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Portugal's Silver Coast, or "Costa de Prata" is a spectacular stretch of coastal ancient towns, breathtaking beaches, and rugged coastline, hugging the Atlantic Ocean, on Portugal's western side. By many expats, this is one of the most desirable places to live in Portugal, together with Lisbon and Algarve. The region remains largely unknown and therefore untouched by tourism, which means that visitors can bask in the extraordinary sand of "silver." Clean beaches, water sports activities and world-class golf courses make this a popular destination to be explored by holidaymakers.
The silver coast is wilder and untouched, with far less development than the crowded southern Algarve. It is also a popular destination for surfers, and beaches such as Peniche and Nazaré are always busy with tourists from northern Europe.
Living by the beach is good and even better in São Martinho do Porto. Just one hour north of Lisbon and close by some of Portugal’s best waves, beaches and golf courses, Bay Shore is the luxury oceanfront development that is capturing the attention of those who seek a nice place to live by the sea, those who dream of a second home at the beach and also investors looking forward to a great opportunity!
Located on the west coast of Portugal, the capital of Lisbon offers the perfect lifestyle for anyone looking to live in a city but to also experience the relaxation of spending a day at the beach. This historic city offers plenty to see and do, some of the top restaurants and bars in Europe and so much more! Lisbon is easily accessible by air (Lisbon Portela Airport), train and car from all major cities in and around Europe.
The region of Tavira is eastern Algarve’s jewel! The city boasts a rich past, interesting tourist attractions, and beautiful sandy beaches. Tavira is a perfect holiday destination and just as pleasant as the surrounding lively cities. Tavira has a beautiful historic background as it was once an important Moorish trading town and later became a major port, in the 14th century. Along the historic sights, there are plenty of riverside walks, lively streets full of restaurants and cafes and splendid plazas.
Located on the coast, about 36 kilometres west of Faro, Albufeira is synonymous with tourism and features some of southern Portugal's best beaches. The region was once a fishing village, and it still holds something of its classic character. A labyrinth of steep, narrow streets lined with whitewashed houses and fishermen's cottages leading down to the astonishing beaches is what the town of Albufeira looks like. The city's original Arabic name, Al-Buhera means "castle on the sea" and there are some beautiful Moorish arches in the towers. Modern Albufeira is, nonetheless, the Algarve's tourism capital, a thriving centre with hotels, restaurants and stores.
Madeira, also known as the archipelago of Madeira is a group of 4 islands in the North Atlantic Ocean. Located just 280 nautical miles from the African coast, it is more than 500 miles to Lisbon.Madeira is an autonomous region of Portugal, with lush greenery, rugged high cliffs and beautiful pebbly beaches, so it’s no surprise why these volcano-born islands garner so much attention from tourists.Fun fact: Madeira is closer to Africa than it is to Europe!
Overlooking the Mondego river, Coimbra is the fourth-largest urban centre in Portugal, after Lisbon, Porto and Braga. Also known as the university city of Portugal, Coimbra is home to the first university in the country and one of the oldest in Europe. Founded in 1290, the Coimbra’s University Alta and Sofia, are two architectural centres composed of 31 magnificent buildings. Thanks to its important legacy, the University was classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2013. Coimbra is filled with impressive constructions from different periods of history. The Roman occupation left an aqueduct, from which the remains were later incorporated into a medieval renovation. The Muslim settlement brought a fortified palace, that was later used by the early Portuguese Monarchs. During the Middle Ages, a lot of emblematic buildings were built. Examples of those are the Santa Cruz Monastery - the Patheon where the first kings of Portugal are buried - the old Cathedral and the Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha - the most important Gothic work in the city. In the Renaissance period, Coimbra was considered one of the main artistic centres of Portugal, with several Manueline and Renaissance works in the town. Coimbra has also been an important musical centre in Portugal for centuries, acclaimed by its own musical genre called “Fado de Coimbra”. It is mostly related to academic traditions and is characterized by the use of a specific guitar, with a specific structure - “Portuguese guitar”.
