The Silver Coast of Portugal has managed to avoid the over development and crass commercialisation of Portugal’s other major tourist resorts. Its beauty and charm has therefore gone undiscovered amongst visitors from Europe, but has always been popular with the Portuguese. The soft, sandy beaches on the Atlantic coastline are cherished by the local population and provide welcome relief from the bustle of city life. As those bustling resorts have become more crowded and expensive, the distinctiveness of the Silver Coast and all that it has to offer, stands in sharp relief, by offering a real slice of Portugal, superb stable weather and great facilities / amenities at affordable prices. It is not surprising therefore; that we are now seeing large numbers of European visitors, and some from far beyond, who are discovering what the Portuguese have known all along.
São Martinho do Porto is a little Silver Coast gem that sits along a horse-shoe bay just a few kilometres north of the other beautiful resort town of Foz do Arelho and just 10 km south of the ancient fishing village of Nazaré. Nestled in between these two towns’ lies beautiful São Martinho do Porto. Protected from the Atlantic by a naturally formed, shell shaped bay, this delightful resort town offers white sand and calm blue waters to a small but ever growing number of sun seekers. We can’t think of any reason why you would want to leave Sao Martinho, but it is an excellent base from which to explore the rest of the Silver Coast.
What sets São Martinho do Porto apart from most other towns is its’ relative tranquil waters, that makes it an instant favourite with families who have small children. The other wonderful thing about the place is how really close all the amenities are in relation to the apartment. Everything is literally accessible on foot and yet, despite this, the town is still so much quieter and more peaceful, even during the peak summer period, when you would normally expect a resort of this high quality to be noisy and a bit boisterous. The cobbled streets that surround the bay are home to a splendid selection of bars, cafes and restaurants that specialise in the freshest seafood and the warmest of welcomes.
The Un World heritage town of Obidos is home to some beautifully preserved medieval buildings within the walled bastion that has a history going back to the Roman occupation of the area confirmed by archaeological excavations that reveal the existence of a Roman city called Civitas near the hilltop on which the Obidos village and castle were established. This Roman settlement is most certainly the mysterious Eburobrittium.
The Obidos Lagoon and Bird Sanctuary are of national importance (a stunning location with elevated bird observatory and local bird list – accessible by travelling south along the A8 motorway) The are 78 resident species; 46 visiting species and 40 Migrants species so it is a most unusual treat for most. One other really popular use for the Obidos Lagoon, far removed from the sanctuary of course, are the many high-octane water sports it offers. You could spend the whole day water skiing, snorkelling, canoeing, paragliding or simply fishing quietly in some of the more quite sheltered spots along the lagoon. No fishing licence is required so you simply choose your spot at random and enjoy the beautiful and stress-free environment around you. There are a number of little restaurants nestled among the trees along the shoreline where you can get refreshments and also have lunch and dinner at superb low prices.
For Surfing enthusiasts, this stretch of Atlantic coastline has long been revered by the surfing community for the outstanding quality of its waves. Peniche is home to “supertubos” and the largest wave ever recorded, rose to 30 meters high near the charming fishing village of Nazaré in 2011.
If Golf is your thing, then you have a fantastic selection of 18-hole championship courses to choose from. Praia D'el Rey golf course, which was voted European Golf resort of the year 2007, is a 30 minute drive away and the Atlantic Golf course located in Peniche is about a 35 minute drive due south east from the apartment. In addition, we now have the superb new golfing complex of Bom Sucesso just 6 km away from Praia D’el Rei which offers unparalleled access to a whole range of other sporting activities and some fine restaurants and dining clubs.
Johansen Apartment is in close proximity to the A8 motorway which makes it easy and convenient to explore the whole area by car by striking north via Alcobaça and Batalha en-route to other well-known attractions such as Fatima and Tomar. If you were to travel south on the A8, then within a few minutes, you would arrive at Obidos, the old agricultural town Bombarral in the wine growing region north of Lourinha. The apartment is in the centre of town just over the railway track into the more tranquil zone. It is just a short walk to the beach and literally takes 10 minutes to get there. The beach area, which is alive with activity, has some good quality shops, cafes and bars along the promenade that is so convenient for visitors. Most Portuguese speak some English or French so communication is easy. Do experience some of the finest Portuguese cuisine and wines in town and most particularly the fresh sea food, including lobster, squid, prawns, sea bass and many other varieties. One of the great joys of visiting Portugal is that you can dine in most good places for under GBP £10/- per head for a 3 course meal. Most cafes will do light lunches that are the mainstay for the locals. The quick meals are usually for GBP £6/- or less depending on the wine you choose.
Lisbon Airport- 100 km (75 minutes driving) Porto Airport – 235 km. (2 hours’ & 10 minutes driving).
Changeover day: Saturday preferred, but flexible depending on flight times and booking period.
We ask you vacate the property by 11.00 am on departure day to allow for cleaning and preparation for the next guests arriving at 4.00 pm on arrival day.
-Bedroom 1 with double bed with fitted wardrobe, bedside tables and French windows leading to a balcony.
-Bedroom 2 with 2 single beds, fitted wardrobe, bedside table and access to a balcony.
-The lounge has a large sofa-bed that will sleep two adults comfortably.
All the bedrooms are on one level off the common lounge area and they are well presented, clean and fresh. The apartment receives plenty of natural light and enjoys fresh cool breezes during the summer.
-Bathroom 1 with bath/shower with WC and Bidet bowl.
- Fully fitted modern kitchen with cooker, hob, fridge, freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, toaster, kettle, coffee make and all other necessities for a comfortable stay.
Living rooms / Lounge:
- TV, DVD player, CD music player, coffee table and 2 large sofas with large dining table leading to patio area.
- There an iron and ironing board provided.
-The apartment has the use of a large communal pool to the back of the property. It is accessed using the service doors.
- Beautiful landscaped gardens leading to pool area with BBQ and communal children’s play area close to the pool.
-Broadband Internet is available with Wi-Fi.
Cleaning / towels / linen:
- Bath towels and bed linen are all included in the rental price (except for beach towels).
-Beach towels can be hired @ GBP £1.50 per towel per week so please consider ordering these with the owner during the booking process.
-Mid-vacation cleaning is not included in the rental charge but we can provide this service for an extra GBP £40.00 that we can deduct from your breakage deposit at the end of your stay.
-In case you do not want us to provide the mid-vacation clean, then we leave a fresh change of bed linen and towels in the closets for you.
- There is an extra end of vacation cleaning charge of GBP £50.00 which is reflected in our low rental tariff.
- The apartment has 4 teak wood patio chairs with wooden table and also 2 sun loungers. Kindly ensure that your do not remove these from the premises.