São Martinho do Porto Travel Guide

  • S. Martinho do Porto
    S. Martinho do Porto
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    Boardwalk leading to Salir
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    New road built around the memorial
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São Martinho do Porto Things to Do

  • Church

    The church comes from the 18Th century, and the most noticeable detail is a large painting behind the altar, portraying the saint who gave name to town - Martinho.

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  • Winter

    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?

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  • Dunes at Salir

    The best attraction of Salir, in São Martinho do Porto bay, is a large dune overlooking the beach. Children and adults get there some extra fun. Pollution was a problem, but the river was treated and things seem to be OK now.

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  • The Beach

    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...

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  • Salir do Porto

    Just another access point to the water and another village in Sao Martinho do Porto bay, Salir do Porto is a very popular beach among locals, with the extra attraction for the kids: the dunes. Some problems with pollution in the local river seem to have already been solved.

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  • Old Days

    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.

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São Martinho do Porto Shopping

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    by solopes Updated Dec 30, 2012

    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.

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São Martinho do Porto Warnings and Dangers

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    by solopes Updated Dec 16, 2013

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    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.

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São Martinho do Porto Tourist Traps

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    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 - In S. Martinho everything is possible, but friends can sometimes be awful!

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São Martinho do Porto Off The Beaten Path

  • Facho

    The best sightseeing point in S. Martinho do Porto is the mount that stays north of the entrance of the bay. Construction is growing, revealing some disorder, but some watching points are still available.

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  • The wild Side

    Facho, a mountain by the mouth of the bay, provides spectacular views over the whole site. One thing makes us sorry: Houses climbing the hill, and spreading wherever it becomes possible. Landscape deserves a better protection!

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  • Romantic boardwalk path

    São Martinho do Porto has a boardwalk that leads from the bay to a smaller beach called Salir do Porto. It travels along the beach and is great for romantic walks.

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São Martinho do Porto Sports & Outdoors

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    by mneto Written Aug 1, 2007

    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!

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São Martinho do Porto Favorites

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    by solopes Updated Dec 30, 2012

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    Favorite thing: 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!

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