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Caldas da Rainha

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Caldas da Rainha is a city in western Central Portugal, about 10 km (6.2 mi) from the Atlantic Ocean. Absent from most international travelers' itineraries, the charming Caldas da Rainha is an excellent place to experience genuine Portugal without hordes of tourists. Caldas offers visitors countless experiences to savour: a beautiful park, a bustling farmers' market, several museums, shops, restaurants, cafés, bars, and nearby beaches.

Understand[edit]

Statue of Queen Leonor, founder of Caldas da Rainha.

Caldas da Rainha is an artistic city, and artworks aren't confined to its several museums. Caldas' main park contains many statues and sculptures, as do most of the city's roundabouts and even city sidewalks. The city is home to a college of art and design, as well as a vocational school devoted to ceramics. Caldas da Rainha's centre has many excellent examples of Art Nouveau architecture, with beautiful titled exteriors. You can even take art home with you, in the form of world-renowned ceramic creations from the Bordallo Pinheiro factory. In recognition of its crafts and folk art, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) added Caldas to its Creative Cities Network in 2019.

The city of Caldas da Rainha has 27,000 residents and serves as the seat of a municipality of the same name with a population of almost 52,000. Caldas is also the seat of the Comunidade Intermunicipal do Oeste (West Intermunicipal Community), made up of 12 municipalities with over 362,000 people. Historically, Caldas was part of the Estremadura province, but these stopped being used for government purposes in 1976. Caldas was part of the Leiria district, but districts are also being phased out, although they still have some residual uses.

For centuries, the sulphurous curative waters of Caldas were its main draw. The city's name can be translated as "Queen's Hot Springs", "Queen's Spa", or "Queen's Baths". Locals, known as caldenses, usually refer to the city as simply "Caldas".

History[edit]

A non-contemporaneous portrait of Queen Leonor by José Malhoa displayed in his namesake museum.

Caldas da Rainha was founded by Queen Leonor, wife of King João II. One day in 1484, while traveling from Óbidos to Batalha, she found a group of peasants bathing in foul-smelling waters by the roadside. She stopped to inquire about this strange sight, and the bathers told the queen of the waters' curative powers. She decided to try the waters for herself and was pleased to find that she was quickly relieved of some affliction she had been suffering. The queen ordered a thermal hospital built on the site of those waters, so that others may enjoy the relief that she felt. Construction began the following year, 1485, and the first patients were admitted in 1488. Work continued until about 1496 or 1497. To pay for hospital and its adjoining church, the queen sold her jewels and used income from her landholdings. The spa hospital still stands to serve those with certain medical conditions.

In 1511, King Manuel I, brother of Queen Leonor, declared Caldas da Rainha a town. In 1821, the town became a municipal seat. Caldas was elevated to city status in August 1927.

During the 20th century, Caldas served as a refuge several times. In 1901 and 1902, the city welcomed 350 Boer men, women and children escaping the devastation of the Second Boer War in South Africa. During World War I, in which Portugal fought alongside the Allies, German men of military age were interned in Caldas and released after the end of the war. During World War II, when Portugal remained neutral, Caldas housed hundreds of Jewish refugees, as well as 230 Britons who had been living in Axis Italy. Also ensconced in Caldas were British and American airmen who crashed or landed in Portugal or off its coast.

Before dawn on 16 March 1974, in a prelude to Portugal's Carnation Revolution, a group of 30 officers and 300 enlisted soldiers from the army base in Caldas attempted a coup d'etat. Upon reaching the outskirts of Lisbon, the nation's capital, they found that the other units that were supposed to revolt had not made it. The men returned to Caldas, locked themselves in the base, and awaited the consequences. They were surrounded, arrested, and sent to various military prisons, and were released 40 days later on 25 April 1974, when Carnation Revolution came.

Orientation[edit]

Map of the municipality of Caldas da Rainha, showing the 12 freguesias as of the 2013 administrative reorganization.

City[edit]

The city of Caldas da Rainha is divided into two freguesias (civil parishes): Nossa Senhora do Pópulo and Santo Onofre. The parishes are separated from each other by the railway tracks. Although not a large city, Caldas da Rainha has several distinct neighbourhoods in each parish.

Nossa Senhora do Pópulo[edit]
  • 1 Caldas da Rainha — Nossa Senhora do Pópulo, Rua Almirante Cândido Reis 1 (Rua das Montras), +351 262 832 729, . (pop. 16,114) This urban civil parish forms the eastern half of the city, where most of the sites of interest to visitors are found. Nossa Senhora do Pópulo (Q1278896) on Wikidata Nossa Senhora do Pópulo on Wikipedia
    • Avenal, in the city's southeast, is a mostly residential neighborhood, that also hosts the Arts Centre and the Ceramics Museum.
    • Bairro Azul (Blue Neighbourhood), just west of Praça Cinco (5) de Outubro, earned it named from the predominantly blue tile façades of its buildings. Shopping and services are available here.
    • Bairro Lisbonense, named after the venerable defunct Grand'Hotel Lisbonense, is dominated by the hotel's modern replacement, Caldas' largest shopping centre, and apartment blocks (most, for some reason, trimmed in shades of brown). Here you will find an abundance of cafés, beauty salons, and other local services.
    • Centro (City Centre) is where visitors are likely to spend much of their time, shopping, dining, relaxing. Here you'll find beautiful Art Nouveau buildings on narrow streets with narrow sidewalks. The city's principal squares—Praça da República (Praça da Fruta), Praça Cinco (5) de Outubro, and Praça Vinte e Cinco (25) de Abril—are found here.
    • Encosta do Sol (Sun Slope), in the city's east, is a residential neighbourhood, rising uphill from the centre.
    • Zona Histórica (Historic Zone) is where Caldas da Rainha began. This area has the spa hospital, the Church of Nossa Senhora do Pópulo, the royal palace, and ancient winding lanes.
Santo Onofre[edit]
  • 2 Caldas da Rainha — Santo Onofre, Rua 15 de Agosto 27, +351 262 823 601, . (pop. 11,223) This urban civil parish comprises the western half of the city of Caldas da Rainha. It is more residential and less commercial than Nossa Senhora do Pópulo, but does contain amenities such as the library, a sports complex, several large supermarkets, and numerous cafés. Caldas da Rainha - Santo Onofre e Serra do Bouro (Q20059433) on Wikidata Caldas da Rainha — Santo Onofre e Serra do Bouro on Wikipedia
    • Bairro Além da Ponte, commonly called Bairro da Ponte (Neighbourhood Beyond the Bridge or the Bridge Neighbourhood), is the neighbourhood in Santo Onofre closest to the city centre. It got its start in the late 19th century housing ceramics factory workers.
    • Bairro dos Arneiros (Arneiros Neighbourhood, literally "sandy area"), in the city's northwest, began as a complex of social housing and grew beyond its original footprint. Abundant shopping and services make the area a convenient place to live.
    • Bairro das Morenas (Morenas Neighbourhood, literally "brunettes" or "dark-skinned"), in the civil parish's southeast, started as a social housing project and grew from there.
    • Cidade Nova (New City), in the northeast of the civil parish, is a residential neighborhood surrounded by big-box shopping, the exhibition centre, the viaduct connecting the two civil parishes, and the railway.

Municipality[edit]

Beyond the two freguesias (civil parishes) that make up the city, the municipality of Caldas da Rainha contains fourteen civil parishes, which are largely rural. Each parish celebrates its patron saint with an annual festival, typically centered around the village's small white-washed church. During the summer months, when many immigrants return home to visit family, the parishes hold parties with music, dancing, and food. The parishes usually contain multiple named settlements and are usually named after the most populous one.

There are now only twelve civil parishes, following a controversial 2013 national law that merged smaller parishes to save money on administration. The merged parishes are:

  • Nossa Senhora do Pópulo, Coto, and São Gregório
  • Santo Onofre and Serra do Bouro
  • Tornada and Salir do Porto

Residents, however, still hold allegiance to and refer to their pre-merger parishes. They are listed separately below. The contact information and coordinates provided below are for each junta de freguesia (parish council).

