There is so much to do in the area of Terra dos Anjos. A week vacation is too short to see everything. There is a beautiful site with lots of information about the area where you want to refer to. https://www.costadeprata.info/en or https://www.centerofportugal.com/
São Martinho do Porto (7 min)
São Martinho do Porto is a charming and cosy Portuguese seaside village. It is traditionally ‘the place to be’ for beachgoers from, among others, Lisbon. The shell-shaped bay is connected to the ocean through a narrow opening between rocky hills. Around the bay is a wide sandy beach and easily accessible to everyone. That is why this beach is also called Praia das Crianças, the children’s beach.
In summer there are blue and white striped square tents along the bay that you can rent to store your belongings and find some shade. On the north side of the bay is the harbour. The bay is bordered by a lively sunny boulevard that connects to a wooden footpath through the dunes to Salir. Ideal for a lovely walk!
Salir do Porto (5 min)
Terra dos Anjos is located 2.5 kilometers below Salir do Porto. In Salir do Porto a small river flows into the bay of Sao Martinho do Porto. There is a large climbing dune where you can enjoy running down. There are beautiful walking and cycling routes. Salir do Porto has several restaurants, a supermarket, a post office, a train station, an outdoor pool and of course a lovely beach where fishing with rods. Highly recommended is the long deck path, which makes a walk along the entire bay possible.
Foz do Arelho/lagoon (5 min)
The largest saltwater lake in Europe. Foz do Arelho has a cosy beach, several restaurants and a boulevard with beach bars. On the other side of the lagoon is a vast sandy beach that is very quiet. On the lagoon you can practice several water sports, such as windsurfing / kite surfing, sailing, suppen. There is a surf school there. See http://escoladeveladalagoa.com/. You can walk along the lagoon, and bird watching. In the spring and autumn there are flamingos.
Nazaré (20 min)
Best-known beach resort on the Costa de Prata/silver coast. The main beach of Nazaré is sheltered behind a high cliff. In the shelter of this cliff, one lies out of the wind, and in summer there is a guarded beach, so that in good weather you can swim in the ocean. Characteristic are in high season the booths of tent canvas that you can rent to store your belongings or sit in the shade. Nazaré is also loved by the Portuguese themselves, who then the weekends and summer holidays come to spend. the wide beach, with fine sand, is large enough to accommodate everyone. In the high season there are various activities organized on the beach, also for the youth. If you find the beach too crowded during the high season, you will find more – almost deserted – beaches, such as Praia do Norte, further on, towards the harbour, or on the north side of the rock of Sítio. Here you have all the space you need.
World record wave surfing
The beach of Nazaré is long and wide, an ideal place for a day at the beach. But beware: the sea is very rough. Praia do Norte is known for its huge high waves. The American Garrett McNamara established in 2011 at Praia do Norte a new world record: he rode a wave of 23.77 meters high! This world record has been improved last year by Rodrigo Koxa who surfed on a wave of 24.38 meters.
Peniche/Berlenga Island (40 min)
On both sides of the Peniche peninsula you will find several beaches. These beaches are very popular with surfers because of the great waves. In Peniche you can take a boat to Berlenga Island. There you can snorkel and walk on the island. If you are lucky you can see dolphins on your way to the island. Peniche has beautiful extended surf beaches and is 40 minutes drive from Terra dos Anjos.
Óbidos (15 min)
Óbidos is a fortified town, situated on a hill and completely surrounded by high walls. Óbidos once lay by the sea, and was therefore of strategic importance, which explains its high location and high walls. Óbidos, which in its entirety has been declared a monument, consists of a maze of nice streets with white houses, shops, and restaurants. The wall around it is still completely intact, so it is possible to walk all the way around the town.
Traditional salt production in Rio Maior (30 min)
In Rio Maior, salt is still extracted from the salt pans (Salinas) in a traditional way, it is said “the best flor de sal”. Very interesting to see how the salt is extracted and how the wooden houses with wooden ditches, where the workers used to live, are constructed around the salt extraction. These date back to Roman times. There are several “salt” products for sale.
Fátima (45 min)
One of the largest places of pilgrimage in the world. Whether you are religious or not, this place is absolutely impressive.
Parque Natural das Serras de Aire e Candeeiros (40 min)
Would you like to discover a genuine Portugal where you can admire amazing landscapes, visit the most beautiful cave in Portugal and explore walking routes in the middle of the nature? Go to the beautiful Serras de Aire e Candeeiros Nature Park.
With a total area of 35 000 hectares, Serras de Aire e Candeeiros Nature Park was created in 1979, covering over two thirds of Estremadura’s limestone massif, the biggest limestone area in Portugal.
The park is composed of two mountain regions (of which the park was named after) and of the plateaus of Santo António and São Mamede.
While you hike through the park you’ll notice several stone walls, known as chouços, used to divide the properties and to gather the cattle. You’ll also come across with some small huts that the shepherds used to protect themselves against bad weather.
Aside from the beautiful landscapes, you’ll discover some of the 1500 incredible caves hidden throughout the park.
Mira de Aire caves were elected in 2010 as one of the 7 natural wonders of Portugal. It is a complex of rare beauty that stretches of 11 km but you can only visit the first 600 metres.
Serras de Aire e Candeeiros Nature Park is a paradise for hiking lovers. There are over 16 routes (spanning between 2 and 15 km) that will allow you to discover the wonders of this beautiful park.
See: https://www.costadeprata.info/nl/bezienswaardig/world-heritages No less than 5 of the 14 Portuguese world heritage sites can be found here:
- Monastery of Alcobaça. (30 min. drive, and the largest wine museum of Portugal is also there)
- Monastery of Batalha. (45 min drive)
- Cultural landscape of Sintra with many beautiful palaces. (1.10 hours drive)
- Templar castle of Tomar. (1.15 hours drive)
- University of Coimbra. (1.12 hours drive, and Conímbriga, the best preserved Roman settlement in Portugal)
- In addition, there is on the ‘Tentative List’, sites that are nominated to be put on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Such as:
- Historical centre of Santarém. (43 min drive)
- Palace, monastery and royal hunting ground of Mafra. (50 min drive)
If you want to learn more about the culture and gastronomy of Portugal, then it is definitely worth visiting this website: https://www.visitportugal.com