The villa is tastefully decorated and designed / equipped to a high standard with good levels of comfort within very spacious settings. The front of the villa has a modern clean design, but is essentially still a very Portuguese house. It has a front drive that leads up to a car port and the main entrance. The kitchen has all the conveniences and is large, open plan, bright & airy and seamlessly connects to the rest of the house. The lounge, that faces out onto the rear garden and pool area gets plenty of natural light through large French windows with a dining area for 8 to the far side, for those sumptuous meals enjoyed with friends and family.
Just outside the kitchen and main entrance, is a spacious covered BBQ and dining area that can seat 20 people and is absolutely ideal for taking evening meals, al fresco, whilst you enjoy the superb evening sunshine. The other outside area near the pool is also spacious and inviting. Moving along the side of the villa is an open terrace which has ample room for sun loungers and seating room for at least 8 and is very secure and private.
Located as it is, 35 minutes northwest of Lisbon, the villa is within a short 5 minute drive to all the amenities. The nearest beach is less than 5 miles away at Areia Branca; which has some great surfing spots and beautiful sandy beach. The nearest major surfing beaches are at Baleal or Nazare just 15 minutes away. There are 5 supermarkets, banks, loads of restaurants and plenty of shops just minutes away in Lourinha which also has some lovely cafes, shops and restaurants where you can enjoy local and International cuisine for lunch and dinner. The nearest town of São Bartolomeu de Galegos has a few shops where you can do grocery shopping and sample some nice local restaurants and cafes bars.
The Silver Coast of Portugal has managed to avoid the over development and over-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 busy 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.
For the younger guests, the town of Foz do Arelho has the Silver Coast’s largest and best known night club 'Greenhill', whilst further up the coast in the town of Nazare you will find a vibrant nightlife of fine restaurants, cafes and bars.
The other famous towns of Fatima, Alcobaça, Batalha and Tomar are all about an hour’s drive northeast from the villa and are most enjoyable for their architecture and colourful history. Fatima is home to one of Catholicism’s most holy shrines and Basilicas that was designed and built in the early 20th century and millions of pilgrims visit there each year.
Tomar has a magnificent old Templar fortress on the hill surrounded by acres of terraced gardens, natural springs and orange groves. A part of the monument has been used as a convent for some years but most parts are open to the public.
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.
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.