  • 3 A dos Francos, Ladeira Dona Palmira, A dos Francos, +351 262 949 534, . (pop. 1,701) A dos Francos has town (vila) status. The Capela do Espírito Santo (Chapel of the Holy Spirit) dates from the 12th century. A dos Francos (Q300627) on Wikidata A dos Francos on Wikipedia
  • 4 Alvorninha, Rua António Filipe, Alvorninha, +351 262 930 548, . (pop. 2,987) Alvorninha holds a popular Sunday market, Mercado de Santana. Alvorninha (Q449596) on Wikidata Alvorninha on Wikipedia
  • 5 Carvalhal Benfeito, Rua Senhora das Merçês 25, Carvalhal Benfeito, +351 262 927 865, . (pop. 1,279) Carvalhal Benfeito offers mountains, hills, and valleys offer a beautiful panorama of varied landscape. Carvalhal Benfeito (Q1046099) on Wikidata Carvalhal Benfeito on Wikipedia
  • 6 Coto, +351 262 832 729, . (pop. 1,344) Coto is the smallest in area of the municipality's civil parishes. Sights include the Capela de São Jacinto (Chapel of St. Hyacinth), and the Igreja Paroquial de Nossa Senhora dos Anjos (Parish Church of Our Lady of the Angels). The parish has been merged with Nossa Senhora do Pópulo and São Gregório since 2013. São Gregório (Q1585029) on Wikidata Caldas da Rainha — Nossa Senhora do Pópulo, Coto e São Gregório on Wikipedia
  • 7 Foz do Arelho, Rua Francisco Almeida Grandella 8P, Foz do Arelho, +351 262 979 432, . (pop. 1,339) Foz do Arelho has two beaches: one on the Atlantic Ocean and one inland on Lagoa de Óbidos (Óbidos Lagoon). Foz do Arelho holds town (vila) status since 2009. Foz do Arelho (Q429713) on Wikidata Foz do Arelho on Wikipedia
  • 8 Landal, Rua Divino Espírito Santo 2, Landal, +351 262 949 730, . (pop. 1,051) Landal, the Capital da Codorniz (Capital of the Quail), has several chapels in addition to its mother church. There is also a museum dedicated to rural life and another in an old schoolhouse. Landal (Q1258001) on Wikidata Landal on Wikipedia
  • 9 Nadadouro, Rua do Centro 15, Nadadouro, +351 262 979 108, . (pop. 1,904) Located on Óbidos Lagoon, Nadadouro offers aquatic and camping fun. Nadadouro (Q1963184) on Wikidata Nadadouro on Wikipedia
  • 10 Salir de Matos, Rua Principal 8, Salir de Matos, +351 262 877 732, . (pop. 2,583) Salir de Matos is a rural parish with plenty of activity going on. Salir de Matos (Q1327055) on Wikidata Salir de Matos on Wikipedia
  • 11 Salir do Porto, Largo do Cemitério 1, Salir do Porto, +351 262 881 430, . (pop. 797) Although it borders the Atlantic, Salir do Porto has only a riverside beach and no ocean beach. Since 2013, it has been merged with Tornada. Salir do Porto (Q575984) on Wikidata Salir do Porto on Wikipedia
  • 12 Santa Catarina, Rua Dr. Bertolino Coelho 14, Santa Catarina, +351 262 927 259, . (pop. 3,029) Santa Catarina, which holds town (vila) status, is the Terra de cutelarias (Land of cutlery). Santa Catarina (Q784525) on Wikidata Santa Catarina (Caldas da Rainha) on Wikipedia
  • 13 São Gregório, +351 262 832 729, . (pop. 955) Named for Pope Gregory I (c. 540 – 604), commonly known as Saint Gregory the Great, São Gregório remains a land of agriculture, producing mainly fruit and wine. It has been merged with Nossa Senhora do Pópulo and Coto since 2013. São Gregório (Q1585029) on Wikidata Caldas da Rainha — Nossa Senhora do Pópulo, Coto e São Gregório on Wikipedia
  • 14 Serra do Bouro, Estrada da Alviela 12, Cidade, Serra do Bouro, +351 262 979 490, . (pop. 703) Serra do Bouro is the least populous of Caldas's civil parishes. It lies on the Atlantic Ocean, but there are no beaches here. Its cliffs overlook the sea. The 16th-Century Igreja Matriz de Nossa Senhora dos Mártires (Mother Church of Our lady of the Martyrs) features some Manueline details. Since 2013, Serra do Bouro has been merged with Santo Onofre. Serra do Bouro (Q2273978) on Wikidata Serra do Bouro on Wikipedia
  • 15 Tornada, Largo do Rossio 7A, Tornada, +351 262 881 430, . (pop. 3,561) Located just north of the city, Tornada is the most populous civil parish outside the city. Along the N8 road, you can find restaurants, big-box stores, automotive services, and other businesses. If you have a car, it may be worth a look, but probably not if you don't have private transportation. Since 2013, it has been merged with Salir do Porto. Tornada (Q2296684) on Wikidata Tornada e Salir do Porto on Wikipedia
  • 16 Vidais, Largo Nossa Senhora da Piedade 1, Vidais, +351 262 930 401, . (pop. 1,155) The economy of this rural community depends on growing fruit and winemaking. Local artisans make wicker baskets. Vidais (Q652696) on Wikidata Vidais on Wikipedia

Climate[edit]

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Caldas da Rainha experiences a "warm-summer Mediterranean" climate (Köppen climate classification Csb, if you're into that sort of thing), sometimes called "cool-summer Mediterranean". This is the same climate as in Porto, San Francisco and Cape Town, with lower temperatures than those experienced in "hot-summer Mediterranean" cities such as Rome, Los Angeles, or Perth.

Visitor information[edit]

  • 1 Turismo (Tourist Info.), Rua do Provedor Frei Jorge de São Paulo 5A, at E end of Praça da República (Praça da Fruta) ( Azul  to Praça da Fruta), +351 262 240 005, . May–Aug: Tu–Th 10:00–19:00, F–M 10:00–13:00 & 15:00–19:00; Sep–Apr: Tu–Th 10:00–18:00, F–M 10:00–13:00 & 15:00–18:00. In addition to tourism information, this space includes a shop with regional products and artisanal goods, a café–restaurant, and loos (restrooms).
  • Caldas da Rainha - City Guide. Sponsored by the Câmara Municipal (city council) and developed by Bitcliq, Caldas da Rainha - City Guide is a tour guide on your phone or tablet. The app includes itineraries, sites of interest, and an events calendar. Available for both iOS and Android.
  • GoCaldas, +351 961 481 448, . In partnership with the Câmara Municipal (city council), GoCaldas offers a trove of information useful in planning your visit to Caldas da Rainha.

Get in[edit]

Caldas da Rainha's location within Portugal.

By plane[edit]

The nearest airport is in Lisbon (LIS IATA), about 85 km (53 mi) south of Caldas da Rainha. There are several options to reach Caldas from Lisbon Airport:

  • Drive. Upon exiting the airport, follow the signs to A8 OESTE. Next, follow the directions in the "By car" section. Tolls on the A8 motorway total €4.85.
  • Rodoviária do Oeste's Rápida Verde bus service. Take the Lisbon Metro Red Line (Linha Vermelha) from Aeroporto station and transfer at Alameda station to the Green Line (Linha Verde) to Campo Grande station or at Saldanha station to the Yellow Line (Linha Amarela) to Campo Grande station. Next, follow the directions in the "By bus" section.
  • Rede Nacional de Expressos (Rede Expressos) express bus service. Take the Lisbon Metro Red Line (Linha Vermelha) from Aeroporto station and transfer at S. Sebastião station to the Blue Line (Linha Azul) to Jardim Zoológico station, near the Sete Rios bus terminal. Aerobus Line 2 also travels between the airport and Sete Rios. Next, follow the directions in the "By bus" section.
  • Comboios de Portugal rail service on Linha do Oeste (Western Line). The station nearest the airport for all direct (and most indirect) service to Caldas is Entrecampos. Take the Lisbon Metro Red Line (Linha Vermelha) from Aeroporto station and transfer at Saldanha station to the Yellow Line (Linha Amarela) to Entrecampos station. Aerobus Lines 1 and 2 also travel between the airport and Entrecampos. Next, follow the directions in the "By train" section.
  • Taxi from the airport to Caldas da Rainha takes about an hour and will cost around €90–100. Base metered fare will be about €45.31. Heavy traffic may push the fare up to €52.95. A 20% surcharge applies 21:00–06:00, so about €58.98. Luggage adds €1.60 per piece, and there is a booking fee of €0.80, if applicable. Tolls on the A8 motorway total €4.85. For trips outside Lisbon, taximeters are rarely used, so you'll need to negotiate the fare with the driver. If the meter is used, the rates are doubled for trips outside of Lisbon. Keep in mind that the driver needs to get back to Lisbon and cannot pick up passengers until they reach that city. Remember to tip about 10%.

