Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Boasting the largest pool in Sao Martinho and benefitting from both a child pool, and child playground, this complex is hard to beat for families. What's more it's just 200 metres from the wonderful sandy beach of Sao Martinho and the array of restaurants and bars on offer and the apartment itself has spectacular sea views to enjoy.
This apartment is very well equipped and presented by the owner and offers 2 separate balconies with furniture and sunloungers, air-conditioning, satellite TV with English channels, CD and DVD player, central heating (useful for winter lets) and private parking via a secure underground carpark for the complex.
There is a lift to the apartment making it easy to get to and from the pool.
The apartment is arranged as a spacious lounge with dining area, kitchen, 2 bedrooms (1 with a double bed and the other with two single beds) and a separate sofabed in the lounge. This means the apartment can sleep 6 people.
Enjoy the views from the balcony and the comfort of your own apartment and then enjoy the best of both worlds outside, the complex, and Sao Martinho itself. It's all on your doorstep.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Sao Martinho Do Porto 200 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Lisbon 90 km, Nearest railway: Sao Martinho Do Porto 100 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, Swing set|
The Costa de Prata/Silver Coast/Central Portugal region
Flying to Lisbon Airport is recommended if you're coming from outside Portugal as it is an easy drive along the A8 taking an hour to Sao Martinho Do Porto.
Alternatively you can fly to Oporto (2.5 hour drive) or Faro (3.5 hour drive).
Find and compare flight prices at: http://www.skyscanner.net/
By train from UK to Lisbon
For Lisbon, you can take the 10.23am Eurostar from London to Paris and the 15.50 TGV service to Irún on the Spanish border, which connects with the 22.00 overnight Sud Express to Lisbon, which arrives at 11.03am the following day. The cheapest return fare is about £209. Book through Spanish Rail (020 7725 7063) and please check as timings may well have changed.
From Lisbon airport by car
Hire a car from the airport if you are intending to use a car for your holiday. We will send you detailed instructions for how to get to Sao Martinho Do Porto. The journey is about an hour to Sao Martinho Do Porto.
Note: You will come across some road tolls. You must stop at them all! Do not go through the green lane as this is for cars that have pre-paid. When you get to the first one just touch the silver button and a card will come out. Keep that card until you get to the next one where you will need to stop again and pay the attendant. The first toll payment is quite a long way from where you pick up the card and will be about 5 Euros. The second one should be about 2 Euros so check you have enough cash on you.
From Lisbon to Sao Martinho Do Porto by public transport
The best way of getting to Sao Martinho on public transport is by Taxi from Lisbon airport to the coach station and then by coach to Sao Martinho Do Porto. Get a taxi to Lisbon's Sete Rios coach terminal (approx 15 Euros) from the airport. From there you will be able to get a coach direct to Sao Martinho Do Porto; there are several trips per day. You can find out coach times and book tickets at www.rede-expressos.pt but be aware that the website is in Portuguese and there is no English source of this information. Alternatively a taxi one way will cost 75-100 Euros typically.
Sao Martinho do Porto
The beautiful town of Sao Martinho Do Porto is built around a beautiful bay naturally shaped by the sea to form a perfect shell. Making the most of the view of the bay a string of cafes and restaurants have emerged offering a diverse range of food and drink.
The majority of the restaurants you'll come across will be traditional Portuguese restaurants specialising in Seafood. Portugal has a superb tradition for fresh fish and shellfish and typically the dishes are reasonably simple making the fresh seafood the feature of the meal. Many traditional restaurants will serve dishes known as Cataplanas. These dishes vary considerably depending on the restaurant but they are delicious and include a variety of seafood cooked with onions and tomatoes to make an extremely tasty casserole. Another traditional dish to look out for is pork with clams.
At lunchtime a number of restaurants serve a Prato do dia, this is the 'dish of the day' but it may be up to three courses. These dishes are typically very good value.
Of particular note are the following restaurants:
A CASA – serves typical Portuguese food with an emphasis on good quality, fresh seafood.
