The Silver Coast region of Portugal is most popular with families looking to spend time together and getaway from it all at home. Unlike the Algarve, Portugal’s Silver Coast is more undiscovered so offers an exciting alternative holiday experience without the hoards of tourists and the expensive prices. The beaches are an endless walk of golden sand and seas renowned for offering the perfect conditions for all watersports with Golf courses and family activities experienced within stunning countryside of pine forests and undulating dunes.
Once found, it is hard not to resist the temptation to return to the region and being located just over an hour from Lisbon, why would you not? As Silver Coast holiday experts for over 13 years, here are our favourite tips to make the most of Portugal’s best hidden secret.
With so many seafood options on a menu where do you start? Seafood is almost a religion with as many recipes for Bacalhau (salted cod) as there are days of the year. Be adventurous and try the local version, or arooz do peixe similar to paella with a rice base, octopus, king prawns, mussels and other shellfish fresh in the day’s catch. Grown ups, can wash it all down with a jug of white sangria similar to the Spanish counterpart, but a fresher version with soda and seasonal fresh fruit.. Our personal favourite is ‘espumanet’ made with sparkling white wine, delicious!
Close-by markets and boutiques at Obidos, and Caldas da Rainha offer the chance to find keepsakes to take home as holiday memories. Local ceramic artist Bordallo Pinheiro is famous for stunning handcrafted ceramics which make the perfect gift for yourself! From pineapple serving plates to cat water pitchers, you can take back a piece of Portugal for your home. Other favourites are chocolate salami (my children’s favourite and I am a regular exporter of chocolate salami to South West London!). Handmade lace, soaps, fresh coffee and biscuits are also excellent gifts and tokens from your holiday in Portugal.
As the fifth most spoken language in the world, it is always good to have some key words in your repetoir. Hello – Bom Dia , Goodbye, Also Bom Dia / Boa tarde / Boa noite (good day, good afternoon, good night), Please, Por favour, Thank you, Obrigado, (obrigada if your are female) Yes, Sim, No Nao,,I would like two beers, Eu gostaria duas Cerveja,
The local lagoon at Obidos is pure heaven for watersport lovers including stand up paddle boarding, sailing and canoeing and over the summer you will see many professionals sharpening their skills in the area with the National Longboard Championships heats 18/19 August. You can also polish your own skills in surf, paddle boarding and more, with lessons at CLUBE AVENTURA and their extensive activity programme for all the family.