By car[edit]

Caldas da Rainha is served by two autoestradas (motorways or expressways):

  • A8 (Autoestrada do Oeste) runs south to Lisbon via Óbidos, Bombarral, Torres Vedras, and Loures; and north to Leiria via Valado dos Frades (for Alcobaça and Nazaré) and Marinha Grande.
    • Exit 17 for Gaeiras (Óbidos) provides an approach via N8 to the southernmost areas of the city.
    • Exit 18 for Caldas da Rainha leaves you on N360. It is convenient to most of the city and to Foz do Arelho via the older Estrada da Foz.
    • Exit 19 for Caldas da Rainha / Zona Industrial, which puts you on Avenida Atlântica, is best for northern areas of the city and for Foz do Arelho via the newer Variante Atlântica. Bus companies prefer exit 19 over exit 18, as it offers less congested routes into the city centre.
    • Exit 20 for Tornada leaves you on N8 a few km north of the city.
  • A15 (Autoestrada do Atlântico) runs from A8 east to Rio Maior and Santarém, serving several of Caldas' rural civil parishes.
    • Exit 2 for A dos Negros (Óbidos) also serves Caldas' rural civil parish of São Gregório on N115.
    • Exit 3 for A dos Francos is actually in a corner of Vidais.

Several national roads (estradas nacionais), which are not grade separated, serve the city and municipality:

  • N8 (Estrada da Estremadura), once the main highway of the region, runs right through the centre of town. It runs south to Torres Vedras and Loures, a suburb of Lisbon; and north to Alcobaça.
  • N114 goes west to Óbidos and Peniche; and east to Rio Maior, Santarém, and Évora.
  • N114-1 connects the city centre with N114 to the east.
  • N115 runs south to Cadaval and Loures.
  • N360 runs from Foz do Arelho in the municipality's extreme west, through the city, and east to Benedita in Alcobaça municipality.
  • N361 runs from Landal and A dos Francos, in the municipality's southeast corner, west to Cadaval, Bombarral, and Lourinhã; and east to Rio Maior.

Routes (itinerários) run over several numbered motorways and roads, rather than being their own roads (at least those which serve Caldas):

  • IP 6 is a principal route (itinerário principal), which includes A15. The route stretches from Peniche and Óbidos, paralleling N114, then over a small stretch of A8, then via A15 to Santarém and on to Castelo Branco.
  • IC 1 is a complementary route (itinerário complementar), which includes A8. South of Caldas, the route goes to Torres Vedras, Lisbon, the Alentejo, and the Algarve. North of Caldas, the route runs to Leiria, Figueira da Foz, Aveiro, Porto, Viana do Castelo, and Valença.

By bus[edit]

  • 1 Terminal Rodoviário (Bus Terminal), Rua Coronel Soeiro de Brito 35 (at the intersection of Rua Heróis da Grande Guerra,  Laranja   Verde  to Terminal Rodoviário or  Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Montepio), +351 262 831 067. Renovated and modernized in 2015, the bus terminal is located in the city centre and serves all out-of-town bus routes. For most destinations, including Lisbon, the bus is faster than the train.
    • Rede Nacional de Expressos (Rede Expressos), +351 707 223 344, . This national coach company offers express service to several cities, including: Aveiro (2 hr 15 min – 2 hr 55 min, €14.40), Coimbra (2 hr 20 min – 2 hr 40 min, €12.60), Leiria (40 min – 1 hr 20 min, €6.30), Lisbon (at the Sete Rios bus terminal, 1 hr 10 min, €7.80), Nazaré (30–40 min, €6), Peniche (30 min, €6), and Porto (3 hr 15 min – 4 hr 10 min, €16.70).
    • Rodoviária do Oeste (RDO), +351 262 767 676, . This regional coach company, formerly part of Rodoviária do Tejo, provides service to nearby cities, towns, villages, and beaches in the Oeste region. It also offers two special "rapid" services.
      • Rápida Verde. RDO offers frequent service on the Rápida Verde (Green Rapid) to Óbidos (20 min), Bombarral (35 min), and Lisbon (at Campo Grande, 1 hr 20 min). On weekdays, Rápida Verde offers 32 round trips, with rush-hour peak-direction trips running every 10 min. Weekend and holiday service consists of 13 round trips. In Caldas, the bus makes a stop at Expoeste. At Campo Grande, Rápida Verde boards on Rua Actor António Silva (east of the metro and bus stations, across from some apartment buildings). To Lisbon: adults €8.05, children 4–12 years €4, children under 4 years free, 65+ years €6.45, youth/student card €6.85, monthly passes and multi-ticket discounts are available.
      • Rápida Rosa. RDO offers Rápida Rosa (Pink Rapid) service to São Martinho do Porto (20 min), Nazaré (32 min), Leiria (1 hr 10 min), and select stops in between, with 4 round trips each weekday. To Leiria: adults €7.30, same-day round trip €12.45, children 4–12 years €3.65, children under 4 years free, 6 prepaid tickets €25.15, monthly pass €90.

By train[edit]

Caldas da Rainha Railway Station
  • Comboios de Portugal (CP), +351 707 210 220. Multiple daily regional and inter-regional trains connect Caldas da Rainha to other locations along Portugal's west coast on the Linha do Oeste (Western Line, PDF timetable), including Lisbon (various stations, including Santa Apolonia, 2 hr 19 min – 2 hr 33 min, €9.20), Torres Vedras (42–52 min, €4.05) , Leiria (44 min – 1 hr, €5.25–5.80), Coimbra (2 hr 13 min – 2 hr 41 min, €12.80–12.90), and points in between. Old infrastructure and meandering around hills mean that the train is usually slower than the bus, especially to Lisbon.
    • 2 Estação Ferroviária Caldas da Rainha (Caldas da Rainha Railway Station), Largo da Estação, at the W end of Avenida Primeiro (1º) de Maio ( Laranja   Verde  to Estação CP). Daily 06:00–21:00. While awaiting your train, enjoy the beautiful tiled walls, showing motifs of local life and history.
    • 3 Estação Ferroviária Salir do Porto (Salir do Porto Railway Station). Other than the main Caldas da Rainha station, Salir do Porto has the only remaining train station in the municipality, following the closure of several other rural whistle-stops. Three regional trains in each direction between Leiria and Lisbon stop here daily.

Get around[edit]

Map of Caldas da Rainha

Caldas has several streets and plazas that are known to locals by names other than their current official appellations. These are often names that the municipal council has changed or names that are more descriptive. The following will be most useful to visitors.

  • Largo Conde de Fontalva is better known as Largo da Rainha (queen's square, as the statue of Queen Leonor sits in the middle of this roundabout).
  • Largo da Rainha D. Leonor (not to be confused with the item above) was formerly called Largo da Copa. You will find the thermal hospital here.
  • Rua Alexandre Herculano is also called Rua do Jardim (garden street).
  • Rua Almirante Cândido Reis is known as Rua das Montras (street of storefronts).
  • Rua Dr. José Saudade e Silva was formerly called Rua da Electricidade (electricity street).
  • Rua Vitorino Fróis is also called Rua da Estrada da Foz, as it leads directly to the older road to Foz do Arelho (N360).
  • Praça Cinco (5) de Outubro also is named Antiga Praça do Peixe (old fish square, since it used to host the seafood market).
  • Praça da República is well known as Praça da Fruta (fruit square, since it hosts the daily farmers' market).

On foot[edit]

Caldas da Rainha is a compact city. Most locations of interest are within 10–15 min walking distance. Although Caldas is in a hilly region, most of the hills within the city are manageable by people of moderate fitness. In the city centre, sidewalks tend to be very narrow, sometimes close to nonexistent.

The city centre offers several car-free streets, usually with shopping opportunities, including Rua Almirante Cândido Reis, Rua Alexandre Herculano, Rua da Liberdade, Praça Cinco (5) de Outubro, and a block of Rua Miguel Bombarda.

