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OBIDOS LAGOON AREA
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
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SILVER COAST HOLIDAY SIGHTSEEING
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
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.
Portugal Tourism Web Site.
de Prata. Introduction to the region and towns.
official web site.
da Rainha introduction.
diary for the region.
OBIDOS LAGOON HOLIDAY RECREATION
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
courses of Portugal.
of Golf Price opportunity.
Classes at Peniche.
Classes at Lisbon & Peniche.
& Wind Surfing at Obidos Lagoon.
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