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Dino Parque Lourinha

The Dino Parque is an outdoor museum, in an area of 10 hectares, including 4 tracks corresponding to some of the most important epochs in the history of the Earth: The end of the Paleozoic, the Triassic, the Jurassic and the Cretaceous. Throughout these tracks, visitors can see more than 120 models of dinosaurs and other animals on the real scale. In the main building, there is a cafeteria with terrace, ideal for a meal or simply having a coffee. There is still a Kiosk bar in the park, as well as a vending area. The store located in the central building offers a wide range of products related to the world of paleontology and dinosaurs, fantastic ideas for a souvenir of your visit to Dino Park.

 

More information: http://www.dinoparque.pt/

16 km / 25 minutes by car

Kite Control Obidos

The Obidos Lagoon (Lagoa de Óbidos in Portuguese) offers the best kitesurfing conditions year-round here in Portugal. The secret spot where Kite Control kitesurf school is based is only a short drive from Praia D'el Rey where, after your kitesurfing lessons, you can kick back and relax, enjoying the evenings by soaking up some local culture. The Obidos Lagoon itself is home to consistent winds and butter flat waters; prime conditions for kitesurfing.  Excluding southerlies, all wind directions work on the lagoon; even easterlies are reinforced by nearby mountains. Due to the fantastic kitesurfing and surfing conditions and the somewhat idyllic nature of living on the west coast of Portugal, this area has become synonymous with kiteboarding enthusiasts in recent years


More information: https://www.kitecontrolportugal.com/

9 km / 15 minutes by car

Quinta de Sanguinhal

The company produces wine since the beginning of the 20th century. Growing interest in wine related tourism has led to establish tourist visits that would allows to share a little of this ancient know-how and provide at the same time a pleasant visit in a unique environment. The Pereira de Fonseca Family personally invites and welcomes you at Quinta do Sanguinhal. On your visit, you will travel through 100 years of Portuguese wine making. The visit can be done in, portuguese, english, german, french and spanish.


More information: http://www.vinhos-sanguinhal.pt/index.php/en

29 km / 30 minutes by car

Standup Paddling

If you are on holiday in the Silver Coast area and looking for a great new watersport activity then the Obidos lagoon adventure is perfect for you. Whilst SUP is promoted as easy, you will not have much fun out on the water if you don’t invest in a proper lesson. This would be at least 30 minutes instruction on the beach before even entering the water. During this instruction, trainers will take you through flatwater skills, teach you about the ocean and how to SUP safely in different environments. The Lagoon is a tidal salt water lagoon surrounded by the villages Bom Sucesso, Perola da Lagoa, Foz do Arelho and Nadadouro, working with the best conditions is vital to having the best time out on the water and not finding yourself in an unsuitable area affected by tides or currents.

 

More information: http://www.supxscape.com/

9 km / 15 minutes by car

Praça de Frutas - Caldas da Rainha

Looking for fresh fruits and vegetables? You must then visit this daily fruit and vegetables market, every morning at the Praça de República in  Caldas da Rainha. According to some historical publications, this fruit and vegatable market goes back to the 15th century. Early morning, local farmers gather on the square to build up their stands and market usually takes place till around 10:30/11:00 am. The best choice available is early morning immediately after the market opens around 09:00.

 

More information: http://pracadafruta.pt/

30 km / 30 minutes by car

Parque Dom Carlos I - Caldas da Rainha

This delightful, centrally located park is the main green space in Caldas da Rainha. The paths through the flowerbeds and trees make for a pleasant walk. The "Museu José Malhoa" sits in the middle of the park. Visitors can rent a rowboat to circumnavigate the small lake surrounding a petite island. The boathouse is now used for small art exhibitions, as is the ''Ceu de Vidro'', a skylight-covered alleyway between two old building connecting the park to the thermal hospital. The park contains numerous statues and sculptures, some of historical figures. The ''Pavilhão do Parque'' are several interconnected structures that have served various purposes in the past. These lovely buildings, which serve as a sort of emblem of the park, have unfortunately been allowed to degrade and are on the verge of ruin. Their beauty, however, is still evident, and their reflection on the lake makes for a popular photo opportunity. 


More information: https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parque_D._Carlos_I

30 km / 30 minutes by car

Bacalhoa Buddha Eden  

Join us for a visit of the Quinta dos Loridos, where the impressive Buddha Eden - the largest oriental garden in Europe, can be found. From Buddhas, pagodas, terracotta statues and the various carefully-placed sculptures which can be found throughout the gardens, it is estimated that some six thousand tons of marble and granite were used to create this monumental work of art. The central staircase is the focal point of the garden, where the golden Buddhas offer you a calm welcome. At the central lake, KOI (Japanese carp) fish can be seen, and sculpted dragons rise out of the water. There is also the opportunity to see the six hundred hand-painted terracotta soldiers, each of them unique copies of those which were buried some 2,200 years ago.

 

More information: http://www.bacalhoa.pt/enoturismo/bacalhoa-buddha-eden

27 km / 30 minutes by car

KIRO Kartodromo do Oeste  

In Need for Speed during your vacation at the Silver Coast? For all you speed freaks, you have got to visit this karting circuit. Friendly staff who are very helpful. The track itself is pretty long with hi-speed corners, a couple of straights, some hairpins and some hilly bits. It is a great karting set-up. A good safety briefing is done and then you were away. They have a range of karts to suits different ages or experience levels.

