Penthouse Apartment - 2 Bed 2 Bath Panoramic Bay Views
Luxury penthouse apartment on two floors. Four balconies. Two bathrooms. Superb panoramic views. Close to beach, shops, restaurants. Pool and gardens overlooking the bay. Managed private complex. Sleeps 4/5.
Since the beginning of the century, the thin sands beach of the shell shaped bay has attracted tourists.
There is a little hotel, an apartments hotel, some residentials and pensions, camping park and guest houses.
Many people from Lisbon come here for the weekend.
The restaurants have many fish specialties and sea fruits specialties.
There is a daily market (except Mondays).
The terraces, cafes and bars are very inviting and relaxing. The cobble streets and coloured buildings of the old town, just 5 min walk, are very attractive.
In July and August the place is lively with Portuguese holiday makers, most other times it is very quiet.
The local beaches are wide and sandy and vary from heavy waves to safe shallow sand.
The first King Afonso Henriques, gave this land to the Cister Monks in the XII century. They used it as sea port to transport wood form the pine forest of Leiria. This wood was also used to ship building.
All across the bay, there’s Salir do Porto where in those years they extracted salt. The ruins of a medieval Customs House can still be visited.
Although the bay has fish and sea fruits, there’s only a few fisherman. Tourists prefer swimming, surf, sailing, rowing or just enjoy the beach.
San Martinho Bay has a very safe wide sweeping beach from where you can windsurf.
Just over the hill and outside San Martinho Bay is Gralha beach, a very quiet secluded spot at the foot of the cliffs.
There is a coast road north and south to more excellent beaches.
10 kilometers south is Foz Arello which is a magnificent expanse of sand from where you can surf the Atlantic waves.
10 Kilometers north is the fishing town of Nazare which also has a wide beach and a popular promenade with a tram lift to a cliff top view from the old town.
By car you can also visit the historical town of Obidos (15 minutes) or play golf on the coast at Praia Del Rey (20 minutes)