Alentejo is the least populated region of Portugal. This vast, gently undulated landscape, with a sparse vegetation of mostly cork oaks and olive trees, and occasional quinta or ruin atop a hill resembles savannah, is a place to see when discovering Portugal. The summers are usually very hot but spring and late summer would be an ideal time to visit the in-land Alentejo. Many Adegas (cellars) also run boutique hotels, so you can take part of the wine harvest, or taste the flavours of their local produce.
Restaurants at the Silver Coast
For all of those who enjoy holidays this year on the Portuguese Silver Coast we have selected three restaurants with great views of the Ocean and the Obidos Lagoon.
Rio Cortiço Lagoa
Faro, located in the middle of the southern coast of Portugal, is the perfect gateway to the Algarve. For most visitors arriving from abroad, Faro is a place in which people arrive but quickly leave to reach their actual holiday destination in this beautiful coast of Portugal. But those who take the time to explore the city itself or the beaches close by are in for a pleasant surprise.
Portugal has become well known as a great surf destination. After years of hesitation I decided it was time to try this activity, too. Peniche, as I was told, is the best surf location for its variety of beaches and excellent waves, and is regarded one of the best surf spots in Europe. After all it hosts the yearly Rip Curl. I joined Drop Surf Center, the school of Nelson Silva, who has been an excellent surfer for 16 years and teaches surf for over 9 years.
Today’s Caldas da Rainha is a vibrant town housing commercial centers, shops, public services, museums and parks and where history and modern life go hand in hand. Shopping in Caldas, as called by the locals, is a great fun, too. Explore the shoe, bag and fashion stores on the main shopping streets along Praça da Republica, or in the Vivaci indoor shopping center.
Solar Dos Presuntos: Lissabon - Traditional Portuguese
Solar Dos Presuntos (House of hams) is located nearby the famous boulevard hosting luxury brand stores Avenida da Liberdade. This lively restaurant offers traditional portuguese dishes. And they must do it well since the restaurant is always full. We advise to try the black rice with shelfish. Reservations needed.
Supxcape is a school for stand up paddle boarding located on the Silver Coast, about 80 km north of Lisbon. Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is a great outdoor activity to experience nature at your feet and have fun. For those who have never SUPed before paddling at the Obidos Lagoon is a fantastic introduction to the sport in a wonderful location and can be enjoyed by anyone from 8 years old and valid swimming diploma.
The 12th International Chocolate Festival 2014 has started today in Obidos (the festival dates are from 14 March till 6 April)
Every year over 200 thousand visitors come to Óbidos Portugal for the sole purpose of enjoying of the world's most popular ingredient. Besides trying different kinds of chocolates and desserts, visitors can sign up for cooking courses and watch as national and international professionals and amateurs compete for the many different prizes promoted during these 12 days.
Buddha Eden Garden, or Jardim de Paz (Garden of Peace) is a landscaped park of about 35 hectares around Quinta dos Loridos designed as a response to the Taliban’s barbaric destruction of the Giant Bamyan Buddhas in central Afganistan. Next to enjoying the tranquility of the oriental gardens, you can also taste wine of Quinta dos Loridos or observe the harvest of the bark from the cork oak trees.
A trip to Alcobaca, located about 40 km north of Obidos on A8, will make a nice day trip if you stay on the Costa da Prata. The well-known Monastery of Santa Maria d’Alcobaca, inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage Site list, was founded in the 12th century. Its monumental size, the purity of its architectural style, the beauty of the materials and the care with which it was built make this a masterpiece of Cistercian Gothic art.