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Praia do Baleal

The "Oeste" Region is privileged in several aspects, one of those is its wonderful seaside, where the exceptional beaches of delicate sand, cliffs and places of rare beauty, like the Berlengas archipelago and the calm Lagoa de Óbidos. Places that make the delice of the visitants.

In Salir do Porto it is possible to see an extraordinaire landscape to the "Atlantic road" in direction to Lagoa de Óbidos. This Lagoon is one of the most beautiful spots of the west coast in Portugal and has a fragile and privileged habitat but it is mostly the seashell fish that give the importance to the fauna in this area. By the end of the Middle Age, the Lagoon had an extension till the Óbidos village, but the evolution of the coastline, at a constant mutation, has substantially limited its perimeter. Still, the Lagoon has an appreciable extension and is an exceptional place for various water sports practice, such as: rowing, windsailing and windsurfing.

Santa Cruz

Near the Lagoon, the Foz do Arelho beach is a place where nature offer us exceptional therapeutic qualities and an extensive strand. The lovers of surf practice usually choose this beach. In the small quay, you can buy all the various specimens that the Lagoon has to offer, for example: sort of mussel and cockle. Fine esplanades and restaurants served the beach and visitants can appreciate different fish dishes like fritted eels, cockles and the famous "Lagoon stew".

In the South side, the beaches of Lapinha and Rio Cortiço, in Bom Sucesso are equally exceptional places to spend the summer. There begins an ample strand in D'El Rey beach, the skill of men allied with nature allow the creation of a modern resort, with a spectacular golf course with 18 hols, that is one of the best of the whole country with a sea view.

The bay between Baleal and Peniche is wonderful. In the North side, the Lagide beach is the perfect place for the practice of surf and body board during all year. In the South side the Baleal beach has an extensive strand with calm waters and has at disposal a school of surf, tennis courts, pools, discotheques and a hippic-centre.

In Peniche you can observe more than two kilometres of soft white sand with a complex of small dunes. These beaches are extremely pleasant for a side walking viewing the sea.

Lagoa de Óbidos

The road to the Carvoeiro Cape, is an unforgettable site seeing with an exotic and rare scenery and geological formations, designed by the sea and the action of time that formed an art piece. The vast site that can be appreciated is a permanent spectacle, which is always presence by the Berlangas islands.

Peniche, land of fishermen, has a magnificent sea gastronomy. Is excellency is the fresh fish, the Fish stew and the famous "Sweated" Lobster or a simple grilled sardine.
This coastal city has also to offer a visit to the Fortress with a museum and the workshops of bobbin laces. The new recreation port is the base of sport nautical enterprises, which have in Berlengas Islands a fish and diving sanctuary.

Berlengas Island

Berlengas Islands have an incredible natural scenery with calm and crystalline waters and for that fact the diving is one of the most elected sportive activities. In the island you can also visit the XVII century Fortress of S. João Baptista, a jewel of the military portuguese architecture. The Berlengas archipelago, Natural Reserve, is served by several enterprises that make the connection between the islands and Peniche.

A vast strand with an extension of two kilometres extends between Peniche and Consolação promontory. In the middle of this bay, in a spot called the Medão Grande, the waves win big formations, which formed enormous tubes, known among the surfers by the name of "Super Tubos". This is a spectacular place for surf and body board practice.

The Consolação beach is endowed with therapeutic conditions because of its demographic position, localized in an open iodised sea-bay permanently exposed to the sun, that proportioned the well-being of those who frequent the beach and the cure for same sickness, like rheumatics. This fact is unique in all Europe and for this thousand of annually visitants choose Consolação beach for their vacations.

Praia da Areia Branca

In the south direction, it is possible to find several other beaches and sea-bays, like for example: S. Martinho, Paimogo, Areia Branca, Porto Dinheiro, Ribamar, Porto Novo and Santa Rita.
One special mention to the Areia Branca beach, very appreciated by its excellent conditions. Near this beach there is also a special place, Porto Barcas, with its magnificent nurseries, which allow a marvellous meal of shellfish with white wine and a view to the sea.
In the cliffs of Lourinhã visitants can observe a primitive testimony of the profound transformations that have taken place and made the actual formation of the continents. Here several Jurassic vestiges have been founded: eggs, embryos and fossils. These testimonies are exposed in the Lourinhã Museum (GEAL).

Porto de Barcas

In the sea-bay of Porto Novo, besides the curious beach, you can also find a tourist resort with a golf course, horse ridings and several other equipments. In the cliffs of Maceira that go along the Alcabrichel river, placed the Spa Complex of Vimeiro.
Santa Cruz, the queen of "Oeste" beaches, traditional summer location in a more cosmopolitan environment, tourist can enjoy several different beaches with different characteristics.

The freeways A8 (Lisboa-Leiria) and A15 (Óbidos - Santarém - A1) allow a rapid and simple access to the "Oeste" beaches.


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