Guarda is the capital city of the County to which it borrows its name. The entire region is marked by granite, by the contrasting mountain climate and by its pure, cold air that allows for the curing and manufacture of high-quality smoked meats and cheeses. After the Roman Empire period, followed periods of occupation by the Visigoths, later by the kingdom of Asturias and also by the Islamic civilizations. Only after the Portuguese reconquest process was it confirmed the importance of the city and the region. The event that clearly marked the birth of the Portuguese Language happened here in Guarda, when a Galician troubadour wrote a song in Portuguese for his beloved lady, in 1189. It is well connected to major Portuguese cities such as Porto and Aveiro by the A25 highway and to Lisbon by the A23 highway. The good geographical position and accessibilities make Guarda an excellent place for the storage and transport of goods from Portugal to the rest of Europe (and vice versa). In this sense, private entities together with the City Council created the Platform Business Initiative Logistics (PLIE), which is a cross-border platform that seeks to boost the regional economy and attract industrial flows and investments.
Évora is the capital of Alentejo’s region. Filled with impressive historical and cultural landmarks, the city is one of the most popular places to visit in Alentejo. The Historic Centre of Évora was elected a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986. The city’s roots go as far back as Roman times. Évora still retains ruins from that period, such as from the Temple of Diana. Three centuries later, during the Moorish period, a fortified gate was built to improve the city’s defensive system, as well as a Kasbah. The presence of the Moors can also be felt through the old labyrinthine quarters of the city, which are filled with typical Moorish arches. Évora is also home to a beautiful Cathedral built during medieval times, in the 13th century. In the 15th century, when Évora became the Portuguese king’s residence, a number of royal buildings started to pop up. St. Claire Convent, the royal church and the convent of São Francisco are some examples of those. The Manueline style of architecture characterises these remarkable buildings.Besides Évoras’s rich monumental heritage, the city is also known for its beautiful whitewashed houses decorated with tiles and wrought-iron balconies, its colourful handicraft stores and the family-run cafés and restaurants, which offer the tastiest gastronomy in the land.
Rich in history, right in the centre of Portugal’s Capital City of Lisbon, one can find this park in the Arroios parish over a hill that’s between the valleys that correspond to Avenida da Liberdade and Avenida Almirante Reis. This park inherits its name of Campo dos Mártires da Pátria (Homeland Martyrs’ Field) in memoriam of Portuguese General Gomes Freire de Andrade and eleven of his companions, sentenced to be hanged in a staged trial, accused of revolting and fighting against the British Military General and Portuguese Army Marshal, Lord Beresford, regent ruler of Portugal instead of king D. João VI, who was living in Brazil at the time. Gomes Freire de Andrade was a powerful Portuguese Mason, accused by Lord Beresford of conspiring to diminish his power of rule in Portugal, in the Portuguese king’s absence. After executing Gomes Freire de Andrade and his companions, Lord Beresford then travelled to Brazil to ask king João VI for more powers, which were granted. However, General Gomes Freire de Andrade’s execution by Lord Beresford’s sentence ignited a revolt against the British ruler’s regency, led to protests in the North of Portugal and intensified an anti-British feeling, which ignited the Portuguese Liberal Revolution and to the fall of Lord Beresford, that was stopped from disembarking in Lisbon after returning from Brazil.
Along the coastline that goes on for miles and miles you can jump in the stunning waters of lagoons. You can go underwater and explore the deep sea or stay above and ride the tide with a jet-ski or kayak.
- Sailing with Escola de Vela da Lagoa
- Diving in Berlengas Island
- SUP (Stand Up Padding)
- Jet skiing
Nazaré is a bustling and vibrant holiday destination, which attracts a diversity of nationalities and range of ages for its World-class surf championships called "Rip Curl" and biggest surf waves "in the world". Nazaré became known in 2011 when Garret McNamara, a famous Hawaiian surfer, caught a wave of 23.8 meters (78 ft) at Praia do Norte, entering Guinness Book of Records as the largest wave ever ridden, until 2017 when Brasilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa surf the biggest wave of 24.4 meters (80 ft) and won the Quiksilver XXL Biggest Wave prize. In the meantime, Portuguese surfer Hugo Vau surfed a potentially 35 m (115 ft) high wave, known as "the big mama", on 19 January 2018. This achievement is yet to be validated.
