5 different experieces for an unforgettable Holiday in Portugal
Portugal's Silvercoast is renowned as a traditional family holiday destination with stunning Beaches, many Golf resorts and it's numerous child friendly bars and restaurants. But there is so much more on offer! So here are some ideas for a slightly different experience.
Listen to Fado in Coimbra or Lisbon -or both!
The Portuguese traditional music Fado now has a much wider audience thanks to the international success of artist Mariza.
The Silvercoast is geographically located between two rival schools, with both Coimbra to the immediate north and Lisbon an hour to the South battling it out for the recognition as Fado's spiritual home. Whether it's sat outdoors listening to a group of students from Coimbra University improvising or listening to a professional "fadista" whilst enjoying a meal in one of Lisbon's specialist Fado restaurants it's an unforgettable experience - we will leave it up to you to decide which you prefer!
Portugal's Silvercoast is already well known to anyone with a remote interest in history due to the popularity of places such as Sintra, Obidos and of course Fatima. But here we list a few other destinations well worth visiting and without the crowds!
Almourol is simply the most romantic castle imaginable located on an island in the middle of the Tagus river, Tomar has a fascinating Templar history whilst the lines of Torres Vedras played a decisive part in the defeat of Napoleon. The monastery at Alcobaça houses the remains of the tragic protagonists of Portugal's real life Romeo and Juliet love story whilst Lisbon just oozes history at every turn. Fun and learning for everyone during your Portugal Holiday!
I bet you never knew that Portugal had an abundance of underground treasures to explore - but it does!
The whole Silver Coast Region has an extensive network of caves and although most are only accessible to hardened potholers the easiest and arguably the most impressive to visit are those located at Mira De Aire, less than an hour's drive from your Portugal Villa.
Catch a Football match.
The stadiums of the two major Lisbon teams Benfica and Sporting are each less than an hour's drive from any of our Silvercoast rental properties. Benfica are true European giants having dominated in the 60's an 70's due to a certain Eusebio and have reached the Champions League final on 7 occasions. Their neighbours Sporting are renowned for producing world class talent such as Luis Figo, João Moutinho and of course Cristiano Ronaldo. The current crop of youngsters are hugely promising and entertaining to watch.
Tickets are easy to acquire and access to the stadiums is simple. For any football fan a midweek Champions League game is a must!
Learn to Windsurf or Paddleboard
Portugal's Atlantic coast has long been a destination for professional surfers and wind surfers. In fact the world surfing championships are held at Baleal and the largest wave ever surfed was recorded at Nazaré, both surfing Mecca's located on the Silver Coast.
Yet it is also the perfect destination for amateurs wanting to learn. The safe nature of the Obidos Lagoon at Foz do Arelho and the calm waters of the bay at São Martinho do Porto are perfect for beginners or those who aren't yet ready to face the fury of the Atlantic.