The Silver Coast is compared to the Algarve of fifteen years ago and is now attracting a wealth of investment with leading developers and hotel operators such as Hilton, Campo Real and Marriot moving into the area. There are brand new shopping centres and international schools providing relocation options as well as supporting the holiday trade.
Nazaré is the most popular destination and has been popular for many years. It has a long and wide sandy beach lined by bars, restaurants and shops. On top of Nazaré is ‘Sitio’ – where the original inhabitants established the village. This place must be seen, its square is surrounded by a magnificent church on one side and an outstanding view on the other – unless you are afraid of heights.
The ladies (typically the older ones) still wear the traditional Nazaré costumes with short skirts (of seven layers!) and long stockings. With plans to build a new Marina, this will bring Nazaré a new sophisticated taste.
São Martinho do Porto just ten minutes south of Nazaré is quieter and geared up for younger families or those seeking beauty with peace and quiet. It has a unique horseshoe bay which is protected from the Atlantic allowing the bay’s waters to be warmer and gentler.
The whole coast has sandy beaches everywhere you look and has become very much a surfer spot. One of the other sporting options is golf and Praia del Rey, just south of Nazaré and São Martinho do Porto was recently voted the best golf resort in Europe.