Today, Nazaré is now home to three Guinness World Records: biggest wave ever surfed (Rodrigo Koxa), largest wave ever ridden by a woman (Maya Gabeira), and biggest wave ever ridden by a kitesurfer (Nuno "Stru" Figueiredo).
The beautiful and secluded Berlengas Islands are situated 10 km west of the fishing town of Peniche and are home to the nature reserve Arquipélago das Berlengas. Berlengas is the only inhabited island.
In 2011 UNESCO classified Berlengas as the “World Biosphere Reserve”, which is indicative of the rich fauna and flora that can be found on the islands. You can visit the largest of the three islands, the Berlenga Grande, walk the trails; take a boat tour of the caves; visit Fort St. John, the Baptist, or the Duke of Bragança Lighthouse.
Historically the islands were notorious for shipwrecks and pirates. There was even a 16th-century monastery built here to rescue shipwrecked sailors, but was soon abandoned due to constant raids. The Berlengas Islands are part of a dramatic natural landscape and feature the most beautiful fort in Portugal, while the crystal clear seas are teeming with sea life.
In 2007, none other than the eccentric Portuguese businessman and art patron José Berardo (who is most known for the Centro Cultural Berardo in Belém and his wine business Bacalhôa) founded the Buddha Eden Garden. Berardo was inspired to create this tribute to peace after the Taliban demolished the massive Gandhara statues of the Buddha in Afghanistan in 2001.
The goal of the Berardo Foundation to create a space for people to accept all cultures, ethnicities, races, and socio-economic backgrounds has accomplished the perfect kitsch and innovation balance.
Among Buddhas, pagodas, terracotta statues and several carefully placed sculptures among the vegetation, it is estimated that over 6,000 tons of marble and granite were used to build this monumental work. The central staircase is the focal point of the garden, where the golden Buddha calmly welcomes visitors.
Long before Shakespeare created Romeo and Juliet, Portugal had its own real-life romantic tragedy within the royal family in the shape of Pedro and Inês. Their love story has become legend and inspiration for poets and artists throughout the ages.
At nineteen, Pedro, son of King Afonso IV and heir to the Portuguese throne, was married off to Constança of Castille in order to seal an alliance between Portugal and Spain. The problems started when Pedro fell madly in love with Constança’s lady-in-waiting, Inês de Castro. Constança died in 1349 but despite his father’s urgings to remarry, Pedro was only prepared to marry Inês. She wasn’t considered worthy of the throne and his father forbade the marriage.
Pedro still refused to marry anyone else and King Afonso, at his wits end, took advantage of Pedro’s absence one day in 1355 and sent three assassins after Inês.
Pedro never forgave his father and when he became king in 1357 he had Inês’ body dug up and crowned as queen, claiming that they had married in secret before she died.
Their magnificently carved stone coffins today lie opposite each other in the nave of Alcobaça Monastery, feet facing. The notion being that when Pedro and Inês wake up in the afterlife, the first thing they will each see is their beloved.
Lonely Planet said: "If you're looking for the real Jurassic Park, you might want to try Portugal. Despite what Hollywood would like you to believe, it turns out that the real Jurassic Park is not in Costa Rica, as per Steven Spielberg canon, but in Portugal instead."
Dinoparque is located in Lourinhã, a town roughly an hour north of the country’s capital Lisbon, and is a very famous location for paleontologists everywhere since it houses the Lourinhã Formation, a fossil-rich geological formation dating back to the Jurassic period. That means 150 million years old fossilized bones, eggs, and footprints that make Lourinhã the self-proclaimed “dino capital” of Europe.
This theme park allows you to see more than 180 scientifically proven, real-scale dinosaur species models. There are more than 100 dinosaur eggs discovered in Lourinhã.
In Lourinhã museum you can see eggs and bone fossils of some of the most fantastic animals ever lived in area, not only from Jurasic, but from other periods of history of dinosaurus.
