With a shell shaped bay, Sao Martinho do Porto is the most known beach of Alcobaca. It is absolutely safe, what makes it a children's paradise. Opposite to it's neighbour and "rival", Nazare, which in summer is invaded by thousands of popular people, Sao Martinho do Porto attracts some rather aristocratic dwellers, but in summer, like most of the...more
In the beginning of last century, this beach was an exclusive destination for the rich families in the centre of Portugal. Several mansions were built by the sea, but the mass tourism started to replace them by bigger block to popular purses.Not much remains from those old days, but the few images still add some beauty to the beach front line.more
We use to say that our west coast "is the place where the winter comes to pass the summer". It's unfair, but the weather has its tricks and the water is generally cold. That's why I strongly appreciate our west beaches in winter - wide areas of free sand, lots of sunny days, and the water... still cold, of course. But who cares?more
It's a common market, selling common fresh articles, but for me it has something special for being one of my brother's first projects.
The prices seem to be good, so, if you go there don't limit yourself to the apples and carrots and have a look at the building.
Some areas in our western coast are quite often hit by a annoying fog, shortening the afternoon, and sending sun worshippers home earlier than expected.
São Martinho is one of those places, but the optimists still find a way to enjoy the situation, maybe because they know that it won't last long, and the weather doesn't get too cold.
Yes! It's OK like that.
Don't move... Hold on! It's only a second more! Nice... Hold your breath.
No...no...no... Don't even blink! Easy!
Now, tell us: Is the tide coming up or not?
PS Beware - friends can sometimes be awful!
Hang gliding and paragliding with Clube Nacional de Voo Livre is great fun!
Go to Salgado Beach 2 miles north of sao MArtinho do Porto and take a look!
Equipment: Bring your stuff as soon as possible meet us in flight!
Concrete is advancing towards the sea, smashing the natural beauty of the bay.
There is still a remaining free area in the southern side, dividing the beaches of S. Martinho do Porto and Salir do Porto, but... till when?
It seems that the coast is now protected. Good! Maybe this will save what still lasts!