Beaches of Central Portugal

Beaches of Central Portugal

The Silver Coast / A Costa Prata

I wrote this blog to assist people who were thinking of coming to the area and to help them understand what the coastal resorts had to offer and what the various beaches looked like.

I added addresses and GPS co ordinates so that you can use Google Earth.com or your in car SatNav to find the easily. All of the photographs were taken at the locations specified.

Enjoy your travels in Portugal, jump in, the waters lovely and the welcome warm.

Figueira da Foz (The fig tree at the mouth of the river)

This is one of the busiest resorts on the Silver Coast a lively modern coastal resort centered around the Mondego river and huge sandy beach. Located in the Coimbra district although 38 kilometers west of Coimbra it is served by many trains and buses from Coimbra city.

Close to the river mouth is the modern Marina of Figueira da Foz * Sat Nav location on the Avineda da Foz do Mondego N 40. 148.10 W 8.96.206 * which also hosts a diving / scuba school and dingy sailing clubs.

The small boat club which mainly has fishing orientated members also has a small bar. I was once the first none Portuguese member of this friendly organization.

 

About Castelo Construction Lda

Castelo Construction Lda are builders in Central Portugal. We have 12 years’ experience of working with and delighting clients in Portugal. Tel 00351 927168247 or kelvin@casteloconstruction.com If you need an English speaking builder for renovation or new build work we will provide free estimates, fixed prices and carry out your work to a very high standard. Many of our clients are not in the country full time so rely on our regular photographic updates and written reports. They are always surprised when they make inspection visits. New Construction and Refurbishment of Portuguese Property It’s exciting for both our team and of course our clients to mark out on the earth the site of a new home. We will have been with them during the design process and have spoken to the architect many times so we will be comfortable with what we are about to do. For many clients, this stage is a little daunting as it’s hard to see without experience just where the house is going to be in relation to other things on the property. Once the foundations are dug out the house normally looks smaller than they thought, As the pillars and foundation wall start to go you get a much better idea of scale. You can see with your mind’s eye the location of the kitchen, bedrooms and so on. Once the walls are up and the first floor is in place the rooms start to looks smaller again (something to do with the light absorbing properties of the bricks) once the walls are plastered the rooms look a lot larger and it starts to feel more like the home our clients imagined building. As the build progresses we are involved with many specialist subcontractors and it is our job the get them on site at the right time so that the trades do not overlap and time is not wasted. Once the roof is on and tiled it is traditional in this area to have a dinner on site. Everyone who is involved in the build is invited to share a suckling pig dinner with local bread, oranges and of course wine. This is a great way for the clients to enjoy some local hospitality and meet the craftsmen who are building their new home. We also invite the near neighbors so that they get a chance to see what’s going on (when the house is at a very basic stage) and it gives our clients a relaxed opportunity to make their acquaintance. As we always accompany our clients to choose, kitchens, tiles, bathroom fittings or whatever they want. We can help with translation and of course negotiation! As the house is coming to completion we always have them professionally cleaned so that when we hand over the keys it feels more like a home than a building site. 2 months after the house is finished we are back to check for any small faults that may need attention and of course we are available to help and advise should that be needed. Central Portugal builders