By bus[edit]

  • 4 TOMA, Customer service: Praça Vinte e Cinco (25) de Abril 43 ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Câmara), +351 262 240 000, . M–F 07:30–19:30, Sa 08:00–14:00, Su no service. TOMA is the local minibus service that runs within the city during the day on weekdays and in the morning and early afternoon on Saturdays. TOMA operates about every half hour on three lines. The Linha Azul (blue line) runs hourly outside rush hour. All lines serve the city centre and each line serves other sectors of Caldas. €1.10 for single ride bought on board, €0.55 with prepaid "TTT" (Título de Transporte do TOMA). See full fare & discount details here. TOMA (Q17026147) on Wikidata TOMA (Caldas da Rainha) on Wikipedia
  • Rede RoCaldas, +351 707 200 334, . Rede RoCaldas, operated by Rodoviária do Oeste in cooperation with the Câmara Municipal (city council), provides service to the rural civil parishes (freguesias) within Caldas da Rainha municipality. Twenty-two routes connect the city of Caldas to outlying villages. Five routes connect A dos Francos to its nearby communities, and three routes operate from Santa Catarina to its environs.

By taxi[edit]

Taxis in Caldas da Rainha are black with a light green roof. Older cabs have a creamy beige color. There are two taxi stands in the city and two elsewhere in the municipality. If you are not near one, call the number for the nearest one, and the next available taxi will come pick you up.

  • 5 Rua Engº Duarte Pacheco taxi stand (on the street that connects the municipal hall with the bus terminal), +351 262 831 098.
  • 6 Praça da República (Praça da Fruta) taxi stand (at the northeast corner of the city's main square), +351 262 832 455.
  • 7 Praça de Táxis da Foz do Arelho, Avenida do Mar (adjacent to the beach), +351 919 304 824.
  • 8 Praça de Táxis de Tornada, Rua dos Choupos (north of the city on the N8 road), +351 917 211 560.

By car[edit]

Driving in Caldas is not recommended. The central areas of the city have many narrow one-way streets. On-street parking is difficult to find near popular destinations. Given the compact nature of the city and the proximity of the sights, it is easier to park for the duration of your visit and get around on foot or on TOMA.

The city of Caldas does not have any traffic lights. Intersections are controlled with stop signs (with STOP written in English) or by roundabouts (traffic circles). You will find traffic lights in some of the rural civil parishes, where they are used to slow down cars as they travel down roads through populated areas of villages. The red lights are often triggered by speed or vehicle presence sensors.

In addition to various open-air parking lots (some free of charge), the city has three centrally located paid underground garages:

  • 9 Praça Vinte e Cinco (25) de Abril Parking. Near Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Pópulo (newer church), city hall, the courthouse, the bus station, and shopping.
  • 10 Praça Cinco (5) de Outubro Parking (Antiga Praça do Peixe). Near restaurants, bars, and shopping.
  • 11 Centro Cultural e de Congressos Parking (CCC). At the cultural and conference centre.

See[edit]

In October 2019, UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) named Caldas da Rainha to its Creative Cities Network in recognition of its "crafts and folk art".

Museums[edit]

Museu da Cerâmica (ceramics museum) is housed in an old manor house.
A royal palace now houses Museu do Hospital e das Caldas, a museum dedicated to the thermal hospital and the city.
A statue of José Malhoa stands before his namesake museum in the Parque D. Carlos I.
  • 1 Casa Museu São Rafael, Rua Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro 53 ( Verde  to Centro d'Artes), +351 262 839 380, . M–F by appointment. This museum is dedicated to the ceramic works produced by the Rafael Bordallo Pinheiro factory next door, including some original pieces by Bordallo Pinheiro himself from the late 19th century.
  • 2 Centro de Artes (Arts Centre), Rua Dr. Ilídio Amado ( Verde  to Centro d'Artes), +351 262 840 540, . M 09:00–12:30 & 14:00–17:30, W–F 09:00–13:00 & 14:00–18:00, Sa Su & holidays 09:00–13:00 & 15:00–18:00; closed Tu, Christmas, New Year's Day, Easter & 1st May. The Arts Centre is a collection of five museums, largely dedicated to sculpture, but also including paintings, drawings, and prints. Beyond the works in the museums, there are numerous sculptures displayed throughout the grounds. Guided tours are available by appointment. Free admission.
    • 3 Atelier-Museu António Duarte. Inaugurated in 1985 after master sculptor António Duarte (1912–1988) donated his collection to his hometown of Caldas. Works include painting, sculpture, design, and religious art.
    • 4 Atelier-Museu João Fragoso. Opened in 1994 to display the works of sculptor João Fragoso (1913–2000). You can see the evolution of his work from figurative to abstract to minimalist.
    • 5 Museu Barata Feyo. Dedicated to the work of sculptor, essayist, and pedagogue Salvador Barata Feyo (1899–1990), this museum was opened in 2004. The museum was designed by the artist's son, architect António Barata Feyo.
    • 6 Museu Leopoldo de Almeida. Inaugurated on 15 May 2017, this museum features the works of Leopoldo Neves de Almeida (18 October 1898 – 28 April 1975), one of the most notable sculptors of the Estado Novo (New State) period of Portugal. Almeida is best known for the Monument to the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos) in Lisbon.
    • 7 Espaço da Concas. Opened in 2009, this space displays the works of Maria da Conceição Nunes, known as Concas (1946–1991). Donated by the artist's family, the paintings span from her 1960s work in Mozambique, through her fine arts studies in Lisbon, and to the work she completed on the eve of her death.
  • 8 Museu da Cerâmica (Ceramics Museum), Rua Dr. Ilídio Amado 97 ( Verde  to Centro d'Artes), +351 262 840 280, . May to Sep: Tu–Sa 10:00–12:30 & 14:00–18:00, Su & holidays 10:00–14:00 & 15:00–18:00; Oct–Apr: Tu–Sa 10:00–12:30 & 14:00–17:30, Su & holidays 10:00–14:00 & 15:00–17:30; closed M, 1 Jan, Easter Sunday, 1 May, 15 May, 25 Dec. Situated in a late Romantic manor house, the Ceramics Museum displays a wide collection from Caldas, from around Portugal, and from other places on the globe. The museum holds pottery pieces from the 17th through early 20th centuries, with emphasis on local artist Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro. The collection also includes tiles and tile panels. €3; 50% discount for 65+, student & youth cards, and others; free for age 12 & under, resident citizens Su & holidays until 14:00; complete admission details. Museu de Cerâmica (Q6940625) on Wikidata Museu de Cerâmica (Caldas da Rainha) on Wikipedia
  • 9 Museu do Ciclismo (Cycling Museum), Rua de Camões 57 ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Rainha), +351 262 240 000, . Tu–F 10:00–12:30 & 14:00–17:30, Sa Su 10:00–12:30 & 14:30–17:00, M closed. This small museum is dedicated to the history of cycling in Portugal. Several historical bicycles are on display. Free admission.
  • 10 Museu do Hospital e das Caldas (Museum of the Hospital and of Caldas), Rua Rodrigo Berquó ( Azul  to Praça da Fruta), +351 262 830 300, . Tu–Sa & holidays 10:00–12:30 & 14:00–17:30, Su 09:00–12:00, closed M. Housed in a former royal palace, this museum presents the history of the thermal hospital and of the city of Caldas. They offer tours of the hospital and its associated patrimony. €3, €1.50 for retirees and youth card holders, free to age 14.
  • 11 Museu José Malhoa, Parque D. Carlos I ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Rainha), +351 262 831 984, . May–Sep: Tu–Sa 10:00–12:30 & 14:00–18:00, Su & holidays 10:00–14:00 & 15:00–18:00; Oct–Apr: Tu–Sa 10:00–12:30 & 14:00–17:30, Su & holidays 10:00–14:00 & 15:00–17:30; closed M, 1 Jan, Easter Sunday,1 May, 15 May, 25 Dec. This small yet intriguing museum displays painting and sculpture from the 19th and 20th centuries, with emphasis on Portuguese naturalism and the works of José Malhoa (1855–1933). The collection includes pieces by Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro, including the evocative sixty-sculpture set Passion of Christ. You won't find famous works here, but many pieces are worthy of hanging on the walls of the world's finest museums. Worth a visit. Don't miss the bas-relief figures on the façade of this building that was Portugal's first purpose-built museum. A handheld English audioguide is available. General admission €3; 50% discount for 65+, student & youth cards, and others; Su & holidays until 14:00: free for age 12 & under and resident citizens See complete admission details. José Malhoa Museum (Q6292942) on Wikidata José Malhoa Museum on Wikipedia

