Here are some of our regular taxi drivers:
José Pereira– +351 962 669 491
Carlos– +351 963 776 041
Sr Constantino – +351 965 022 03122
Where is the nearest supermarket?
In the resort there is a small grocery shop selling the basics. It is located in the Beach Village but please be aware it is quite expensive compared to shops outside of the resort.
There is a ‘Mini Mercado’ in the small street at the side of the Holiday Rental Portugal office.
Opening times: Monday – Saturday 0800 – 1300 and 1500 – 2000. Sundays 0800 – 1300.
Pingo Doce in Obidos is our favourite (15 minutes). Take the IP6 from Serra D’El Rei, in the direction of Óbidos, then A8 Exit 15. Take the 2nd exit at the 1st roundabout and continue with the walled village of Óbidos on your right. Go straight at next roundabout and left at the 3rd roundabout. Usually open every day until 8.30 pm, closed on public holidays
Intermarche in Peniche (15 minutes). Take the IP6 from Serra D’El Rei to Peniche and keep going straight. It is on the left just next to the Marie Elisabeth sardine factory.
There are many other supermarkets in Caldas da Rainha and Peniche.
They are open until 8 pm daily and later during the summer months.
There is a pastelaria selling fresh bread and cakes on the main street in Serra d’el Rei, open every day. Also a good butcher by the children’s playground open Tuesday – Saturday until 8 pm and 1 pm on Sundays.
Can we drink the water?
The water is safe to drink, but bottled water may preferable for taste.
Nearest ATM (cash machine)?
Outside the Clubhouse & inside the Marriott Hotel.
Credito Agricola Bank at Serra d’el Rei, near our office, by the church square.
How do we get to the beach?
Walk down Avenida Inês de Castro in the direction of the Marriott Hotel & descend the steps in front of the hotel. Alternatively walk towards ‘Vila de Praia’, The Beach Village and the take 2nd left just past the deep pink house & follow the path, cutting over the golf course. There is a way down to the beach here. The cliffs are now ‘roped’ due to erosion, so take care. You may also drive towards Vila da Praia (The Beach Village) and turn left, parking in the car park and walk over the boardwalk to the beach.
Can we take public transport to Lisbon?
There is a regular bus service from the bus station in Caldas da Rainha. The 84 km journey takes 1 hour 10 minutes and costs less than €10 one way. If you’re happy to leave your car in Caldas for the day, then the bus is a pleasant means of transport. There is a less regular service from Obidos to Lisbon, with a timetable available at the Obidos tourist office. From Peniche the bus takes 1 hr 35 mins. Forget the train, it’s single track and very slow!
It is easy to park in Lisbon and we suggest:
- Lisbon airport (it’s centrally located and easy to pick up a cab)
- Rossio underground car park (in the central Baixa district)
- Parque das Naçoes – easily located car parks
The post office at Serra D’El Rei is next to the Pharmacy and is open from 9:00 -12.30 and from 2.00 – 4:00. We have first class (correio azul) and second class mail (correios normal) which takes 3/4 days. It’s best to send international mail by correio azul.
Drive to the traffic lights in Serra D’El Rei and turn right past our office. The service station is approximately 1 km on the left. Alternatively turn left at the traffic lights in Serra and continue straight at the roundabout for about about 8 kms on the old road to Amoreira. This service station is on the left.
While this area is relatively safe, don’t leave things on view in your car or your Satnav visible, as both are an invitation to thieves.
Most properties don’t have outside door handles on the patio doors either and it’s best not to tempt fate and leave the patio doors open while you’re by the pool.
There is a mini market located at the far end of Praia d’el Rey – Vila da Praia/Beachfront. Open daily:
0900 – 1300 and 1400 – 1800 – In July and August it stays open until 20.00.
Shopping malls are very popular here and they stay open late. Those in Lisbon are usually open until 11 pm/midnight. Caldas da Rainha has a shopping mall called Vivaci. It is opposite the park and there is underground parking.
It also has a multi-screen cinema showing the latest films (in English with Portuguese subtitles).