Caldas da Rainha, Silver Coast: city of arts, healing waters and great beach holidays
At 5 miles from Casa do Lago, Portugal luxury villa:
Caldas da Rainha is the municipality (50.000 inhabitants) next to the villa Casa do Lago.
It's city of arts and wellness with a young population of artists thanks to the Upper School of Arts and Design.
Famous traditional pottery, often used for social criticism or as weird erotic pieces
In Caldas da Rainha you will find the only veggies market in Portugal that is open every day, all year long!
Besides that there are plenty of restaurants for every taste (traditional, Italian, veg, Indian, etc), cinemas, a cultural and art centre (the CCC) and obviously many traditional cafes and bars.
Medieval Church, an example of Manuelino Style construction
The particularity of Caldas da Rainha is that it is built around a central park with a small lake and its history linked to thermal waters: in fact, the city was founded by Queen Leonor in 14th century because of the therapeutic hot springs in the area.
The small and beautiful city has nine museums (including the Museum of Sao Rafael dedicated to the famous Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro).
D. Carlos Park in Caldas da Rainha; museums, children playgrounds, large ponds, centenary trees, aquatic birds can be found in this park.
more information about Caldas da Rainha:
ARTS & LEISURE:
Museum Jose Malhoa (famous painter)
Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro (artworks)
SPA Hospital and Caldas Museum
CCC (Cultural Centre)
Church of Our Lady of Populo
Church of Our Lady of Martires