Obidos Villa Rental at Obidos Lagoon, Portugal- Sightseeing

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The holiday villa is a one-hour drive north from Lisbon Airport along the A8 Lisbon to Leiria toll motorway.

Both British Airways and TAP, the national airline of Portugal, have frequent daily flights between London and Lisbon and low cost carriers, such as EasyJet have flights from Luton, Gatwick and Manchester.

Car hire is essential. Useful low cost car hire web sites include:

Auto Europe.

To avoid paying the high insurance for excess car rental take out separate insurance:

Insurance 4 Car Hire.

Questor Insurance.


The holiday villa is on the edge of Foz do Arelho village (5 minutes by car), a popular resort of Portugal adjacent to the extensive Obidos lagoon and Atlantic ocean beaches. Foz do Arelho has shops, a bank and a number of bars and restaurants.

A car is required although it is possible to walk to Obidos Lagoon in about 15 minutes. A local taxi service is also available.

Ten minutes away by car is the local regional centre and spa town of Caldas da Rainha which has several hypermarkets, a wide range of other shopping, including daily fruit & vegetable market, banks, a post office, hospital and many bars and restaurants. English is widely spoken.

Regional Map (.PDF opens in a new window)


The holiday villa lies within easy reach of a wide variety of historical and other sights. Caldas da Rainha has an ancient spa and is renowned for its pottery. Slightly further afield are the impressive monasteries of Alcobaca, Batalha and Tomar. Most spectacular, however, is the medieval walled town of Obidos, a national monument dating back to the Moorish occupation of Portugal and now a UNESCO protected site. Largely unchanged over the centuries, its narrow whitewashed houses and cobbled streets have a charm remarkably unaffected by tourism.

Other local places of interest include the cliff top redoubt at Nazare, the fishing port at Peniche and the new resort of Praia D'el Rey. The local tourist office has developed a wine tour featuring vineyards and wine producers in the Estramadura region.

Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with much of historical interest and a wide range of restaurants from Michelin starred to simple cafes serving some of the finest fish in the world.

West of Lisbon are the smart holiday resort towns of Estoril and Cascais and the fascinating old town of Sintra with magnificent old royal palaces. All are well worth visiting.

Official Portugal Tourism Web Site.

Costa de Prata. Introduction to the region and towns.

abides official web site.

Caldas da Rainha introduction.

Event diary for the region.


The area surrounding the holiday villa is ideal for water sports in the safe, sheltered Obidos Lagoon with sailing, jet skis and wind surfing available. Water sports complexes are situated in Peniche and just to the north of Nazare and the area has a number of wide sandy beaches: south at Baleal, at Foz do Arelho itself and north at Sao Martinho and Nazare. Other locally available sports include fishing, tennis and horse riding. The region features a number of golf courses including the championship course at Praia D'el Rey with its 5 star Marriot Hotel and Spa complex. Other courses are located at Bom Successo, Royal Obidos, Quinta Brincal near to Rio Maior, at Vimeiro on the coast and, south of Torres Vedras at the Westin Groupís Campo Real development.

Golf courses of Portugal.

Reduced Round of Golf Price opportunity.

Surfing Classes at Peniche.

Surfing Classes at Lisbon & Peniche.


Sailing & Wind Surfing at Obidos Lagoon.

Wine Tours.

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