Villa Lagoa is a bright, airy, detached, contemporary 3 bedroom villa with shared pool. It sleeps up to 8 and is stylishly decorated to a very high standard. The bedrooms, lounge and diner lead out onto large terraces that overlook the swimming pool to the front and the green to the rear of the property. Within easy reach of the villa lie the famous medieval spa baths at Caldas da Rainha and the impressive 13th Century monasteries at Alcobaca and Batalha. Most spectacular, however, is the medieval walled town of Obidos, a national monument dating back to the Moorish occupation of Portugal and now a UNESCO protected site. An hour’s drive south will put you in the environs of Lisbon, Cascais and Sintra, all of which are well worth a visit. There are wonderful facilities for water sports at the stunning beach at Foz which is a 20 minute stroll away or a 5 minute drive by car. A new Aqua park at Nazare is within a short drive away. Wind surfing at the nearby resorts of Sao Martinho and Peniche.
Things to do nearby: The Lagoon offers a variety of water sports e.g. canoeing, kite and wind-surfing, sailing, water-skiing if that's your preference.
New and paved walking running and cycling paths can be used to take full advantage of a calorie burning afternoon.
Caldas da Rainha, the historically well known thermal town can be reached within a 10 minute drive and here you can shop in the daily fruit, vegetable and flower market where you'll find the best the region has to offer in terms of fresh produce.
There are also many hypermarkets in the area to stock up on daily provisions.
Things to do further away: Lisbon City and airport is only a 50 minute drive. Don't forget to visit the medieval castle and walled city of Obidos. Wine tours and various visits to neighbouring and historically fascinating towns and villages can also be booked. These include Nazare, Alcobaca and the magnificent horseshoe bay of San Martinho do Porto.
The Shrine of Fatima is less than 45 mins away. Sintra has become a major tourist attraction, with many day-trippers visiting from nearby Lisbon. Attractions include the fabulous Pena Palace (19th c.) and the Castelo dos Mouros (reconstructed 19th c.) with a breath-taking view of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, and the summer residence of the kings of Portugal Palácio Nacional de Sintra (largely 15th/16th c.), in the town itself.
The Sunday market at Santa Anna is a must when you visit the area as it gives you a flavour of local produce markets and whatever you do, do not forget to sample the piri piri chicken. Market closes by 2PM.
Suggested Itineraries: Tomar - Templar Castle – must see
Lisbon – day trip or stay over – take a ride on the local trams.
Cascais and Estoril – very picturesque, lots of interesting shops and nice walks around the towns. Lots of English and Irish pubs.
Alcobaca – monastery
Batalha – church
Monchique - Natural Park
Evora – Roman city