Portugal is the westernmost country of Europe and has a population of 10.5 million people. Stretching from Lisbon to Fiqueira da Foz, Portugal’s Costa de Prata (Silver Coast) is a gem of largely undiscovered beauty and gets its name from the effect of the sun on the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Unlike its more commercial and populous cousin in the south of the country, here you can discover pretty villages and a more natural Portuguese way-of-life amongst stunning coastal scenery fringed with the best beaches in Europe. Small town and village life which surrounds the 5* resort of Praia del Rey may move at a different pace to that which you are used to at home and adjusting to this healthy pace is part of the pleasure of being on holiday.
Obidos is known as the “wedding present” town, as it is said to have been King Dinis’ gift to his wife, Queen Isabel, on their wedding day in 1282. From that time on until 1824, every successive Queen of Portugal was given Obidos as part of her King’s gift or dowry.
Fatima welcomes millions of devotees a year who come to pray at the site of a miraculous apparition of the Virgin Mary here in 1917. Three shepherd children had a vision of Mary, who reportedly reappeared on the 13th of each of six subsequent months calling for peace in the world. On the day of the final apparition a crowd of over 70,000 people had gathered and claimed to witness the Miracle of the Sun, when illnesses and disabilities were cured amongst the onlookers.
Sintra is dotted with fairytale palaces, incredible vistas, and notable museum collections. In the main square is the National Palace, dating from the 14th century, its two gigantic conical chimneys are the town's most recognizable landmarks.
Lisbon is set against the ever-present backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, this dainty sun-kissed city lives in a Latin fairytale of timeworn manners and traditions. Check out the century-old wooden trams and iron funiculars that still lurch and rumble their way among the seven steep hills over which this city lies.
Alcobaça is located in the valley of the Alcoa and Baça rivers and is famous for the monastery of Santa Maria de Alcobaça, which was founded in 1178 by the Cistercian order of monks. It also houses the tombs of the 14th century King Pedro and his murdered mistress Ines de Castro, whose doomed love story is legendary in Portuguese history.