A heaven for surfers... that is what a last minute holiday on Costa de Prata, Portugal, is most representing of. Yet there are many aspects of this area that will enchant both young and old, and if the idea of fine food and wine, of fresh sea air sprinkled with the option of sleepless fun nights is appealing, the Silver Coast of Portugal is just the place you're looking for. Besides, a last minute holiday home on the Costa de Prata is also very affordable, and you're like 45 minutes away by car from Lisbon, which is obviously a whole other "side of the coin" that is worth exploring. Fishing, kite surfing, regular surfing, even golf courses, all in just a few kilometers of a scenic landscape. Professional surfers come to the Costa de Prata from all over the world, yet don't be discouraged if you're still a bit among those who tend to get "tangled" in the waves, this is your chance to perfect your skills and from spring to autumn on Costa de Prata of Portugal, you are sure to catch some waves that are more suitable for mere mortals. The landscape here is completed by the Nazare Canyon, now with a very rich surfing folklore due to the performances of the American surfer, Garrett McNamara. The Sintra-Cascais Natural Park in the area is perfect for those who love nature as well, for fans of hiking and walking, offering a beautiful sort of relaxation specific to a Portuguese atmosphere.
A different type of peace and calm
If you're ready to experience a different type of calm and peace, a last minute holiday home on the Costa de Prata is a great option. You can start your day with a delicious breakfast and the irresistible custard tarts called "pasteis de nata" that are found pretty much everywhere in Portugal, then go on for a soak in the sea and maybe after relax in a jacuzzi or a spa. Sounds relaxing enough? Well, this is but just one option that a last minute holiday on the Costa de Prata will present you with, after all it's your vacation, thus your choice of how to spend your time here. Visiting the local towns such as Cascais can be a lot of fun also, Estoril is also a great option, or should we say... a more glamorous one. Sintra is in its all a UNESCO World Heritage Site, laying on a hilltop and hosting a number of castles and palaces very much representative of local history. The Quinta de Regaleira is a historic house that is surrounded by man-made caves you can explore. Overall, there are many ways in which you can relax and enjoy your time on the Silver Coast of Portugal, and the one thing you can be sure of is that you will not regret your choice in any way.
The many treasures of Costa de Prata
They say that Costa de Prata is one of the most economically developed areas in the country. This same area though hosts some really fine traditions and artistic treasures such as the porcelain and the crystal here. The local gastronomy is influenced by the sea itself, and the local wines are not something you should miss when on a last minute holiday on the Costa de Prata. Besides, there is also the local culture and the history portrayed in the many churches and monasteries, castles and fortresses. The white sandy beaches are a feast to the eyes and to all your senses, the mild temperatures complete the peaceful atmosphere here and invite you to enjoy all sorts of water sports as well. Places of interest on the Costa de Prata of Portugal are also the Agueda, Almeida, Aveiro, Caramulo, Fatima, Figueira de Foz or Viseu. The numerous settlements here are beautiful places to spend your time in, and get a good feel of what life by the sea means.