December 8, 2013

Discover Portugal

Discover Portugal's Manor Houses, Family Farms and Country Houses. There is plenty to see and do wherever you choose to stay in Portugal.

This video shows some of what you can enjoy in North Portugal and Central Portugal as well as the better known Lisbon and Alentejo regions, and not forgetting of course the ever popular Algarve, Azores and Madeira.

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November 6, 2011

Flamingos on the Obidos Lagoon

I saw the Flamingos on the island in the middle of the Obidos
Lagoon from the verandah of our rental apartment at Moinhos da
Costa, Foz do Arelho

Flamingos on Obidos Lagoon - youtube
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Above is a somewhat wobbly video shot earlier in September,
so that seems quite a long stay for them already this year.

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July 19, 2011

Surfers and Surfing on the Silver Coast

The Atlantic coast of Portugal is world renowned for it's
quality of surf. The World Surf Tour comes to Peniche on the
Silver Coast every year and Surfer Mag acknowledged Supertubes
(supertubos) and the Baleal beaches as being among the best
surfing spots in the world. Below is a very long video of two
Welsh Lads enjoying a full day of surf at one of the many surf
spot beaches at Peniche.

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July 18, 2011

Hang Gliding, Paragliding & Microlights on the Silver Coast

Extreme sports like Hang Gliding and Paragliding are popular on
the Silver Coast and pilots are frequently seen using thermals
to launch themselves from cliffs and then soaring above the
almost empty expanses of beach in various places from the Obidos
Lagoon to Nazare and beyond. This sequence below shows
Paragliding and "soaring" over the beach at Pedra do Ouro.

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As well as Hang Gliding and Paragliding at the beach of Bom
Sucesso, Microlight aircraft fly from the small airfield at
Arelho located at the inland end of the Obidos Lagoon and I've
also included two videos of those....

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April 30, 2011

Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall on the Silver Coast

Zara Phillips, 12th in line to the British throne, is building
her first home abroad on the Silver Coast at CampoReal with her
fiancé Mike Tindall the England rugby captain.

Another Royal wedding in 2011 - youtube video clip
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Zara says of her choice of location: "I find I unwind quickly as
everyone is very friendly but in a relaxed way. My villa will be
built on the edge of vineyards that have been there for
centuries, there are stunning beaches nearby and Mike and I can
improve our handicaps on the golf course. The decision to build
my holiday home here was pretty straightforward really."

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July 5, 2010

Bom Sucesso shopping centre

I was invited to visit the Bom Sucesso Design Resort, Leisure &
Golf today to see the progress of the new shopping area next to
the reception.

It looks like the supermarket which promises to specialise in
gourmet foods and be the premier gourmet outlet in the Oeste
region will be opening shortly. I'm told the plan is to be open
by August. The new Maze Restaurant, Bar and Pizzaria is also
looking like it will be up and running by August which will
increase the restaurants available on the resort to four.

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April 17, 2010

Dolphins on the Silver Coast Portugal

We took a walk on the beach at Bom Sucesso today and down to the
opening of the Obidos Lagoon. It's a pity I didn't bring the
camera as the dolphins were both the most numerous and the
closest to the shore I've seen. (the picture I've included here
is a Bottlenose courtesy of NASA)


We've seen dolphins off the coast at Foz do Arelho before, but
on this occasion there were at least fifteen clearly visible
from the beach. Both Common Bottlenose and Short-beaked
Common Dolphins
are found in our waters.

Regular boat trips are organised to the Berlengas from Peniche
and in recent years dolphin trips have been going out from
. For a few selected videos of the local dolphins seen by
others at Nazare, Peniche and the Berlengas islands, see below....

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