São Martinho is a pretty resort on Portugal’s Silver Coast with a quiet bay protected from the Atlantic by a headland and small entrance to the bay. This seaside town is able to offer a variety of activities on or near the beach – safe bathing, a children’s playground, an extensive promenade stretching the length of the beach, fishing, windsurfing, hiking and cycling.
There is an excellent range of cafes, bars and restaurants around the promenade and some particularly good fish restaurants in the old harbour area. A daily market is located in the old part of town where you can find wonderful fresh fish, fruit and vegetables and also a number of traditional bakeries, butchers, local grocery shops and small supermarkets. A larger Intermarche supermarket has recently opened on the perimeter of the town and there are hypermarkets in the nearby towns of Caldas da Rainha & Nazare.
Here is a map of the area. You can click on the pins to see the various local places of interest. Further down the page, you will find more information about them and links to photo galleries.
There are many beaches and golf courses in the area surrounding São Martinho and numerous historical and cultural sites which are easily accessible.
First and foremost are the stretches of excellent beaches. To the south of São Martinho is the old fishing port of Peniche, now a popular resort for surfers, scuba divers, kite surfers and windsurfers where the famous Baleal beach hosts International surfing competitions. Further south and close to Lisbon is the Estoril coast with its sophisticated twin resort towns of Estoril and Cascais. To the north is the busy seaside resort of Nazare with a funicular up the 110 metre rock face for a breathtaking viewpoint at the top. Further north is the town of Aveiro and the nearby Sao Jacinto Nature Reserve.
The following golf courses are all within a 30 minute drive - the famous Praia D’el Rey, Rio Maior (Golden Eagle), Torres Vedras (Vimeiro), Peniche (Atlantico) and Obidos Bom Sucesso (Golfe das Olivereiras).
Historic & Cultural
The area has a rich cultural heritage, much influenced over the centuries by the Moors & the Catholic church. Heading inland there is the nearby fortified mediaeval town of Óbidos, the holy shrine of Fatima and the magnificent monasteries and stunning gothic architecture of Alçobaca and Batalha which are all within a 30 minute drive.
To the south there is the modern cosmopolitan capital city of Lisbon, brimming with cultural attractions such as St Georges Castle, Jeronimos Monastery and the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum. On the outskirts of Lisbon lies the beautiful town of Sintra with its fairytale Royal palaces - a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site on account of its 19th century Romantic architecture.
Further north is Porto, Portugal’s second city, magnificently situated at the mouth of the river Douro. You can walk around its historic centre which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, enjoy a river cruise or simply sip a glass of port while relaxing & enjoying the view.