Churches[edit]

Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Pópulo, with the thermal hospital directly behind.
Interior of Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Pópulo.
  • 12 Ermida do Espírito Santo (Hermitage of the Holy Spirit), Largo João de Deus (uphill SE of the thermal hospital;  Azul  to Praça da Fruta). Mannerist and baroque chapel built in the 16th century and rebuilt in the 18th century. (Q10300906) on Wikidata
  • 13 Ermida de São Sebastião (Hermitage of Saint Sebastian), NE corner of Praça da República (Praça da Fruta) ( Azul  to Praça da Fruta). 16th-century mannerist and baroque chapel. Remodeled in the 18th century, the chapel is covered in tiles depicting the life of Saint Sebastian. Tours can be arranged through the Museu do Hospital e das Caldas (see above). Ermida de São Sebastião (Q10273954) on Wikidata
  • 14 Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição (Church of Our Lady of the Conception), Praça Vinte e Cinco (25) de Abril ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Câmara), +351 262 832 029, . Visit: M–Sa 08:00–20:00, Su 08:00–13:00 & 17:00–19:00; Mass: M–Sa 19:00; Su 09:00, 10:15, 12:00, 18:00; 1st Sa of month 09:00. Modern church built in the early 1950s to accommodate the city's growing population. The façade and décor aren't as off-putting as other mid-century houses of worship, but compared with older churches in Portugal, Nossa Senhora da Conceição seems plain and unadorned. Its interior is mostly bright white sparingly adorned with some blue azulejo tiles, statues, and stations of the cross. Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição (Q10300361) on Wikidata
  • 15 Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Pópulo (Church of Our Lady of the Pópulo), Largo Conselheiro José Filipe ( Azul  to Praça da Fruta), +351 262 832 029, . Visit: Tu–Sa 14:00–17:00, closed M & holidays; Mass: M–Sa 11:00, Su 09:00. Built in 1500 as the royal chapel associated with the thermal hospital, this church features Late Gothic, Manueline, and Mudéjar styles. At the behest of Queen Leonor, Pope Julius II elevated the chapel to mother church of Caldas. The interior is lined with tiles, including original Hispano-Arab tiles on the side altars. The Passion triptych over the triumphal arch has drawn the interest of art historians. Since 1910, the church has been a National Monument, the only one in Caldas. Tours can be arranged through the Museu do Hospital e das Caldas (see above). Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Pópulo (Q10300527) on Wikidata Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Pópulo on Wikipedia

Outdoors and architecture[edit]

Hospital Termal Rainha D. Leonor, the spa hospital responsible for the existence of the city.
Chafariz das Cinco Bicas, a baroque water fountain.
Jardim de Água.
  • Art Nouveau Architecture, throughout the city centre. 24 hours daily. Caldas da Rainha is home to many fine examples of Art Nouveau buildings in the city centre. This style was popular worldwide between 1890 and 1910, but it flourished in Portugal from 1905 to 1920. You can identify Art Nouveau by its beautiful tile façades, ornate wrought iron embellishments, and decorative stonework. See a list of municipality-recommended buildings here. Walk around the area and you'll find many more gems. Free.
  • 16 Chafariz das Cinco Bicas, Rua Diário de Notícias, between Praça da República and the hospital ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Cinco Bicas / CCC). Built in 1749, this baroque fountain is noted for its five spigots.
  • 17 Hospital Termal Rainha D. Leonor (Queen Leonor Thermal, or Spring Water, Hospital), Largo Rainha Dona Leonor ( Azul  to Praça da Fruta), +351 262 830 300, . The raison d'être of Caldas da Rainha, the thermal hospital was founded by Queen Leonor after experiencing the healing properties of the sulfurous waters on this site. The older building (labeled Hospital Termal above the glass entrance doors) was begun in 1485, and the newer one (label Balneário Novo) was completed in 1750. The hospital continues to operate to this day, subject to closures when impurities are found in the water. The waters are rich in minerals, particularly sulphur, and are prescribed to treat such ailments as arthritis, rheumatism, gout, sinusitis, rhinitis, laryngitis, bronchitis, and asthma. Tours can be arranged through the Museu do Hospital e das Caldas (see above).
  • 18 Jardim da Água (Water Garden), Between the hospital and the city & hospital museum / royal palace ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Cinco Bicas / CCC). 24 hours daily. A whimsical "garden" with water features, accented with ceramics, tiles, and towering sculptures. It was designed by ceramicist Ferreira da Silva (1928-2016). Free.
  • 19 Parque Dom Carlos I (King Charles I Park) ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Rainha). This delightful, lovely park serves as the main green space in Caldas da Rainha. The paths through the flowerbeds and trees make for a pleasant walk. Visitors can rent a rowboat to circumnavigate the small lake around a little island. The boathouse is now used for art exhibitions, as is the Céu de Vidro ("glass sky"), a skylight-covered alleyway between two old building that connect the park to the thermal hospital. The Museu José Malhoa sits in the middle of the park. The park contains numerous statues and sculptures, some of historical figures, others more whimsical and fun. The Pavilhões do Parque ("park pavilions") are several interconnected buildings, originally intended as a spa resort for the thermal hospital. They served various purposes in the past. These lovely buildings, which serve as a sort of emblem of the park, have unfortunately been allowed to decay and are on the verge of ruin. Their beauty, however, is still evident, and their reflection on the lake makes for a popular photo opportunity. Word is the buildings will be revived as a hotel. The park's amenities include a playground, picnic area, tennis courts, and restrooms. The park is named for the king (Carlos, or Charles) who reigned Portugal from 19 October 1889 until his assassination on 1 February 1908 at the age of 44.
  • 20 Reserva Natural Local do Paul de Tornada (Tornada Marsh Local Natural Reserve), Rua do Paul 12, Tornada (4 km (2.5 mi) N of Caldas, reachable via N8 road), +351 262 881 790, . Centro Ecológico e Educativo do Paul de Tornada (ecology & education centre): M–F 09:30–13:00 & 14:00–17:30. The Paul de Tornada is a marsh with an ecosystem containing protected flora and fauna.
  • Rota Bordalliana (Bordallo Pinheiro Route), throughout the city centre. 24 hours daily. This collection of 20 ceramic art works inspired by Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro are spread throughout the city centre. The human figures are about life size, while the animals and plants are mostly larger than life. See a list of pieces and their locations here or here. Free.
  • 21 Statue of Queen Leonor (Rainha Dona Leonor), Largo Conde de Fontalva (Largo da Rainha) ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Rainha). The Queen stands regally in a traffic circle, facing the park and welcoming visitors to the city centre.

Do[edit]

Culture[edit]

Centro Cultural e de Congressos.
  • 1 Centro Cultural e de Congressos (CCC, Cultural and Conference Centre), Rua Dr. Leonel Sotto Mayor ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Cinco Bicas / CCC), +351 262 094 081, +351 262 889 650, . The main performing arts centre in Caldas da Rainha hosts music, theatre, and dance events, as well as conferences and exhibitions.
  • 2 Cineplace La Vie (formerly Vivacine at Vivaci), Rua Belchior de Matos 11, in the La Vie shopping centre ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Rainha). The only full-time cinema in Caldas. Tu–Su normal €6.60, student/youth/senior €5.60; M all €5.50; 3D ticket +€2; 3D glasses +€1.
  • 3 Encosta da Quinta/Quinta do Paço, Quinta do Paço, Alvorninha, +351 917 276 053, . Make an appointment to visit this winery and its vineyards. Tastings are available.
  • 4 Expoeste, Av. Infante D. Henrique 2 ( Azul  to Expoeste), +351 262 832 321, . Caldas da Rainha's main exhibition centre hosts a variety of events including car shows, bridal expos, animal exhibitions, toy fairs, and holiday parties.
  • 5 Pimpões - Sociedade de Instrução e Recreio (Society for Instruction and Recreation), Rua Fernando Correia ( Verde  to Ponte), +351 262 877 740, . Private club offering recreational and cultural activities. Membership: €2.50 initiation fee, €1/month; fees for various activities vary.
  • 6 Teatro da Rainha (Queen's Theatre), Rua Vitorino Fróis / Largo da Universidade, Edifício 2 ( Laranja  to Biblioteca), +351 262 823 302, . Theatre troupe that puts on several productions each year.

