Caldas da Rainha Travel Guide

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Caldas da Rainha Things to Do

  • Hospital Museum

    Shame on me!I didn't know that the thermal hospital had a museum, and was surprised by its yards and garden, during a friends' marriage. Nice area, putting me the question: what will they display inside?If you manage to enter before me, please let me know!

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  • Nossa Senhora do Pópulo

    My shame!After 60 years living in the area I needed a friend marrying there to discover this small but wonderful church.It was built in 1500 included in the thermal hospital, it mixes Gothic with Mudejar and Manueline styles. The bell tower is fabulous.

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  • Museums

    The greatest of Portuguese humorists, Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro, inspired his son that opened a factory producing his father creations, and more. The factory shop is also a museum that really deserves to be seen, on week days from 10 AM to 7 PM, at the street with the same name.Also interesting in more classical ceramic works, is Museu da Ceramica,...

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Caldas da Rainha Hotels

  • Hotel Caldas Internacional

    Rua Dr. Figueiroa Rego, 45, Caldas da Rainha, 2500-186, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Penedo Furado

    Rua Dos Camarcoes N.03, Foz Do Arelho, Caldas da Rainha, 2500-481, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Foz Praia

    Estrada Do Penedo Furado, Foz Do Arelho, Caldas da Rainha, 2500, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 2 out of 5 stars

Caldas da Rainha Restaurants

  • Family business

    I must confess that I was trying to find another restaurant in the square, that was closed, and, being late, I decided not to search any more and try this discreet restaurant below a simple facade.Well, it was what it seemed, a small familiar business. A middle aged woman in the kitchen, and a middle age man offering to the few costumers, a couple...

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  • Big show

    Once upon a time I had a dinner in this restaurant, and... forgot it.Later on, I heard that it had great reputation among locals. My fault?Recently, I've been in a party, catered by this restaurant. I was more careful observing everything, and could notice that they prepared a great performance, suitable to the garden and room where the party took...

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  • Just by the Park

    Very well located, by the park and the thermal complex, I didn't know this restaurant. Yesterday, I was there... and entered. A positive experience: The food was good, the service was nice, and the price reasonable. A place deserving a second visit. Shrimps with curry (usually done with rice, this time they used... tagliatelly, and the result was...

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  • Familiar ambiance

    Right in the centre of town, near the fruit market, this restaurant managed (and maybe owned) by a middle age couple, is a reasonable solution. The food is not outstanding, but it is good, with a homemade touch. My steak was tender and tasty, and the grilled skids of Fernanda "knew the secret", as she said, to a good sauce - the best olive oli. We...

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  • I recommend

    Integrated in a complex of the old factory of Bordallo Pinheiro, this restaurant is something easy to recommend.It is not a cheap place, neither a gourmet place, but it is a restaurant betting in quality and presentation, with warmful reception and very reasonable prices.Rafael Bordallo Pinheiro is a must in portuguese culture, and the father of...

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  • Quiet bar

    For a calm drink, or a light snack Mazagran is a good place, in the centre of the city. Youth dominates, as expected, but the music is soft and the ambiance "civilized" enough to please costumers of all ages.It has a wide animation program, from art exhibitions to live music.

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Caldas da Rainha Shopping

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    by J_Antunes Written Feb 9, 2009

    What to buy: There were times in which there were no sex shops but in Caldas there was something naughty hidden in cups, houses and other decorative elements. The Caldas Pottery is a humouristique/erotic type of handicraft. Naked figures, *** in cups, caricatural figures of priests, fishermen, farmers that are used as stereotypes of the portuguese people.

    This pottery has a long history dating back to 1488 but it was in the XIX century that it gave its jump into modern times. Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro, one of the greatest artists of Portugal helped developed the art, mainly the utilitarian side using naturalism as elements to do daily goods such as plates, cups, etc with a specific aehestetics.

    Today this art is almost extinct. No matter what you thing about it: rude, curious, funny; it is a sign of a time long gone, when they were traded hidden in fairs and when women couldn’t see certain things but had a Caldas pottery hidden in the cupboard and would go peak and laugh a bit. I remember an old lady that lived next to me and her laughter at the naughty piece of pottery and freedom she had in her house.

    Caldas Pottery

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Caldas da Rainha Local Customs

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    by MarioPortugal Updated Aug 12, 2007

    125th Traditional Bullfight in Caldas da Rainha

    Bullfight - August 15, 2007.

    A 500 year old tradition being kept alive !!

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Caldas da Rainha Off The Beaten Path

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    by solopes Updated Oct 7, 2012

    In the 18th century, king João V ordered the construction of three fountains. This one, located near the hospital, was the most important, in Baroque style.

    Caldas da Rainha - Portugal
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    • Historical Travel

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