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Dolphins on the Silver Coast Portugal

August 13, 2017 3:43 PM | David replied:

Boat trips are organised from Nazare summer and winter. But my impression is that more videos are posted online on Youtube and Facebook of sightings in the Spring and Autumn.

You would have to ask the folk who organise the boat trips how likely it is to see the dolphins on your visit. I see phone numbers of trip organisers are posted on various web sites and Facebook pages.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=dolphins+nazare


Dolphins on the Silver Coast Portugal

August 13, 2017 3:09 PM | Marceline replied:

Ola, I wonder if the dolphins could be seen in this month of August on the coast of Nazaré or is there a time of year more spécifique? Thank you for your reply. Have a good day!Marceline


Unfurnished Rental Property Central Portugal

March 4, 2017 10:54 PM | David replied:

Hi James,

We had a visit from a Canadian/Portuguese recently
who was also wanting to escape from winter in
Canada. He was looking to buy a place and viewed
our house. He has now gone back to Canada to sell
his own house, so fingers crossed. But, to your
enquiry...

There is plenty of availability of rental property
on the Silver Coast. You should have no trouble at
all finding properties of every kind within your
budget, indeed you could find some a bit below it.

Obviously you get what you pay for, and prices will
depend on location and length of proposed rental
contract. Generally speaking the shorter the
contract the higher the rent.

Property prices and rents go hand in hand. Close to
the shops might go for more than out of town.
Although if you go out of town in the direction of
the beach, then rent and prices rise. Go out of
town in the opposite direction and prices/rent
reduces.

I don't think you could get a better location to
explore most of Portugal than the Silver Coast, and
within that area I think the Caldas da Rainha /
Obidos area has the best access to the roads in
every direction.

But before you travel the rest of Portugal there is
plenty of history locally to indulge in.

Will you visit first on an exploratory holiday, or
do you want dive in at the deep end and contact
estate agents about rental property before you
visit?

Let me know what else you need to know and I'll do
my best to answer your questions on the blog or put
you in contact with agents if you like.

If our house at:-

http://www.portugalwestcoastproperty.com/

hasn't sold by the time you visit, we might decide to go for
rental ourselves. So be sure to contact us when you visit.

all the best,
David


International School of Palmela (Colégio Islâmico)

January 11, 2017 12:07 PM | David replied:

I think the best bet is to contact them directly at:-

(+351) 966 216 593
(+351) 212 110 530
(+351) 212 110 539

or by email:-

info @ cip . edu . pt (remove the spaces from the email)


Property Hunting Trip

January 11, 2017 11:42 AM | David replied:

Hi Lorenzo,

Thanks for your enquiry. I did some research today and there is a motor home and caravan sales and rental organisation near Lisbon at:-

http://www.gocaravaning.com

and from what I hear their service is excellent. They also have branches in Porto and Setubal and an English language rentals web site at:-

http://www.iberianroutes.com

But, I think you'll find their vehicles smaller than you are used to in North America.

If you want a big Winnebago you'll probably need to bring one with you.
There is a book advertised on this page:-

Take Your RV To Europe: The Low-Cost Route To Long-Term Touring

The book is by Ron and Adele Milavsky an American couple who are somewhat famous for having used their RV for years in Europe. And I'm told it has tips on bringing one over.

Hope that helps.
Regards,
David.


International School of Palmela (Colégio Islâmico)

October 7, 2016 2:59 PM | Mamadu Ali Balde - alfornelo replied:

Tenho 17 anos posso me inscrever (Translation:- I'm 17 years old, can I sign up)


Clic - Colegio Luso Internacional Do Centro

May 31, 2016 5:04 PM | Luc Carlier replied:

Ups , with another pc we finally read the files!

Thx
Luc


Clic - Colegio Luso Internacional Do Centro

May 31, 2016 5:01 PM | David replied:

Hello Luc and Elena,

Just forwarded the below to you with 5mb of attachments.......

------- Forwarded message follows -------
From: CLIC - clic.edu.pt
Subject: Information about registration at CLIC - Colego Internacional
do Centro

Good Morning Mr Luc and Mrs. Elena Carlier

Thank you for your interest in receiving information about CLIC Colegio Luso Internacional do Centro and very glad to hear you are planning to move to Portugal.

