History meet Timeless charm

Discover the beautiful town of Caldas da Rainha, which literally means “Queen’s Hot Springs” or “Queen’s Spa”. It was founded in the 15th century by Queen Leonor, who established a hospital at the site of some therapeutic hot springs. The Hospital Termal Rainha D. Leonor is one of the oldest institutions of its kind in world, with five centuries of history. Caldas da Rainha is also known for its pottery.and unique bustling open air fruit and vegetable market. Daytime is the perfect time to go shopping and wander amongst the market stalls, and visit the many art galleries and museums (the José Malhoa Museum, located in the heart of the lush park named after King Carlos I, is an absolute must!), or relax in a traditional health spa. By night Caldas da Rainha becomes an oasis of great bars and decadent eating places. Or if you’re keen in experiencing the local cultural scene, enjoy a classic ballet night at the modern Centro Cultural das Caldas. Live like a king with a magical overnight stay at the charming Pousada de Óbidos, the former castle, and immerse yourself in glorious medieval romance.

After enjoying a champagne breakfast to watch the sunrise, visit the awe-inspiring medieval walled town of Óbidos, also known as the “wedding present town” because it was a gift King Dinis gave to Queen Isabel on their wedding day in 1282. Could it be any more romantic? The wall of Óbidos has been declared a national monument and offers delightful sightseeing pleasure to anyone interested in the past – incredibly picturesque cobblestone streets lined with colourful houses filled with geraniums and bougainvillea, Gothic doorways and windows, whitewashed churches, flowerpots and dazzling tiles, all encircled by the walls of a 12th century castle. If you happen to visit during the summer time, Óbidos hosts a truly fantastic medieval fair, recreating the Middle Ages with medieval music, knights, witches and numerous music (including inspiring open air opera concerts) and theatre performances.

Join a walking tour around the Óbidos Lagoon in the early morning. Trek through the stunning pinewoods and beautiful apple and pear orchards and spot an abundant array of wildlife across this deliciously green and varied landscape. In the afternoon, go sailing or kitesurfing in the Lagoon and enjoy a relaxing break at the decked sailing club overlooking the tranquil waters of this fascinating site. And why not trying to sculpture your own sandcastle in the sand?! Enjoy a fantastic nightlife at the legendary Green Hill disco or go for cocktails at one of the many bars overlooking the golden sandy beach of Foz do Arelho. In the summer, you may even get the chance to watch the fireworks light up the sea during the local festivities. Stay at the imposing Quinta da Foz, a 16th century manor house located in Foz do Arelho.

After an energetic breakfast, go for a relaxing horse riding on the beach in one of the Portuguese horses available at the Quinta, and learn about the traditional Portuguese riding and dressing. In the afternoon, you really can’t miss a wine tasting tour at Quinta do Sanguinhal manor estate, situated in the heart of one of the country’s oldest wine regions dating from the 12th century. Appreciate the prestigious and award winning fine wines from Quinta das Cerejeiras, Quinta do Sanguinhal and Quinta de São Francisco in the superb cellar, and walk along the terraced vineyards, visit the ancient stone and wood pressing room and the old distillery. Finish the tour with a delicious meal at the estate. Overnight stay at the very exclusive resort of Praia d’El Rey Golf & Beach Resort, set among beautiful pine trees and overlooking the Atlantic.