Beach & Surf
The often-deserted Praia Porto das Barcas beach is practically on our doorstep and is easy to drive or ride to. It can also be reached on foot via a steep and winding forest path – perfect for romantics and peace lovers. The Praia da Peralta and Praia do Areal beaches are also pretty relaxed, and only a few minutes’ drive or cycle ride away. For a bit more action as well as nice beach bars, cool nightlife and excellent waterfront restaurants, we recommend a short drive to Praia da Areia Branca.
Peniche and Nazaré on the other hand are surfer magnets, both being among the world’s top surfing spots! Since no one is born a master, but many have fallen off their boards, our partner Uprise Surf School offers advice, lessons and special hire rates, check their facebook page.
Whatever you plump for, don’t forget to pack your emcasa beach bag.
Sport & Nature
Not all our outdoor activities require you to manhandle a surfboard or SUP.
If you love cycling, you’re on the right track here. There are great mountain-biking trails all around the emcasa – and the region is also very popular with road racers. We’ll be delighted to share our favourite routes with you.
Joggers can simply step out of the hotel and run – turning left for the sea, and right towards the fields, forests and village...
If you like the idea of teeing off with views of sand dunes and the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll love the Praia d'el Rey Golf Course (par 73) which is regularly voted one of Europe’s ten most beautiful courses. And it’s only 20 minutes away!
We mustn’t forget to mention our brilliant yoga teacher Carla whose heavenly Hatha lessons take place in our garden (additional charge and booking required). Salute the sun with her... literally! And as you can never have too much of a good thing, Carla is also available for one-to-one sessions.
Ready for the islands? The breathtakingly beautiful Berlengas in the Atlantic Ocean are located in the open sea, 10 km west of Peniche. Berlenga Grande is the largest of the islands and opens to visitors from May to September. On the island, you will find a car-free, uninhabited natural paradise with clear, turquoise waters, beautiful beaches, great hiking trails, unique wildlife and probably Portugal’s most picturesque fort.
Wine & Food
White? Red? Maybe a nice rosé? Fabulous wine is made all around Lourinhã. Find out just how great they are during one of our wine tastings. If you like, we can even put together a delightful tour to the best wineries including an unmissable stop at Quinta do Gradil – the wonderful estate that supplies us. They also have an awesome restaurant!
And now, on to our favourite eateries:
Terra à Terra Restaurante
Sophisticated Portuguese food in a modern and cozy environment set in the heart of Lourinhã.
Restaurante Adega do Careca
Also around the corner, this restaurant is tops for authentic and traditional Portuguese dishes. Nourish your soul after a hard day’s sunbathing...
Yukimura Sushi Bar
Superb sushi in a stylish ambience.
Small, fabulous and French. We recommend the entrecôte!
Pizzaria da Praia
Pizza and pasta just like in Naples! Served as the blood-red sun dips into the sea. What a view! And the panna cotta...
There are much more places that we love, just ask us for more recommendations.
Just a little reminder:
You can also enjoy delicious snacks à la Toastas, Portuguese Sardines , olives and cheeses in our lounge, by the pool or on your own private terrace.
Culture & City Life
On the days when the beach fails to tempt you (unlikely but possible), there are plenty of other options for enjoying your getaway. You could try dinosaur watching, head for the designer shops… even inland, our area has lots to offer!
We concede that there are more exciting places, but laid-back Lourinhã is a gem of authenticity and definitely deserves a visit. As well as being practically on our doorstep, it’s famous as the ‘capital of dinosaurs’ thanks to a host of Late Jurassic discoveries that were made in this area. Go see the dinosaurs at the Dino Park Dino Park where you’ll even find a Lourinhasaurus!
A picture-postcard medieval town: whitewashed houses, the magnificently decorated Porta de Vila and old town walls all add up to make Óbidos one of Portugal’s prettiest and most popular tourist destinations. It’s just a 25-minute drive away from our place. The journey is always worth it; and not just when the annual International Chocolate Festival is on.
Caldas da Rainha
Not many people know that the Hospital Termal Rainha D. Leonor founded in 1485 by Queen Leonor is the world's oldest, purpose-built, still-functioning thermal spa. It’s said to be great place for fixing rheumatism and back problems – as well as offering blissful relaxation. Also worth seeing are the D. Carlos I park, the town’s colourful fruit and vegetable market and the Bordallo Pinheiro ceramics walk.
Always a treat: Torres Vedras is where Pasteis de Feijao, Portugal’s popular and sugary bean-custard tart comes from. The area surrounding the town of 80,000 inhabitants is also home to some very good wine. You’ll find the nightlife lively in the pretty historic centre – which is also worth seeing during the day. A popular attraction is the town’s annual carnival with parades, fireworks, spontaneous concerts and nightly DJ sessions in the streets.
Portugal’s hip capital is just over an hour from the emcasa. Ideal for a day trip or even a weekend stay – especially when combined with a few extra days of ocean-side relaxation at the emcasa. Getting to Lisbon is easy and inexpensive by bus and Rede Expressos runs an hourly service. However, if you prefer to travel in style, we can organise a limousine.
You don’t have to be a believer to be moved by the extraordinary atmosphere in this world-famous place of pilgrimage. In 2017 alone, the town attracted 9.4 million pilgrims. A must-see: the world’s largest church forecourt and fourth largest Catholic church!