We are a small school located in Marinha Grande with a total of 150 students and support English and Portuguese lessons for all our International students enrolled at our school. (Normally Enrolment or Registration is done between the months of May and June to allow us to order books, material, uniforms and prepare timetables for students for the start of the new academic year).

CLIC is a Multicultural International school in the central coast of Portugal, so we receive children from many countries around the world from year to year. We have students from the UK, Switzerland, Holland, France, Spain, Venezuela, Argentina, Brasil, Russia, Africa, China, Macau, USA, and many others.

We are hereby attaching our Application form with Price lists and general Conditions (2015/2016) for your appreciation. For registration of your children we will require their latest report card from previous school, copy of passport or Id card with date of birth, a copy of vaccine card and very important NIF number for the students (this is a tax number attributed to all residents (temporary or permanent) by the local tax office (Finanças) when you move to Portugal)

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Looking forward to hearing from you again soon.

Best regards,
Ligia Malta
CLIC - COLEGIO LUSO INTERNATIONAL DO CENTRO

PS
We have a Facebook page : CLIC Colegio where you can see some photos of our school activities and special events facebook-Colégio-Clic


Clic - Colegio Luso Internacional Do Centro

May 29, 2016 5:48 PM | David replied:

Thanks for your post to the Silver Coast property blog.

I have forwarded your enquiry on to the school you enquired about. Hopefully you will receive a response from them soon.

Good luck with your bed and breakfast. Where will it be located?

Please post your replies and other feedback you get on schools in the area to the blog here..

best regards,
David


Clic - Colegio Luso Internacional Do Centro

May 26, 2016 7:44 PM | Luc Carlier replied:

Dear sir,

We are from Flanders, Belgium. We have the intention to take over a bed and breakfast on the Silver Coast at the end of the year! Our daughter is 10 yrs! She has a small 'pc knowledge' of English! Can she follow lessons in your school?

Looking forward to your answer,

Luc and Elena Carlier


Free Tickets for A Place in the Sun Live and Meet the presenters of the hit Channel 4 TV show - April 2013

February 23, 2016 11:03 AM | David replied:

Did you mean Puerto de la Cruz in the northern part of the island? See...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_de_la_Cruz


Free Tickets for A Place in the Sun Live and Meet the presenters of the hit Channel 4 TV show - April 2013

February 22, 2016 7:22 PM | Norma Bishop replied:

Would like to go on the show ! But other than that would like info on buying in Potts de la cruz Tenerife ! For retirement one bed


International Schools on the Silver and Lisbon Coasts

February 10, 2016 7:26 PM | Ata Rasekhi replied:

Hi,

How does Prime School compare to Carlucci or St Julians in terms of quality of education and certification of their programs. There appears to be a big difference in tuition fees between Prime and the other two schools and we are looking to find whether this difference is merited and for particular reasons.

Any advice you can send our way would be much appreciated. We currently live in Northern California, USA and considering a move to the Lisbon area due to a job opportunity.

Thanks & regards,
Ata Rasekhi


6 month winter rental

September 1, 2015 2:01 PM | David Waller replied:

Many thanks for your informative and prompt reply. 

We will look into it further

Thanks
D


6 month winter rental

August 30, 2015 5:49 PM | DavidAuthor Profile Page replied:

Hello,

The agencies most likely to have such properties on their books will not be typical estate agents, but more likely to be the property management companies who deal with foreign owners.  

There are several who I've had personal dealings with for donkey's years and who have all been in business locally for nearly as long as I have lived here:-

They are listed here in no particular order....

Alison Kenhard and Charlie Blackett of A. E. Kenhard Unipessoal, Lda. at:- http://silvercoast-management.com/

Fatima Figueiredo of Cenário Atlântico - Mediação Imobiliária Lda at:- http://www.properties-villas-portugal.eu/

Kevin and Toni Ennis, their son Richard and his wife Kátia of  Ennis Administração de Propriedades Lda at:- http://www.villa-management.com

Ennis Property Management, has managed a few of my properties over the years. As the market has expanded there are now many other very recently formed companies who I've not yet dealt with.

Winter rental is a limited market compared to long term residential and as such most estate agencies don't tend to specialise in that area.

For longer term rental, pretty much all estate agents here have property to rent, but of course the owners are not interested in what they would consider a short term (6 month) rental.

