The Silver Coast – or Costa de Prata – is a stunning length of coastline on the western side of Portugal, stretching from Ericeira to Nazaré. Getting its name from the silvery effect the sun has on the Atlantic waves, this part of Portugal boasts some of the best beaches in Europe. Much of this coastline is relatively undisturbed by mass tourism, so even at the height of summer you could find a small beach to yourself.
Like most of Portugal, the Silver Coast is made up of small towns and villages, located around the two main cities of Lisbon and Porto. Small town or village life may be a lot slower than life ‘at home’, but adjusting to this healthy pace is just part of the pleasure of being on holiday or living abroad.
The region’s weather is mild year-round – with an average temperature of 24 degrees in July/August – and offers circa 280 days of sunshine per year.
This stretch of the Atlantic coast ensures sports lovers have a wide choice of activities. The clean waters offer good fishing, exceptional surfing conditions, deep-sea diving near the Berlengas Islands, water-skiing and windsurfing. For those who prefer to keep their feet on dry land, the surrounding areas make for excellent walking country, or you could take advantage of one of the many exceptional golf courses including the Seve Ballasteros-designed Royal Óbidos.