Sports, games, and beaches[edit]

The beach at Foz do Arelho.
  • 7 Bowling Caldas, Avenida Vasco da Gama 77 ( Azul   Laranja  to Piscinas), +351 262 824 348, . Daily 11:00–03:00. Bowl. Drink. Eat. Repeat. Ten lanes plus snooker, video games, and Thursday karaoke.
  • 8 Bullfighting, Praça de Touros, intersection of Rua da Praça de Touros and Rua Trinta e Um (31) de Janeiro ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Montepio). Controversial among even the Portuguese themselves, bullfighting continues to be a somewhat popular spectator sport in this country. The bullring in Caldas hosts several bullfights each year. As minor consolation, in Portugal, the bull is not killed in the ring within the sight of spectators. The arena also hosts concerts and other spectacles.
  • 9 Caldas Sport Clube, Campo da Mata, off Rua Diário de Notícias ( Azul   Laranja  to Univ. Católica), +351 262 832 918, . Come cheer the local football (soccer) team. Once in the top division, Caldas now plays in Portugal's third division, confusingly called Campeonato de Portugal. The club celebrated its centennial in 2016.
  • 10 Escola de Vela da Lagoa, Rua do Penedo Furado, Nadadouro, +351 262 978 592, . Learn windsurfing, kitesurfing, catamaran and optimist sailing, stand-up-paddle, canoeing, wakeboarding and water skiing on Óbidos Lagoon.
  • 11 Indoor Karting Caldas da Rainha, Rua João Reis 16A (in the industrial zone NW of the city; reachable via either the N360 road or Avenida Atlântica; walk from Rodoviária do Oeste bus service to Foz do Arelho), +351 262 823 020, . Tu–Th Su 16:00–00:00, F Sa 16:00–02:00, M closed. Indoor go-karting on a 315 m track. 10 min €12, 15 min €17, 20 min €20, 30 min €30.
  • 12 Praias de Foz do Arelho (Foz do Arelho beaches), Avenida do Mar, Foz do Arelho (exit 18 off the A8 motorway, then northwest on the N360 road; or exit 19 off A8, then northwest on Avenida/Variante Atlântica; frequent Rodoviária do Oeste / Rede RoCaldas bus service). The two closest beaches to Caldas da Rainha, 10 km (6.2 mi) from the city centre. One faces the Atlantic Ocean (Praia do Mar), and other is on the calmer Lagoa de Óbidos (Foz do Arelho–Lagoa), and they flow into one another. These beaches are popular with both locals and visitors. Both beaches have earned the Blue Flag (Bandeira Azul) from the Foundation for Environmental Education and its Portuguese branch, Associação Bandeira Azul da Europa. The criteria for Blue Flag beaches cover four main areas: water quality; environmental information and education; environmental management; and safety and services. Free.
  • 13 Praia de Salir do Porto (Salir do Porto Beach) (limited Rodoviária do Oeste / Rede RoCaldas bus service; limited Comboios de Portugal train service). The calm waters of this riverside beach near an enclosed bay make Salir do Porto a popular beach destination for families with young children.

Events[edit]

There's always something going on in Caldas. In addition to the events listed below, make sure to keep an eye on the Centro Cultural e de Congressos (CCC), Expoeste, the Escola Superior de Arte e Design (ESAD.CR), the museums, and the event listings in the local papers.

Holidays[edit]

  • Ano Novo (New Year's Eve), Praça da República (Praça da Fruta). Dec 31 & Jan 1. Welcome the new year with music and fireworks in the city's main square. Free.
  • Carnaval (Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday), Avenida Primeiro (1º) de Maio, Praça 25 de Abril, Avenida da Independência Nacional. Moveable feast based on the date of Easter. Traditionally, Carnaval celebrated one last hurrah and a huge party before the long Lenten season of repentance that precedes Easter, Christianity's most important holiday. Nowadays, Carnaval in Portugal takes on a more secular aspect, with little attention paid to religion. Festivities begin several days before, with a party for the aged and a children's parade. Celebrations culminate in a grand parade with costumed revelers and floats along Avenida Primeiro de Maio, the wide avenue that connects the railway station to the city hall. Young and old dress up, some preferring to make a political statement, others honoring the latest Marvel superhero or Disney princess, or dressing as fruits and vegetables.
  • Feriado Municipal (Municipal Holiday). On 15 May, Caldas da Rainha celebrates itself. Music, fireworks, and the inauguration of civic works mark the occasion.
  • Nossa Senhora da Conceição (Our Lady of the Conception). Caldenses honor Nossa Senhora da Conceição each year on 15 August with a funfair, circus, rides, and food.

Arts and culture[edit]

  • Caldas Anima. In July and August, the city holds numerous events under the Caldas Anima banner: magic, theatre, circus, music, film, festivals and fairs.
  • Caldas Late Night, throughout the city, . Late May & early Jun bring Caldas Late Night, a three-day celebration of music, art, performance, multimedia, and design.
  • Caldas Nice Jazz, +351 262 094 081, +351 262 889 650, . Late October and early November bring Caldas Nice Jazz, an international festival, with concerts both at the Cultural and Conference Centre (CCC) and at other venues in the city, including outdoors. €10-15/concert; students & seniors €7.50–12.50/concert; all 4 concerts at CCC: €40 (plus free CD); various free concerts.
  • Festival Ofélia – Festival de Teatro e Artes Performativas (Festival of Theatre and Performing Arts). Theatre students from the Escola Superior de Arte e Design (ESAD.CR), along with students from other Portuguese and international schools, celebrate the performing arts. Since its first edition in 2011, the audiences have grown ever larger.
  • World Press Cartoon, +351 910 622 299, . Early May. Annual press cartoon contest held at CCC. World Press Cartoon (Q24944652) on Wikidata World Press Cartoon on Wikipedia

Food and agriculture[edit]

  • Caldas Street Food Fest, Avenida Primeiro (1º) de Maio, +351 914 512 247, . Annual street food festival in early December. Come enjoy some delicious treats al fresco and in the shadow of the city's gigantic Christmas tree.
  • Expotur - Festa de Verão / Tasquinhas (Summer Festival / Food Stands). An annual 10-day celebration of Summer in early to mid August at the Expoeste exhibition centre. Visitors taste foods from throughout the communities in Caldas da Rainha municipality and watch folk dancers in traditional costumes. free admission, pay for food.
  • Frutos, Feira Nacional de Hortofruticultura (National Fruit and Horticulture Fair), Parque D. Carlos I, +351 262 839 724, . M–Th 17:00–24:00, F 17:00–01:00, Sa 15:00–01:00, Su 15:00–24:00. Late August, Caldas celebrates fruits in the park. Food and drink abound. Musical entertainment nightly at 22:00. There will be 200 exhibitors and over a dozen restaurants, bars, wineries, traditional Portuguese smoked meats and charcuterie. There will also be entertainment throughout the city during this event. Concerts €3–5; 10-day tickets €15; children under 12 free.
  • Oeste Lusitano, Parque D. Carlos I, . Mid-May. Come see the pure blood Lusitano horses.

Learn[edit]

  • 2 Centro de Formação Profissional para a Indústria Cerâmica (CENCAL, Professional Training Center for the Ceramics Industry), Rua Luís Caldas s/n ( Laranja  to CENCAL), +351 262 840 110, . CENCAL offers professional training courses in ceramics.
  • 3 The English Centre, Rua Heróis da Grande Guerra 89 (In the Centro Comercial D. Carlos I,  Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Heróis da Grande Guerra), +351 262 842 924, . M–F 09:30–13:00 & 14:00–19:00, Sa Su closed. This school offers courses in Portuguese for foreigners (as well as English and Spanish for Portuguese speakers). A1 to C2 (beginner to advanced) courses are offered weekdays 2 hours per week (1 x 120 mins) or 3 hours per week (2 x 90 mins). Summer short courses are available in July and August weekdays 40 hours total (2 hrs/day over 20 days).
  • 4 Escola de Hotelaria e Turismo do Oeste (Hotel and Tourism School of the West), Largo da Universidade, Edificio 2 ( Laranja  to Biblioteca), +351 262 001 500, . The school offers courses in tourism management, as well as various aspects of restaurants, kitchens, cooking, and baking.
  • 5 Escola Superior de Artes e Design (ESAD, School of Fine Arts and Design), Rua Isidoro Inácio Alves de Carvalho ( Verde  to ESAD), +351 262 830 900, . Part of the Politécnico de Leiria (Polytechnic Institute of Leiria), ESAD offers undergraduate and masters degree programs in various arts fields. They also have "short cycle" programs.
  • 6 Escola Técnica Empresarial do Oeste (ETEO, Technical Business School of the West), Rua Cidade de Abrantes 8 ( Verde  to ETEO), +351 262 842 247, . ETEO offers courses for technicians in thermalism, multimedia, and management; auxiliary technicians in health; and "sociocultural animator".
  • 7 Lancaster College - Instituto de Línguas (Lancaster College - Language Institute), Rua Professor Abílio Moniz Barreto 70 (in the "McDonald's building",  Azul  to Quinta dos Canários), +351 262 408 739, . M–F 10:00–13:00 & 14:00–19:00, Sa Su closed. In addition to various other languages, Lancaster College offers courses in Portuguese for foreigners. Courses run for 60 or 90 hours, once or twice a week. Courses cover level A1 (initiation) through level C2 (superior).