The medieval town of Óbidos is one of the most picturesque and well preserved old towns in Portugal. Placed close to the capital and located on high ground near the Atlantic coast, Óbidos has had a strategic importance in the territory. It had already been settled prior to the Romans’ arrival in the Iberian Peninsula, and the town prospered after being chosen by the royal family.
Historically, Obidos was presented to the Queen of Portugal on her wedding day, a tradition that began with Queen Urraca in 1214 and continued until the 19th century. This royal patronage has left an enduring legacy of pride within the town, and today it is one of the most characterful towns of central Portugal. Up until the 15th century, there was a natural harbour on the western side of Obidos and ships would moor at the base of the battlements.
The coastline was altered dramatically from the 15th century due to a tsunami and ferocious winter storms. These powerful natural forces formed sandbars that reduced the flow of water to the harbour and formed the present coastline which is 10km to the west of Obidos.
Built by D. João V to fulfil a vow of succession, the Mafra National Palace is the most important Baroque monument in Portugal. The Palace occupies 38.000 m, with 1.200 rooms, 4.700 doors and windows and 156 staircases.For the Royal Work commissioned the King sculptures and paintings of Italian and Portuguese Masters, two chimes with 98 bells, which makes them one of the largest historical chimes in the world. It also integrates a (unique) set of Six Pipe Organs in the Basilica, an most beautiful historical library of XVIII century with 36.000 volumes. Some rare works such as the collection of incunabula (works printed until 1500) or the famous “Chronicle of Nuremberg” (1493), several Bibles or the first Encyclopedia (known as de Diderot et D'Alembert), the Books of Illuminated hours of the 15th century and much more.In fact, everything here is marked by a quality stamp that only Johannine generosity could and knew to demand: excellence of materials, bold solutions and refinement of execution.
If you're looking to invest in Portuguese property, you've come to the right place. The property market in Portugal continues to go from strength to strength, with now being a great time to purchase home here. European buyers flock here every year, but the Golden Visa scheme allows people from further afield to get their hands on Portugal real estate. This gives overseas buyers the right to live, work and study anywhere within the European Union.
The Silver Coast is conveniently close to the Lisbon airport, at barely an hour away by car. It is also located just 2 hours away from Porto airport.Â
The best way to go to the Silver Coast is by car, however there are direct buses from the Lisbon Airport to SÃ£o Martinho do Porto and to Caldas da Rainha.
The high streets of the Silver Coast are crowded with shops. When you visit the old town areas you will find a vast number of shops that sell everything you might need and more.Â
Three new retail centers and local stores have opened their doors in recent years, boosting the area's shopping. Many well-known national chain stores have opened new branches in these shopping centers in the cities of Torres Vedras, Leiria and Caldas da Rainha.
Lisbon, Faro and Porto is where you will find Portugalâ€™s international airports. Many well-known airlines frequently travel to and from one of these airports, so flying here or to another destination is relatively straightforward. Lisbon airport (LIS) is the main airport of Portugal and handles the highest number of international flights. The nearest airport from the Silver Coast is the Lisbon airport - 1 hour drive, - following Porto airport (OPO) - 2 hour drive.
The coastal regions of west Portugal do see more rainfall than the south regardless of the month of the year, which gives a green and lush appearance to the landscape.
The further inland you go you will experience more in the way of traditional life, as well as still mild temperatures, especially during the winter months.Â The average temperature in the summer months reaches as high as 30Â°C, while the average low drops to around 15Â°C degrees in the winter months and reaches highs of approximately 14Â°C.
The shoulder seasons Spring and Autumn are still good for visiting, with average highs of 18Â°C and lows of 13Â°C.
Restaurants & Bars
Portugalâ€™s gastronomy is world renown and all portuguese locals know the true value of a proper meal paired with the right wine and with the best table with friends and family. Here follow a few of our recommendations for a few fantastic dining experiences in the Silver Coast:
The Silver Coast in Portugal is home to some of the countryâ€™s most prestigious beaches, fit for swimming, surfing, or simply taking in the beauty of the waves and the shore.
Here are some of our favorite beach spots:
- Praia da NazarÃ©
-Â MedÃ£o (Peniche)Â
-Â Praia Tocha
- Baleal Beach
- Foz do Arelho Beach