A typical owner looking to rent for six months in the winter time will be someone who uses his property in the summer, or rents it in the summer for tourism and they may well consider six months in the off peak times.

Foreign owners are probably your best bet, because Lisbon owners may well want to come up here and use their properties at weekends as well as the summer. 

I have a couple of properties available for sale or longer term rental but neither is likely to be suitable for your needs.

One is at:-

http://propertysilvercoast.com/fozvillas.html

in a condominium with shared pool and tennis where many owners use the properties at weekends, and I don't think it is suitable for your dogs.

The other is much larger with it's own grounds at:-

http://www.portugalsilvercoastpropertyforsale.com/

which we are prepared to rent for a long term contract preferably of at least a couple of years, so we would not be interested in renting for anything less than one year.

Hope the links above prove useful.
 
regards,
David

http://twitter.com/SilverCoastHome


Long term rentals

August 28, 2015 1:45 PM | David Waller replied:

6 month winter rental


St. Julian's School

July 21, 2015 4:12 AM | DavidAuthor Profile Page replied:

Hello,

you wrote:

>What is the fee structure of primary school?

If you go to:-

http://www.stjulians.com/admissions/fees/

and click on the "school fees" link in the right hand menu it will download a pdf file of the latest fee structure.

The 2015/2016 fees are in the PDF file at:-

http://www.stjulians.com/media/37069/NotesGuidance_FeeSY15_16.pdf

which I have downloaded myself today and sent you privately as an email attachment.

regards,
David

http://twitter.com/SilverCoastHome


St. Julian's School

July 20, 2015 6:23 PM | Diya replied:

What is the fee structure of primary school?


Hospital Termal das Caldas da Rainha

June 21, 2015 4:58 PM | David replied:

Hello,

The Thermal Spa in Caldas da Rainha has been undergoing reorganisation and is I believe recruiting new management and staff, so the current treatment schedule is best obtained by enquiring directly from them.

(although I think it is probably a bit late to book any treatments for July 2015).

Because some of the contact details are now out of date I advise you to both telephone them and use the contact form at:-

http://www.chcrainha.min-saude.pt/index.php?categoria=14

and also to send an email to the email address found on their website at:-

http://www.chcrainha.min-saude.pt/index.php?categoria=23

(which may or may not be kept up to date?)

The contact telephone numbers are in the PDF files in multiple languages, currently listed as Portuguese, English, French and Spanish which you can also download directly from the same web site location.


Hosp termal noite" por Carlos Luis M C da Cruz - Obra do próprio.
Licenciado sob Domínio público via Wikimedia Commons

I've sent you privately by email attachment the English language PDF informacao_termal_ingles.pdf which has many of the phone numbers you need.

Also, at the Museum contact page at:-

https://museudohospital.wordpress.com/contactos/

you will find an email address for the Museum which may or may not be accurate? (the URL for the Facebook page given on that site is not working which is not a good sign).

Please let me know how you get on and if you find better contact information or Facebook pages I'll be happy to publish appropriate links on the Silver Coast Property blog at:-

http://rainha.com/property/

sincerely,
David


Hospital Termal das Caldas da Rainha

June 21, 2015 4:50 PM | Ogorodnikova, Alla replied:

David, hi

Of course you can publish my questions in your blog.

Please tell me in Termal das Caldas da Rainha, in July there is a thermal procedures or only museum?


email sent: Thu, 18 Jun 2015


Hospital Termal das Caldas da Rainha

June 21, 2015 4:31 PM | David replied:

Hello,

Thanks for your enquiry.

I notice that you are writing from Russia. If you are looking for the detailed medical conditions and information from the health service for the "Hospital Termal das Caldas da Rainha" you can see them translated to Russian at...

http://tinyurl.com/ox75my3

or in English at....

http://tinyurl.com/nvqw3zp

the original Portuguese page is at...

http://www.chcrainha.min-saude.pt/index.php?categoria=23


By Carlos Luis M C da Cruz (Own work)[Public domain],via Wikimedia Commons

If there is some other matter or tourist information you were looking for please let me know.

May I have permission to publish your request and my answer on my blog?

You can see my Portugal Silver Coast Property blog at...

http://rainha.com/property/

regards,
David

http://twitter.com/SilverCoastHome

email sent:- Wed, 17 Jun 2015


International School of Torres Vedras

February 16, 2015 6:30 PM | Li Feng replied:

Dear David:

Many thanks for your patient reply!

