Portugal's Costa Prata, (Silver Coast)
sports the longest coastline in the country. Boasting ample hotel accommodation, lodging, villa rentals, vacation rentals, and condo rentals, the area is a year round sportsman’s paradise. With its mountains, forests, glacial lakes, spring waters, rivers, and the Atlantic Coast, the area is a magnet for the outdoors enthusiast. Golfing is a popular pastime, with well groomed courses such as the Campo Real course
and many others throughout the region. Mountain biking, hiking, fishing, camping, and boating are available for tourists to enjoy. For cyclists, hikers, and mountain bikers, camping accommodations are readily available. The Costa Prata
with its mild temperatures and beautiful white sandy beaches offers visitors the choice of exciting water sports or the calming effects of seaside curative springs.
The region boasts many medieval towns, monasteries, villas, convents, castles and archaeological sites. Imagine leaving your vacation rental, condo rental, villa rental or hotel accommodation in Coimbra
and walking to see Portugal’s oldest university founded in 1290
and its marvelous baroque library. Many of the cities and towns of the Costa Prata are filled with history, towns such as Leiria
which hosts a remarkable restored castle, while Alcobaca
is home to the impressive Monastery of Santa Maria
founded in 1153
The people of the Costa Prata are welcoming, and enjoy showcasing their traditions and festivals. They love to incorporate their regional specialties of cheese, sausage and mountain honeys into their cuisine. Cuisine strongly influenced by the regions Bairrada wines
and mouth watering sweets. Hotel accommodations, vacation rentals, and villa rentals can be found in all the towns and cities in the region. The Costa Prata is home to porcelain and crystal, as well as traditional art treasures. Featuring many attractions the Silver Coast
is a wonderful place to find a villa rental and explore. The Caramulo Mountains
are an enchanting area filled with peaks and valleys; in the former Spa town of Caramulo
tourists visit the museum of vintage cars and an art collection that contains works by Picasso, Dali
and other modern masters. No trip would be complete without a visit to Fatima, one of the most important Marian centers of pilgrimage in the catholic world, the Basilica and Capelinha das Aparicoes
attracting thousands of pilgrims every year.
The Costa Prata also offers great wines, local dining in restaurants like the Adega do Fidalogo
, or international cuisine at the Pousada da Ria
, theatre, shopping for arts, crafts, gifts and in the evening, an exciting nightlife. Leave your vacation rental after sunset and join the locals and tourists alike as the play in the lively bars, cafes, and discos of the region.
Whether you’re a couple looking for a romantic week or a family on vacation, the Costa Prata
is a lively, welcoming and exciting place to visit.