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Unspoilt beaches and cultural treasures

From white-sandy beaches and laid-back coastal resorts to lush countryside and absorbing medieval towns, the stunning Silver Coast combines a wonderful beach holiday with a fascinating cultural experience. Remaining largely untouched by tourism, here you will get a taste of the real Portuguese culture and lifestyle hidden away within the traditional towns and villages. The beautiful scenery to be found all over the region provides the perfect backdrop to a holiday packed with opportunities for relaxation and exploration.

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On the beach in Silver Coast

The vast white sands of the Silver Coast meet the cool, sapphire waters of the Atlantic to form some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. A string of typically Portuguese villages, where time has stood still, and larger family-orientated resorts are scattered along the rugged and beautiful coastline. The region plays host to several world-famous surfing beaches, attracting water-sports enthusiasts from far and wide. Many of the most popular beaches have sheltered areas for swimming, patrolled by lifeguards.

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Hints of history in Silver Coast

Visit the Silver Coast and you will discover a rich history and culture set amid the beautiful countryside and spectacular coastline. Various fascinating monasteries, convents and castles are open to visitors, scattered throughout the towns and villages. The historic cities of Lisbon, Coimbra and Oporto are well worth a visit and are excellent to walk around, absorbing their medieval atmosphere and marvelling at the beautiful architecture. A variety of interesting museums within the cities also play host to many local artistic treasures including porcelain and crystal artefacts.

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Local cuisine in Silver Coast

The Silver Coast is renowned for its mouth-watering cuisine and variety of local wine. Many of the specialities are based around the delicious seafood from the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. You can sample one of the most popular of these dishes Caldeirada, a stew which combines a large variety of fish and shellfish with potatoes, tomato and onion. This area is also part of the largest wine growing region in western Portugal, where excellent red and white wines are produced. The sparkling Bairrada wines are very popular, and provide an excellent accompaniment to many of the traditional dishes of the region.

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Outdoor pursuits in Silver Coast

If you enjoy exploring the great outdoors, you will love spending time amid the beautiful scenery of the Silver Coast. Take a walk along the tranquil coastal beaches and rugged cliffs and you may be lucky enough to encounter some of the abundant and diverse animal and birdlife. If you prefer something a little more energetic, a great way to explore the coast and countryside is by bicycle. Golf is very popular in this part of Portugal, with several world-class courses to choose from, with none better than the breathtaking courses in the Holiday Resorts of CampoReal Golf Resort & Spa and Praia d'el Rey Golf & Beach Resort.

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Not to be missed...

  • Take a daytrip to Lisbon, the bustling Portuguese capital city, absorbing the historic atmosphere and fascinating culture.
  • Try delicious local wine at the Festival do Vinho – the popular wine festival that attracts thousands of visitors to the town of Bombarral each July.
  • Play a few holes on some of the most impressive golf courses in the world, set amid the beautiful landscape of the region.
  • Adults and children alike will love spending time on the beautiful sandy beaches stretching for many miles along the Silver Coast.
  • Follow in the Duke of Wellington's footsteps as you explore the remains of the famous Peninsular War fortifications around the town of Torres Vedras by bicycle.

CampoReal Lisboa

Perfectly positioned amid wonderful peace and tranquillity, CampoReal Lisboa is just 15 minutes from the stunning Silver Coast beaches. The resort offers plenty of facilities for an active or relaxing holiday with its centrepiece being the world-class 18-hole golf course which sweeps through wooded valleys and crests rolling green hills, providing a challenge for any golfer. There’s plenty to see in the local area if you like to explore whilst on holiday. The beautiful medieval town of Obidos is a short drive away, offering plenty of history and culture in a stunning setting, whilst the atmospheric Portuguese capital city of Lisbon is also within reach – just a 35 minute drive from the resort, with its fascinating culture, history and cuisine.

  • 35mins fromLisbon

Foz do Arelho

Foz do Arelho is a beautiful, unspoilt village in the Silver Coast, which provides easy access to beaches and the stunning Obidos Lagoon. Typically Portuguese in essence, Foz still offers plenty for holiday makers, with shops, supermarkets, pharmacies and general amenities. Restaurants cater for all tastes at a reasonable price and the bars offer a good atmosphere. The beach has several bars and restaurants along the refurbished promenade, which provide the perfect setting to admire the sea views and indulge in the local culture!

  • 1hr fromLisbon

Praia D'el Rey Golf & Beach Resort

Set along a beautiful sandy beach less than one hour from Lisbon, in an area of protected rural landscape of rolling sand dunes and pine tree forests, Praia D'El Rey Golf & Beach Resort is an oasis of relaxed style and world-class comforts created to reflect the unspoiled natural beauty of its location. Literally translated as 'Beach of the King', you will be amazed by how close the beach is to the properties on the resort and by all of the fantastic facilities that are on offer! Praia D'El Rey is the perfect resort for couples, families and groups of friends!

  • 1hr fromLisbon

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