The Silver Coast is the jewel in Portugal’s crown which stretches 150km of wonderful white sand with dreamlike turquoise sea, rolling countryside and traditional charming villages. It is prized with an extraordinary concentration of history, tradition, culture, golf, World Heritage Sites and gastronomy.
The best known resort in the Silver Coast lies on the southern shores of the Obidos lagoon. It is a world class golfing destination with fantastic courses to choose from including the famed Royal Obidos Course designed by Seve Balesteros, Bom Successo designed by Donald Steel and Praia D’el Rey designed by Cabell B. Robinson.
A paradise for the surfer from the beginners surf in Peniche and Foz do Arelho where there are schools and camps and also perfect for the surf lover and kite surf. Peniche and Praia do Medao at Supertubos beach is ideal for the pro-surf whereas the extreme surfer will be ideally challenged at Nazereth.
Flying into Lisbon and driving the A8 Motorway, the Silver Coast is easily accessed in just over an hour from Portugal’s capital, Lisbon.
Cascais is the finest resort town and a delightful Portuguese fishing town and Lisbon’s most popular holiday destination. The town is situated on the beautiful Silver Coast line, known for its outstanding tourist facilities. During the summer it is a bustling resort with a buzzing holiday atmosphere. An elegant fusion of decorative 19th Century architecture with Portuguese sophisticated charm, prosperous ambiance and a touch of class.
Must see on The Silver Coast
Watersports all year
Along the coastline that goes on for miles and miles you can jump in the stunning waters of lagoons. You can go underwater and explore the deep sea or stay above and ride the tide with a jet-ski or kayak.
See the breaking waves of Nazaré
Nazaré is a bustling and vibrant holiday destination, which attracts a diversity of nationalities and range of ages for its World-class surf championships called “Rip Curl” and biggest surf waves “in the world”. Nazaré became known in 2011 when Garret McNamara, a famous Hawaiian surfer, caught a wave of 23.8 meters (78 ft) at Praia do Norte, entering Guinness Book of Records as the largest wave ever ridden, until 2017 when Brasilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa surf the biggest wave of 24.4 meters (80 ft) and won the Quiksilver XXL Biggest Wave prize. In the meantime, Portuguese surfer Hugo Vau surfed a potentially 35 m (115 ft) high wave, known as “the big mama”, on 19 January 2018. This achievement is yet to be validated.
Today, Nazaré is now home to three Guinness World Records: biggest wave ever surfed (Rodrigo Koxa), largest wave ever ridden by a woman (Maya Gabeira), and biggest wave ever ridden by a kitesurfer (Nuno “Stru” Figueiredo).
The beautiful and secluded Berlengas Islands are situated 10 km west of the fishing town of Peniche and are home to the nature reserve Arquipélago das Berlengas. Berlengas is the only inhabited island.
In 2011 UNESCO classified Berlengas as the “World Biosphere Reserve”, which is indicative of the rich fauna and flora that can be found on the islands. You can visit the largest of the three islands, the Berlenga Grande, walk the trails; take a boat tour of the caves; visit Fort St. John, the Baptist, or the Duke of Bragança Lighthouse.
Historically the islands were notorious for shipwrecks and pirates. There was even a 16th-century monastery built here to rescue shipwrecked sailors, but was soon abandoned due to constant raids. The Berlengas Islands are part of a dramatic natural landscape and feature the most beautiful fort in Portugal, while the crystal clear seas are teeming with sea life.
The medieval town of Óbidos is one of the most picturesque and well preserved old towns in Portugal. Placed close to the capital and located on high ground near the Atlantic coast, Óbidos has had a strategic importance in the territory. It had already been settled prior to the Romans’ arrival in the Iberian Peninsula, and the town prospered after being chosen by the royal family.
Historically, Obidos was presented to the Queen of Portugal on her wedding day, a tradition that began with Queen Urraca in 1214 and continued until the 19th century. This royal patronage has left an enduring legacy of pride within the town, and today it is one of the most characterful towns of central Portugal. Up until the 15th century, there was a natural harbour on the western side of Obidos and ships would moor at the base of the battlements.
The coastline was altered dramatically from the 15th century due to a tsunami and ferocious winter storms. These powerful natural forces formed sandbars that reduced the flow of water to the harbour and formed the present coastline which is 10km to the west of Obidos.