In the old days, the woods by the old beach were one of the favorite destinations for those in search of a calm afternoon with friends, grilling some sardines and enjoying the wonders of nature.
Now, it keeps being a top destination for picnics, but... no fire.
Absolutely... no fire. So, bring a cooked picnic, and enjoy! Furthermore... don't smoke. For all reasons plus one.
Wild in winter (and sometimes also in summer) it's not the best beach in the area to swim, but it is a beautiful place, providing life and excitement in the beach, and tranquility in residential area. That makes it a favorite destination to many.
The sea is quite often too rough for a safe swim in S. Pedro de Muel. In those days, the large public pool adjacent to the beach becomes... very small.
It is part of a larger complex with four indoor and outdoor pools, all with salty water, working from April to September.
Good food and good service.
In 99% of my many visits the main course is "Robalo com molho de camarão", really, really, really good. But I also had the chance to verify that the entire list follows the high quality standard. Not so pricey as you could expect. Excelent, for a hotel's restaurant!
Favorite Dish: 1 - "Robalo com molho de camarao" (Sea bass with shrimp sauce)
2 - "Robalo com molho de camarao"
3 - Everything else
This is a restaurant that couldn't get any closer to the sea !!. Actually, Estrela do Mar (in english: Star of the Sea) is right on edge of the cliff - where the land ends and the sand begins.
The speciality of the house is on Sea Food. So, one gotta try shrimp & mussels (what great mussels !!). And there's also the Fish fresh from the Sea to be enjoyed gazing the Atlantic itself, which makes any food taste even better .
An aquarium with live lobsters is also on sight. Any customers may feel tempted to order one live specimen right there.
The Wine list is one of the finest I've seen in the area. Wines are of Portugal only, being Alentejo the portuguese region better represented closely followed by the Douro but since Estrela do Mar is mainly a seafood restaurant, Vinho Verde had also to be well represented with about 20 different options.
It seats 75 people, and Marco Paulo, chef & owner, will make sure his customers will not leave Estrela do Mar disappointed.
During Summer season it's opened from 9 AM until 2 AM !!! - That's 17 working hours per day !!
p.s.: Regular meat dishes are also available.
Favorite Dish: Appetizer: Shrimp & Mussels by Marco Paulo.
Entrée: Fresh Fished Fish grilled on live fire.
A few kilometers north of town (and a bit north of Praia Velha) the large sand stripe that extends until Praia da Vieira is accessible, by a unpaved road with a parking in the end. A small bar, is the only construction in this area called Pedras Negras.