Buy[edit]

The Bordallo Pinheiro factory, source of Caldas' world-famous ceramics.

With more than 600 commercial establishments, Caldas da Rainha calls itself the "Capital of Traditional Commerce" and offers many shopping opportunities. The centre of town has several streets lined with stores, many of which are mom-and-pop shops and boutiques, with a smattering of chains. Main shopping streets include Rua Heróis da Grande Guerra, Rua Almirante Cândido dos Reis (Rua das Montras), Rua Capitão Filipe de Sousa, Rua Miguel Bombarda, Rua da Liberdade, Rua de Camões, and surrounding streets.

If you're looking for a souvenir of Caldas, you should buy some of the famous local ceramic pottery. The factory of Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro produces useful and decorative pieces. For those who enjoy naughtier mementos, Caldas is noted for its ceramic phalluses, which like the real thing come in various sizes and can be found all over town.

Caldas has a tradition of embroidery (bordado) of molasses brown thread on white linen. Legend holds that Queen Leonor's handmaidens, seeing the monarch without her usual brilliance after selling off her jewellery, embroidered her cloak so that it appeared to have golden threads. Common themes include arachnids, spirals, angles, birds, hearts, crowns, and shrimp nets.

If you're on a tight budget or enjoy bargain hunting, head for one of Caldas' several Chinese-immigrant-owned shops (lojas chinesas). Merchandise at these cheap stores includes housewares, small appliances, cleaning supplies, clothing, toys, decor, and more. The emphasis is on price, not quality. Don't expect familiar brands.

Markets and shopping centres[edit]

La Vie Caldas da Rainha Shopping Center
  • 1 Centro Comercial D. Carlos I, Rua Dr. José Saudade e Silva (Rua da Electricidade) (Between Rua Heróis da Grand Guerra and Rua Coronel Andrada Mendoça,  Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Heróis da Grande Guerra), . M–Sa 08:00–20:00, Su closed. This two-storey shopping centre is located in the middle of town. The centre is dominated by small businesses. You'll often find yourself attended to by the shop owner.
  • 2 La Vie Caldas da Rainha Shopping Center (formerly Vivaci), Rua Belchior de Matos 11 ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Rainha), +351 262 870 020, . 09:00–23:00 daily. The largest mall in Caldas da Rainha has four floors and 60 shops and services, including clothing, gifts, home décor, a large appliance and electronics store (Rádio Popular), a book store (Livraria Bertrand), and a supermarket (Auchan). The centre includes a food court with 15 restaurants (both Portuguese and international) and a five-screen cinema. The 440-space garage offers 2 hours of free parking.
  • 3 Mercado do Peixe (Fish Market), Rua Alexandre Herculano 94 (Rua do Jardim) ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Cinco Bicas / CCC). Formerly located on Praça Cinco (5) de Outubro (which was popularly called Praça do Peixe, "Fish Plaza", the city's once lively open-air fish market was moved into a more subdued indoor location. The move has meant fewer customers and fewer vendors, also a result of Portugal's growing dependence on supermarkets. But the fish market is still the place to find fresh fish and seafood caught in the waters near Caldas. When you buy here, you're buying local.
  • 4 Mercado de Santana, Rua do Mercado, Alvorninha (near the N114 road). Su 07:00–14:00. Located at the confluence of Alvorninha, Rio Maior, and Benedita (Alcobaça), Mercado de Santana claims to be Portugal's largest open-air market. Variety from clothing to animals and housewares to fruits and vegetables. Prepared food is also on offer.
  • 5 Mercado Semanal (Feira, Weekly Market), Rua Diário de Notícias ( Azul  to Mercado; or walk up hill E of the Praça da República (Praça da Fruta) past the hospital). M 07:00–14:00. Caldas da Rainha's weekly market is held every Monday. The market is a great source for cheap basics including clothes, shoes, linens, tools, and housewares. Plants and small animals are also for sale here. A few kiosks serve down-home Portuguese cooking.
  • 6 Praça da Fruta (Farmers' Market), Praça da República ( Azul  to Praça da Fruta), . Daily 07:00–15:00, except 1 Jan & 25 Dec. Caldas da Rainha's main square, Praça da República, located in the centre of town, hosts Portugal's only remaining daily outdoor farmers' market. In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, you can buy bread, cheese, flowers, and Caldas' famous pottery. The most typical of local produce is the pêra rocha (rock pear).

Clothing[edit]

  • 7 Atractiva Moda XL, Rua Dr. Leonel Sotto Mayor 48 Loja 45 ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Chafariz), +351 262 845 289, . M–F 09:30–19:30, Sa 09:30–18:00, Su closed. Clothes shopping in Europe can be challenging for the larger ladies. Atractiva Moda XL has you covered with fashionable threads in sizes that fit.
  • 8 Executiva, Rua Miguel Bombarda 2 ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Heróis da Grande Guerra), +351 262 832 054, . M–F 10:00–19:00, Sa 09:30–19:00, Su closed. Fine ladies wear for work or festivities.
  • 9 Ramiro, Rua Heróis da Grande Guerra 57 ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Heróis da Grande Guerra), +351 262 832 298, . In business since 1952 and now owned by the founder's son, Ramiro offers ready-to-wear and made-to-measure men's clothing. Products on offer include suits, shirts, ties, hats, and overcoats.
  • 10 Rosan Jeans (Rosario & Santos), Rua Alexandre Herculano 9 (Rua do Jardim) ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Heróis da Grande Guerra, Terminal Rodoviário or Montepio), +351 262 835 773, . M–F 10:00–13:00 & 15:00–21:00, Sa 10:00–13:00 & 15:00–20:00. Like the name says: jeans. They carry Levi's, Lee, Wrangler, No Excess, and Timezone, among other brands.
  • 11 Sapataria Bomtom, Rua dos Herois da Grande Guerra 119 ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Heróis da Grande Guerra), +351 262 823 701, . 10:00–19:00 daily. Sapataria Bomtom is a shoe store for women, men, and children.
  • 12 Sportino, Rua Heróis da Grande Guerra 123 & 125 ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Heróis da Grande Guerra), +351 262 832 267, . M–Sa 10:30–13:30 & 14:30–19:30, Su closed. This local sportswear chain was founded in Bombarral in 1982. They carry international brand names—like Adidas, Levi's, Nike, Puma, Timberland—as well as new names to explore. Their forte is footwear, but you'll find clothing and accessories here as well. They also have "Premium" and "Outlet" locations in Caldas as well as an authorized retail location of Barcelona clothier Desigual.
  • 13 Túnica – Rua das Montras, Rua Almirante Cândido dos Reis (Rua das Montras), near corner of Rua dos Heróis da Grande Guerra ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Heróis da Grande Guerra), +351 262 834 627, . M–F 10:00–13:00 & 14:30–19:00, Sa 10:00–13:00 & 15:00–19:00. This location of Túnica carries clothing for children aged 0 to 6.
  • 14 Túnica – Rua do Jardim, Rua Alexandre Herculano 17 (Rua do Jardim) ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Heróis da Grande Guerra), +351 262 845 908, . M–F 10:00–13:00 & 14:30–19:00, Sa 10:00–13:00 & 15:00–19:00. This branch of Túnica sells clothing for children aged 8 to 16.
  • 15 Vasari - Rosario & Clemente, Lda., Rua Almirante Cândido dos Reis 10 (Rua da Montras) ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Heróis da Grande Guerra), +351 262 831 044. Vasari carries women's and men's designer clothing. The shop is small and unassuming.

