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Why the Silver Coast feels like “home”

On Portugal’s Silver Coast, neighbours are more than just acquaintances — they are friends. This delightful region greets foreigners with open arms and a warm, friendly mindset, making it feel like a true home away from home.

The Portuguese people have an authentic appreciation for the simple pleasures that enrich life. Whether it’s savouring a leisurely lunch with a breathtaking view, spending quality time with friends at a cosy cafe, or playing with your children on the sandy beaches, the Silver Coast offers abundant opportunities to indulge in this laid-back and simple lifestyle.

Children with roars walking along the pier of Sao Martinho do Porto Bay
Pier of Sao Martinho do Porto Bay

What sets the Silver Coast apart is its blend of modern conveniences and tranquil living. Here, you’ll find all the facilities you need to meet your daily needs without the hassles and congestion of big cities. From well-equipped schools and healthcare centres to thriving local businesses, life on the Silver Coast is filled with happiness and vitality.

Portugal’s best family beach

Step into paradise at Sao Martinho do Porto, known as Portugal’s best family beach. This coastal gem lives up to its reputation with its iconic shell-shaped bay and tranquil waters, making it a true haven for families seeking a memorable summer getaway.

Sao Martinho do Porto, known as Portugal’s best family beach
Sao Martinho do Porto, known as Portugal’s best family beach

As the sun shines, the charming bougainvillea-lined streets of the historic centre and the waterfront adorned with traditional cloth beach tents come alive, attracting a vibrant mix of locals and visitors to the Silver Coast.

Sao Martinho do Porto Bay holds a special place in the hearts of many, including local holiday homeowners, who have cherished this treasure across generations. It’s a place where genuine traditions thrive, and families can embrace a welcoming and family-friendly atmosphere that ensures unforgettable holidays.

Things to do

The beach offers an array of activities that cater to families of all ages. Dive into the bay and enjoy thrilling water adventures, such as pedal boat rides, sailing, canoeing or kayaking. Between the river beach of Salir do Porto and Sao Martinho do Porto Bay lies a hidden gem — the wooden walkway.

Wooden walkway connecting Salir do Porto to Sao Martinho do Porto Beach
Wooden walkway connecting Salir do Porto to Sao Martinho do Porto Beach

This enchanting spot, one of the Silver Coast’s most beautiful locations, offers a serene escape. During the quieter seasons, the occasional seagull and the gentle ocean breeze will be your companions as you stroll along this picturesque pathway!

Healthy outdoor living

The Silver Coast is also a dream for nature lovers, offering plenty of space to breathe in the fresh air and embrace the beauty of the surroundings.

World Heritage site - Monastery of Alcobaça
World Heritage site - Monastery of Alcobaça

Take, for example, the centuries-old Cistercian Monastery of Alcobaça or the Parque Verde, a picturesque park built along the Alcoa river. With its walking paths, cycling routes, a theatre for open-air performances and ample space for sports and recreation, this park seamlessly blends land, water and nature in perfect harmony. Enjoy a panoramic view from the park’s cafeteria, play sports on the multipurpose fields, or let the little ones explore the children’s playground. Nature truly comes alive in this remarkable oasis.

For a peaceful retreat, visit D. Carlos I Park in Caldas da Rainha. Nestled amidst historical buildings, this bucolic refuge offers a serene escape. Immerse yourself in the lush greenery, admire beautiful art installations, and enjoy traditional Portuguese elements like the charming “coreto.” Take a leisurely boat ride, stroll through the garden pathways, or unwind with a cup of coffee in the outdoor “esplanadas” of the nearby cafes.

Whether it’s sitting on wooden benches under ancient trees or lounging on the fantastic lawn in front of the Jose Malhoa Museum, D. Carlos I Park provides endless spaces for relaxation.

D. Carlos I Park in Caldas da Rainha
D. Carlos I Park in Caldas da Rainha

On sunny days, locals flock to the park, lying on the grass, reading, chatting, and simply basking in the delightful weather.

A bit further north, animal lovers will be enchanted by the pine forest of Nossa Senhora da Confraria da Nazaré, where red deer roam freely in their natural habitat. It’s a captivating sight that brings you closer to the wonders of wildlife.

Red reindeer of Praia do Norte - Nazare

The Silver Coast also boasts an incredible network of hiking paths and walking trails, both inland and along the coast. Among the most popular are the wooden walkways of Foz do Arelho — a sanctuary of fresh air, natural landscapes and awe-inspiring views.

As you wander along these walkways, following the natural contours of the northern hillside, the majestic sea serves as a stunning backdrop. You’ll encounter straight stretches, stairs and seven viewpoints equipped with rotating benches, offering a 360-degree panorama of the surrounding beauty.

wooden walkways of Foz do Arelho
Wooden walkways of Foz do Arelho

On clear days, the distant Berlengas archipelago reveals itself on the horizon. And during the magical “golden hour”, the sunset over the Atlantic casts a spell, adding an extra touch of enchantment to this remarkable place.

Local healthcare services

When it comes to healthcare, rest assured that the Silver Coast region also provides excellent options.

Both private and public healthcare services are readily available, including various family and specialized medical clinics. In fact, the region is home to the largest public hospital in the area.

You’ll also find Europe’s oldest thermal hospital in Caldas da Rainha, where unique health and wellness services continue to be provided to this day.

Hospital Thermal Rainha D. Leonor - Europe’s oldest thermal hospital in Caldas da Rainha
Hospital Termal Rainha D. Leonor - Europe’s oldest thermal hospital in Caldas da Rainha


“Life is all about choices, right? I am so happy to have chosen such a wonderful country to be raising my two young girls in!
The Portuguese people are so friendly and welcoming of our international family, and most of all we are safe and we are living in a slow-paced and relaxed environment where we have the time to truly enjoy the simple things!”

Allenah Tereso, Managing Director at PORTUGAL INTERIORS


Article originally published in Portugal The Simple Life Magazine, Edition #4


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