of a lady in white appearing to them and delivering a message from God is one of controversy, mystery, intrigue and, for the faithful who visit in their millions, profound revelation. ⇒ Read the full story of Fatima – the mystery, apparitions, revelations and the extraordinary miracle of the sun.
From the 90-foot monsters of Nazaré’s North Canyon to the perfect tubes of Supertubos there are waves to be had most days of the year on the Costa de Prata. Europe’s premier surf destination
is as much at home playing host to the
world’s professional circuit as it is providing safe beaches for learners.
Breathtaking views, great weather all year and some of the best courses in Europe.
- Stepping back in time along the winding lanes of the medieval walled city of Óbidos, one of the seven wonders of Portugal.
- Walking the endless sands of the Costa de Prata between Peniche and Baleal.
- Exploring the stunning architecture of the monastery at Alcobaça, another of the country’s seven wonders.
- Following an underground river through the spectacular caves of Mira de Aire.
- Sailing or canoeing across the tranquil waters of the lagoon at Foz do Arelho.
Getting there from Lisbon
By car: For places near Caldas da Rainha follow signs for the A8 Oeste. For north of Leiria take the A1 Norde.
By bus: Take a taxi or the Metro (longer but cheaper than the €10 plus charged by taxis) to Sete Rios bus station. The bus service is fast and regular. A bus ride to Caldas da Rainha (1 hour) will cost just under €9, to Leiria (2 hours) under €13.
By train: Not recommended unless you have time to kill. The journey takes around three hours. The views of the Costa de Prata, however, are sure to be lovely.
SILVER COAST WINES
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