House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Beautifully built, this is an extremely bright and spacious villa with 4 double bedrooms (two with balcony), large living room, dining room, kitchen with eating area and great outside area for parties/BBQ surrounded by garden and 'calcada', a typical pavement made of Portuguese white stone, decorated with handmade rose winds. It also has a great stone built barbecue for the summer parties and space for three cars inside the gates plus 2/3 cars outside.
The Villa is just a few minutes from Caldas da Rainha, a city Founded in the 15th century by Queen Leonor and its name means Queen's Hot Springs" or "Queen's Spa" due it's unique hot springs.
Caldas da Rainha it's just under an hour driving from Lisbon and this region (Silver Coast) one of the favorite places in Portugal for holidays in a country with an average of 300 days of sunshine per year
This wonderful Villa is located close to all things that a makes a 'Dolce Vita' come true: just some minutes driving to the city and it's typical daily market of local produce, shops, cafes, gardens, the seaside (with a lagoon or beach to choose from), golf camps, horse riding or Obidos village, a world heritage site with its Castel, home to the famous International Chocolate Festival and Medieval shows. Not to mentioned places and things you can visit and explore as: gastronomy festivals, salt lakes of Rio Maior, Santarem Horse Festival, Sao Martinho do Porto, Batalha Monastery, the list is endless!
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Foz do Arelho 5 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Lisbon airport 75 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Costa de Prata/Silver Coast/Central Portugal region
The Silver Coast has some of the most spectacular scenery in Portugal.
This region of Portugal is a treasure of beauty and gets it's name from the effect of the sun on the waves of the Atlantic Ocean .
If you are looking for a relaxing place, where the people are genuinely friendly, the wine is superb and the weather is almost perfect - then there are few choices better than the Silver Coast of Portugal. The area is readily accessible from both Lisbon and Porto airports - with flight times around 2 hours from the UK.
Traditionally a Portuguese holiday area, the Silver Coast remains relatively untouched by the mass tourism market and, if you are prepared to drive and walk a little way, you can guarantee a beach almost to yourself even in the height of the season. More robust than the Algarve coast and open to the Atlantic Ocean - the seas here are more vigorous, and offer some unrivaled surfing conditions.
Just inland there are sea-water lagoons, villages set in the hills, castles, forests including the beautiful pine forest of Pinhal do Rei, the Berlengas Islands where there is good sea fishing and Berlengas Grande - a National Bird Reserve and a wide choice of other interesting and historical locations.
Here you can discover pretty villages and a real Portuguese way-of-life among stunning coastal scenery fringed with some of the best beaches in Europe.
Places to visit near by are:
CALDAS DA RAINHA
Literally translates as the "Queens Spa", Caldas da Rainha, established in 1485, is one of the oldest spa towns in Europe.
The old town contains many historic and architecturally fine buildings, a large and very beautiful park, which contains the old thermal hospital, museums and a boating lake!
The daily fruit and vegetable market sells fresh locally grown produce from the surrounding area.
Caldas da Rainha has a great variety of shops and specialises in ceramic ware.
There are a number of superb beaches in the area - the closest about 10 minutes away.
Approaching Batalha from Leiria , the first sight of the town is the Abbey - a masterpiece of Portuguese Gothic Architecture.
This Dominican Abbey - Santa Maria de Vitória a Batalha - was built to give thanks to the Holy Mary for the victory over the Spanish at the battle of Aljubarrota in 1385.
Reputed to be one of Portugal's greatest architectural masterpieces, the 12th century Cistercian monastery, Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Alcobaça, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is well worth a visit. Equally, the Museu de Vinho (wine museum) warrants an hour or two...and gives you the chance to buy some of the local produce.
Arguably, the most famous fishing town in Portugal and one of the Silver Coast's more well-known beach resorts.
Famous for not only its history with the sea and fishing but also for the "Seven Skirts of Nazaré" - the fisher-women here still wear seven layers of colourful skirts, wooden clogs and a mainly black headscarf.
The town has a great choice of seafood restaurants and a the typical local cuisine includes "Caldeirada à Nazarena" - a rich fish-based stew.
Wthout doubt, one of Portugal's absolutely "must-see" World Heritage sites. This fortified hilltop village is entirely enclosed by high medieval walls and overlooks a 16th century aqueduct.
Until the 15th century, it overlooked the Ocean, then the bay silted up, leaving the spectacular Óbidos Lagoon and land-locking the village. Cobbled lanes wander through the village, passing homes and small shops selling their wares, and lead up to the castle, which is now used as a Pousada.
Guided Tours are available and it is possible, with care, to walk along the top of the medieval walls.
A number of festivals are held each year including a chocolate festival - with sculptures and artwork made from chocolate; a medieval festival - when the whole town, including the castle, takes a few large steps back in time; various opera and classical music festivals, often performed in the open-air and within the castle grounds; Over the Chistmas period the whole town becomes an animated nativity scene.
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