Li Feng


Moinhos da Costa - Silver Coast Property

November 6, 2014 11:48 AM | David replied:

Bonjour / Hello Jacques,

The long term residential rental price is EUR 6500
for one year. Le long terme le prix de la location
résidentielle est de 6500 EUR pour un an.

(durées plus longues et plus courtes contrats sont
négociables / longer and shorter terms contracts
are negotiable)

This annual rate includes the condominium
maintenance charges and use of pool tennis etc. /
Ce taux annuel inclut les frais d'entretien de la
copropriété et de l'utilisation de tennis de
piscine etc.

Consumer services like energy and water are not
included in the yearly contract rate. / Les
services aux consommateurs tels que l'énergie et
l'eau ne sont pas inclus dans le tarif de contrat
annuel.

Nous sommes également heureux de vendre
l'appartement et sommes ouverts à toute offre
raisonnable avec ou sans équipement. / We also are
happy to sell the apartment and are open to any
reasonable offer with or without the equipment.

The asking price is currently 250,000 Euros
including the furniture and fully equipped for
renting. Le prix demandé est actuellement de
250.000 euros y compris le mobilier et entièrement
équipée pour la location.

The property currently has a tourism rental licence
which can be renewed by the new owner if required.
/ La propriété dispose actuellement d'une licence
de location de tourisme qui peut être renouvelé par
le nouveau propriétaire si nécessaire.

Cordialement, regards,
David

http://www.harleystreet.net/moinhos.html


Moinhos da Costa - Silver Coast Property

November 6, 2014 9:55 AM | Edmond replied:

We know this place .

Please confirm reasonable long term
renting cost and selling price all included

regards

Jacques Poret


Walmington on Sea needs you to do your duty

October 5, 2014 11:03 AM | DavidAuthor Profile Page replied:

Healthy borrowing by everyday folk and responsible organisations creates good money. That good money is needed to fix the mess made by those in power who printed money by lending irresponsibly.

The situation does seem somewhat ironic.


Walmington on Sea needs you to do your duty

October 5, 2014 10:51 AM | Arthur Wilson replied:

Is the irony of the Dad's Army and Kitchener posters intended?


International School of Torres Vedras

April 22, 2014 6:33 PM | David replied:

Hello,

I've now posted details of many schools that do teach in English
for you at:-

http://rainha.com/property/schools_-_international/

Most International schools on the Silver Coast between Lisbon
and Marinha Grande do teach in the English language.

I've looked at the web site for Torres Vedras and they don't
currently say how much of the curriculum is actually delivered
in English, and this may change over time, so you will need to
contact them via their web site to be certain.

Currently they say that they "teach English from age 4
integrated into the curriculum".

It is always best to review the web site in question and perhaps
email any that interest you to arrange a visit in person and ask
any questions you have.

regards,
David


International School of Torres Vedras

April 17, 2014 7:15 AM | Li Feng replied:

Does International School of Torres Vedras teach in English? Because my friends' children do not speak portuguese.


thanks for the apartment - family had a great holiday

December 10, 2013 8:45 AM | David replied:

Hello, Mike,

Thanks very much for your positive feedback, it's great to hear you
really enjoyed your holiday. My apologies for tardiness in replying.

Being bargain hunters we shop around and rarely spend any more than 2
Euros on a bottle of wine either. There is some great Vinho Verde to
be had at 1.99 which Christine likes, and being a red man myself I
often manage to pick up a discounted Alentejo Reserva at half price
when I see it on offer. (not usually many such offers in August)

We've now got a couple of sailing and surfing schools in Foz do Arelho,
and the one you used at the Nadadouro end of the lagoon with a
cafe/restaurant beside the lagoon is very well regarded.

best regards,
David

http://www.harleystreet.net/moinhos.html


Original Photographs by Henry Szwinto

September 11, 2013 10:10 PM | DavidAuthor Profile Page replied:

Hi Mike,

Glad you've made contact. He does take some lovely photos.

Hopefully he'll come over here one day and take some photos of our spectacular Obidos Lagoon.

regards,
David

See the 2/3 bedroom villa apartment at:-
http://www.harleystreet.net/moinhos.html



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