O'FAROL - this restaurant enjoys superb views over the bay. Serving typical Portuguese food, this restaurant is excellent for seafood.
CARVALHO – a good Portuguese menu with some nice dishes. Typically prices are reasonable and the food is good. Well worth visiting for a lunch in particular.
PORTOBELLO - an Italian restaurant that offers good food at reasonable prices. With a wide range on offer, the pizzas in particular are excellent.
ROYAL MARINHO - a Swiss chef offers a diverse range of dishes which vary throughout the year. Dishes can include Swiss fondue in the winter and French classics such as Chateaubriand.
PESCA NO PRATO - An excellent choice of restaurant for traditional Portuguese food with an emphasis on fresh seafood.
Although alcohol is served in all of the many cafes surrounding the bay of Sao Martinho, the two specialist bars in Sao Martinho are Pato Bravo and The Status Bar. Both bars offer nice environments to enjoy a drink and they continue serving until the early morning. Pato Bravo has a beautiful central view over the bay. The Status Bar is found next to the Atlantico hotel just behind the children's play area on the bay.
Also well worth a visit is the Hotel Palace do Capitao, a stunning historic building overlooking the bay. Enjoy afternoon tea in a beautiful environment.
For a large supermarket get on the main road out of Sao Martinho (R. Gen. Carmona), Just before you get to the junction to join the N242 (the road you would use to get to Nazare) you will see a large supermarket (Intermarché) on your right-hand side. It's about 10 mins walk from the centre of Sao Martinho Do Porto.
There are 2 excellent golf courses with easy reach of Sao Martinho:
The Praia del Rey is the best known of the local courses, it is ranked as the 13th best golf course in Europe. The course is located approximately 40 mins drive from Sao Martinho.
The Golden Eagle golf course is also very popular and it is located in a very peaceful setting approximately 40 minutes drive from Sao Martinho.
Given the location of Sao Martinho do Porto it suits those wanting to relax on a beach as well as those wanting to soak up some of the wide ranging cultural heritage of the Silver Coast. There is a vast wealth of history and culture in the area and there are many beautiful and picturesque towns too. Below are just some of the many suggestions for a day out in the Silver Coast:
The neighbouring town Nazaré, a charming old fishing town is 10km away.
The beautiful medieval borough Óbidos (20 km),
Foz D'Arelho with the stunning Obidos Lagoon is 10km.
The historic town Alcobaca with the famous monastery is 15km.
Peniche, famous for surfing and the renowned 'supertubos' wave is 40km. From here you can catch a boat to the Berlengas Islands - a nature reserve.
Lisbon is 80km.
The UNESCO world heritage site Sintra with 2 palaces is 90km.
The Gothic city Santarém and the museum house of Alpiarça is 70 km
The palace, the church and the convent of Mafra is 90 km.
Also visit the basilica and the convent of Batalha from the 14th century. The pilgrimage destination Fátima (50 km), the castles of Leiria and Porto do Mos. The University City Coïmbra (100 km), the convent of the tempeliers in Tomar, etc.
There are huge stretches of magnificent beaches the length of Portugal; you will have no shortage of beautiful beaches to choose from during your stay. That said, please be aware that there are very powerful waves and currents along the Atlantic coast so it is best to be careful when choosing a beach to spend your day. The beach around Sao Martinho is very safe as the waters are sheltered and calm, the same is true of the beaches around the Obidos lagoon that is located 15-minutes drive south of Sao Martinho. Particularly for families with young children we recommend that guests stick to these safe-bathing areas.
Between Sao Martinho and Nazaré (to the North) there is a stretch of beach called Salgado beach. There are very powerful and dangerous currents in the waters along this stretch of beach so we recommend that you avoid this beach all together.
When going into the waters along the coast of Portugal be aware of the coloured flag system that indicates how safe the waters are for bathing:
A green flag indicates that it is safe to swim in the waters
A yellow flag indicates that bathers should be cautious.
A red flag indicates that swimming is forbidden.
A blue and white flag indicates that the beach is temporarily without a lifeguard.
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