The Silver Coast is a beautiful region of Portugal, relatively untouched by tourism. Miles of golden sand beaches and rolling sand-dunes meet lush countryside; bustling market and fishing towns mix with medieval history and traditional Portuguese culture. Less than an hour North from Lisbon Airport, the Silver Coast is the perfect backdrop for a holiday in Portugal full of opportunities to relax and explore.
The Silver Coast is a beautiful unspoilt stretch of coastline, stretching from Ericeira just north of Lisbon to Figueira da Foz, south of Porto, so called because the Atlantic Ocean turns to silver as the sun sets. The rolling countryside, medieval towns and easy access to Lisbon, one of Europes’ great capital cities, make the Silver Coast and ideal destination to visit the real Portugal.
Famous for its silver skies at sunset and watersport perfect oceans, once experienced, Portugal’s Silver Coast will call you back year after year. Perfect for the annual summer family holiday or a group getaway anytime, the Silver Coast of Portugal is a need to know destination.
Experience the gems of Portugal, but without the crowds of the Algarve. The golden sandy beaches are footprint perfect with oceans that are a dream location for water sport activities. From expert surfer to new beginner, the sparkling lagoon at Obidos is the ideal playground for all the family to try their hand at paddleboard, surf, sailing and any new sport the friendly local adventure schools have to offer
Surf & Turf
Golf lovers will be kept more than happy with choice of award courses including Praia del Rey, Westcliffs and Royal Obidos courses which are really a showcase of the natural beauty of the region. From the first tee, you start a round to a backdrop of stunning nature set in cliff tops, pine trees and sand dunes. All are welcome at the Marriot resort Clubhouse for after golf cocktail or one of their dedicated evenings of live music or wine tasting.
For those drawn to the Surf the beaches of the Silver Coast are an essential holiday destination, and probably the most renowned Surfing area in the country. With a huge amount of wave variety the beaches in the Peniche area are a year round destination for surfers from all over the world. Most famously is probably Supertubos regarded by many as one Europe’s best beach breaks. .
Arts & Culture
You can’t go far in the Silver Coast region without stumbling past signs of it’s Roman history, medieval past, and the centuries of Portuguese Kings and Queens who visited towns in the region regularly.
Traditional crafts such as lace, soaps, cork products, weaving, and of course painted ceramics are exhibited beautifully at the many independent, artisan shops in the town of Obidos. The area around the town of Caldas da Rainha is home to one of Portugal’s most famous Ceramic artists and a visit to the Bordallo Pinheiro factory is one of our most favourite things to do.
Some of the best beaches in Portugal are Silver Coast Beaches.Golden sand beaches stretch for miles and even at the height of Summer there is always a cooling breeze coming from the Atlantic. Silver Coast Portugal beaches never get crowded, even at the popular Baleal beach in August a short walk will take you to an empty area where you can put down your beach umbrella and have peace and quiet in the sun.
The local Praia Del Rey beach stretches for miles in both directions from the resort and is excellent for sunbathing, walking and surfing. It’s a short walk from most of our properties and there are two parking areas for beach access.
The local beach is patrolled during the peak season and a lifeguard is based at the beach access beneath the Marriott Hotel and Vila da Praia (The Beach Village). Swimmers and surfers not used to the Atlantic surf should observe the Safe and Danger flags.
Baleal beach is a 10-minute drive from the Praia del Rey Golf and Beach Resort and is increasingly becoming the centre of the surf-scene on Portugal’s Silver Coast. There is endless golden sand stretching into the distance. The beach is lifeguarded in peak season and because of the nature of the bay, one stretch of beach will always offer calm conditions ideal for children to paddle. Baleal has numerous relaxed beach bars, cafes and surf schools, and is also life-guarded in peak season.
The huge bay at Peniche and Supertubos is on the other side of the Peniche peninsular. Surfers from all over the world are drawn to these beaches and the fantastic surf they offer.
Eating & Drinking
Holidaymakers are well catered for by local restaurants serving fantastic fresh fish caught fresh that morning. Regional specialities from further north such as Porco Preto (black pork) can also be sampled as well as the more modern cuisine such as beautifully prepared sushi. The region produces excellent wines and Quintas such as Sanguinhal are well worth a visit to sample the wines and find out more about how they are made. A famous liqueur produced just outside Obidos is made from the abundance of cherry trees, and the cherry liqueur called Ginja can only be sampled out of a chocolate cup, delicious!