 

More information: http://www.kiro-karting.com

27 km / 30 minutes by car

Our Lady of Fátima  

Celebrating its centenary in 2017, the Shrine at Fátima is one of the most important landmarks in the Marian worship, drawing pilgrims from all over the world. The location of the Shrine of Fátima, at Cova da Iria, had until 1917 been an unknown place in the municipality of Ourém, in the parish of Fátima. That year, a religious event changed its history and importance for ever, when three little shepherds, Jacinta and her two cousins, Francisco and Lúcia, witnessed successive apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary. Initially looked at with suspicion by the Church, albeit cherished by the people, the phenomenon was not acknowledged by the Bishop of Leiria until 1930. From then onwards, the development of the village boomed, leading to Fátima being given town status, in 1977, and city status in 1997.

 

More information: https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/fatima-a-journey-to-the-altar-of-the-world

100 km / 1 hr 15 minutes by car

Óbidos  

The mediaeval town of Óbidos is one of the most picturesque and well preserved in Portugal. Quite close to the capital and located on high ground near the Atlantic coast, Óbidos has had a strategic importance in the territory. It had already been settled prior to the Romans’ arrival in the Iberian Peninsula, and the town prospered after being chosen by the royal family. King Dinis offered it to his wife, Queen Isabel, in the 13th century, and it became part of Casa das Rainhas (Queens’ Estate), who improved and enriched it throughout the various dynasties. You will find a well preserved castle within the walls, and a maze of streets and white houses that are a delight to stroll amongst. The colourful window boxes and the small squares, many fine examples of religious and civil architecture from the town’s golden days provide a host of reasons for making a visit.

 

More information: https://www.visitportugal.com/en/node/73768

20 km / 25 minutes by car

Surfcamps Baleal  

The mediaeval town of Óbidos is one of the most picturesque and well preserved in Portugal. Quite close to the capital and located on high ground near the Atlantic coast, Óbidos has had a strategic importance in the territory. It had already been settled prior to the Romans’ arrival in the Iberian Peninsula, and the town prospered after being chosen by the royal family. King Dinis offered it to his wife, Queen Isabel, in the 13th century, and it became part of Casa das Rainhas (Queens’ Estate), who improved and enriched it throughout the various dynasties. You will find a well preserved castle within the walls, and a maze of streets and white houses that are a delight to stroll amongst. The colourful window boxes and the small squares, many fine examples of religious and civil architecture from the town’s golden days provide a host of reasons for making a visit..

 

More information: http://www.balealsurfcamp.com/

15 km / 20 minutes by car

Reserva Natural das Berlengas

At a distance of around 10 km from Peniche, the Berlengas Archipelago is a natural haven maintained in a virtually unspoilt state. Constituted by three groups of small islands - Estelas, Farilhões and Berlenga - the zone maintains extensive undergrowth, including unique species such as the Armeria berlegensis and Herniaria berlengiana, whose names indicate their origin. Many bird species find an ideal refuge here in order to nidify or as a stopping point in their migration routes. By far the most apparent presence is that of seagulls, which can be seen everywhere. Endangered species can also be seen such as the puffin, which resembles a small penguin and has been chosen as the symbol of a Nature Reserve. The protected area also covers an important 985-hectare marine reserve, with a highly diversified range of animal life.


More information: http://www.natural.pt/portal/en/AreaProtegida/Item/18

20 km / 30 minutes by car + 40 minutes by boat

Sintra - UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Cultural Landscape of Sintra encompasses a narrow mountainous strip with an ensemble of gardens, parks, and monuments. The Royal Court established itself here because of its cool temperatures. Villa’s and gardens were designed, reaching its height in the 19th century. The town of Sintra still retains its essentially medieval layout, with narrow and labyrinthine streets, steps and arcades. It is, however, dominated by the Palacio Nacional, its main architectural feature and the most fascinating regal construction in Portugal. This is a palace that was not created just once nor in just one period, but instead is the result of a harmonious and seductive assembly of different parks, built in successive phases and in a variety of styles. Sintra is on the list of World Heritage Sites since 1995.

 

More information: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/723

110 km / 1 hr 20 minutes by car

Lisbon

Lisbon is the stunning capital city of Portugal, and is one of the most charismatic and vibrant cities of Western Europe. It is a city that effortlessly blends traditional heritage, with striking modernism and progressive thinking.  Lisbon city perfectly reflects the Portuguese culture, which embraces modern culture whilst maintaining its unique heritage and traditions. Lisbon is constantly recognised as one of the greatest cities in the world, a claim confirmed by the “Lonely Planet Guides", which named Lisbon as one of the top 10 cities in the world to visit. Also Lisbon has a UNESCO World Heritage listing. This serial World Heritage property comprises the Monastery of the Hieronymites and the Tower of Belém, located on the shore of the Tagus River at the entrance to the port of Lisbon.

 

More information: https://lisbon-portugal-guide.com/index.html

100 km / 1 hr 20 minutes by car

Porto

Porto is a fascinating and vibrant city that is rapidly becoming one of Western Europe’s most respected tourist destinations. The city boasts an extensive history, interesting tourist attractions and a buzzing nightlife. There is a lot to see and do in Porto and the city will appeal to a wide range of different visitors. Porto is a historic and varied city, from the warren of narrow streets that make up the ancient Ribeira district through to the grand plazas of the Avenida dos Aliados. The region is famed for the production of Port, which is still stored in the vast cellars that stretch along the banks of the mighty Douro River. The historical center of Porto is also on the UNESCO World Heritage list.


More information: http://portoportugalguide.com/index.html

260 km / 2 hr 30 minutes by car