Gifts and Other[edit]

  • 16 Bombondrice, Praceta António Montez 8 ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Centro de Saúde), +351 262 843 148, . Let Bombondrice help you satisfy that sweet tooth. They have chocolates, jams, biscuits (cookies), and more.
  • 17 Bordallo Pinheiro Factory Store & Outlet, Rua Rafael Bordallo Pinheiro 53 ( Verde  to Centro d'Artes), +351 262 880 568, . You can find Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro's (1846–1905) ceramic creations all over the world. But what better place to buy your decorative and useful fruit-, vegetable-, plant-, and animal-shaped wares than at the source? The most popular design might be the cabbage-shaped soup tureen. The Golden Girls had one proudly displayed in their kitchen.
  • 18 Drogaria das Caldas, Rua Alexandre Herculano 90 (Rua do Jardim) ( Azul  to Praça da Fruta or  Laranja   Verde  to Terminal Rodoviário), +351 262 108 249. M–F 09:30–19:00, Sa 09:30–13:00, closed Su. Don't let the name mislead you, Drogaria das Caldas does not have drugs or medication. Their products are for personal and household hygiene and beauty. They carry an extensive selection of Portuguese soaps that make good gifts. They also have various retro beauty and hygiene items.
  • 19 Livraria Alfarrabista Liliana Queiroz, Rua Tenente Sangreman Henriques 34 ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Chafariz), +351 262 824 654, . M–F 10:00–13:00 & 15:00–19:00. This bookshop carries rare, old, and used books. Beyond pricy tomes, the shop carries a large selection of books for €2.50.
  • 20 Loja do Ca**lho!, Rua da Liberdade 19 ( Azul  to Praça da Fruta), +351 965 617 353, . This shop offers various styles of ceramic decoration, with an emphasis on phalluses. They self-censor their name, which includes a rude word for phallus in Portuguese.
  • 21 Mercearia Pena, Rua Heróis da Grande Guerra 51 ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Heróis da Grande Guerra), +351 262 832 580, . M–F 09:00–13:00 & 15:00–19:30, Sa 09:00–13:00. More than just a grocery store, Mercearia Pena has been selling quality traditional Portuguese foodstuffs since 1909. Especially noted for its home-ground coffee, the small shop also carries cod, sausages, cheese, spices, cookies, dried legumes and fruits, and more.
  • 22 Silver Tentacle, Hemiciclo João Paulo II 8A ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Câmara), +351 262 188 110, . M–Sa 09:00–19:30, closed Su. Silver Tentacle carries CDs, DVDs, vinyl, Blu-ray, and apparel in every genre imaginable.
  • 23 Túnica – Bairro Azul, Rua da Alegria 30 ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Rainha), +351 262 833 358, . M–F 10:00–13:00 & 14:30–19:00, Sa 10:00–13:00 & 15:00–19:00. This Túnica location carries baby care items, baby furniture, and toys.
  • 24 Surfoz Action Sports (Surfoz Surfshop), Rua dos Herois da Grande Guerra 14A ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Rainha), +351 262 833 732, . M–Sa 10:00–20:00, Su 14:00–20:00. For your surfing, skating, bodyboard, BMX, and other action sports needs.

Eat[edit]

Caldas da Rainha offers a vast gamut of eatries from Portuguese to Continental and Brazilian to multinational fast food. Many places serve vegetarian and vegan options. Below are a few places to get you started, but do explore the city for more eateries.

If you have a sweet tooth, don't miss out on cavacas das Caldas. These sugar-encrusted confections are the approximate size and shape of a small bowl. They can be found throughout the city, but especially on Rua da Liberdade and in the farmers' market. They come in a smaller spherical version called beijinhos das Caldas. Other treats include trouxas de ovos (sweet poached eggs), lampreias de ovos (egg lampreys), and pão-de-ló do Landal (Landal sponge cake).

Savory dishes typical of Caldas include ensopado de enguias da lagoa (stewed lagoon eels), bacalhau à lagareiro (cod in olive oil), polvo à lagareiro (octopus in olive oil), and fatias de carne frita à moda do Landal (Landal-style sliced fried meat).

Restaurants[edit]

This page uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one, including soft drink:
Budget Under €10
Mid-range €10 - €20
Splurge Over €20

Budget[edit]

  • 1 HOMY - The Bread and Coffee (formerly TBAC), Rua Coronel Soeiro de Brito 34A ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Terminal Rodoviário or Montepio), +351 262 831 062, . M–Sa 09:00–21:00, Su closed. Quirky fast food, ice cream, coffee, and more. €3–€7.
  • 2 A Lanterna, Rua Alexandre Herculano 78 (Antiga Rua do Jardim) ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Heróis da Grande Guerra or Terminal Rodoviário), +351 262 838 213, . Daily 07:00–24:00. Popular with locals from all walks of life, A Lanterna serves hearty Portuguese comfort food at prices that won't break the bank. On Thursdays, they offer the flavours of Angola, a former Portuguese colony in Africa. €5–10.
  • 3 La Piazza Pizzaria, Praça Cinco (5) de Outubro 14A (Antiga Praça do Peixe) ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Heróis da Grande Guerra or Rainha), +351 262 834 426. M–Sa 11:00–23:00, Su closed. La Piazza offers a variety of pastas, including several preparations of penne, tagliatelle, tortellini, strozzapreti, and spaghetti. They also have several different salads. And with a name like that, they have pizza, of course—thirty different kinds in four sizes: 24 cm (9.4 in.), 31 cm (12.2 in.), 36 cm (14.2 in.), 50 cm (19.7 in.). You can eat indoors, but if it's a nice day out, you'll want to sit in the plaza that gives the restaurant its name. €4–10.
  • 4 Pizzeria Novo Mundo, Rua da Praça de Touros 25B ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Chafariz), +351 262 842 969, . M–Sa 11:00–22:00. Be adventurous and try a Portuguese take on pizza. While the menu does include some tamer pizzas, consider the Pizza Tropical (mushrooms, peach, pineapple, corn, and banana) or the Pizza Vegetariana, Atum e Ovo (vegetables, mushroom, tuna, and egg). They deliver.
  • 5 Os Queridos, Estrada Nacional 8, 70 (On the N8 road N of Caldas, reachable by Rede RoCaldas / Rodoviária do Oeste buses), +351 262 881 196, . M–F 07:30–22:30, Sa 11:00–22:30, Su closed. In business since 1980, Os Queridos (The Dears) is very popular with locals. Free parking.
  • 6 O Selim, Rua do Parque 17 ( Azul  to Praça da Fruta or  Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Rainha), +351 262 841 122. 11:30–16:00 & 19:00–22:30 (closed Th). O Selim (the Saddle) offers Portuguese regional and traditional cuisine, such meat and fish, including several preparations of codfish. They are located on a side street just off Praça da República.

Mid-range[edit]

  • 7 Adega do Albertino, Rua Júlio Sousa 7, Imaginário (a bit east of town just off the N114-1 road; served by Rede Rocaldas buses), +351 262 835 152, . Tu–F 12:00–15:00 & 19:00–22:00, Sa 12:00–15:00 & 19:00–22:30, Su 12:00–15:00, M closed. Since 1989, Adega do Albertino offers traditional Portuguese cuisine in a rustic country setting. The extensive menu includes many options for appetizers, fish, meat, and desserts. Reservations accepted by telephone only.
  • 8 Bella Milano, Rua Dr. Francisco Sá Carneiro 11 (in Bairro Azul  Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Rainha or Heróis da Grande Guerra), +351 262 835 440, . Tu–Su 11:00–15:00 & 19:00-23:00, M 19:00–23:00. Excellent and affordable Italian cuisine in Bairro Azul. The extensive menu offers a variety of pizza, pasta, salad, and desserts
  • 9 A Capelinha do Monte, Praça Cinco (5) de Outubro 22 (Antiga Praça do Peixe) ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Heróis da Grande Guerra or Rainha), +351 262 832 031, . M Tu 08:30–16:00, W–Sa 08:30–22:00, Su closed. Homey traditional Portuguese food, with an emphasis on steak.
  • 10 Delhi Darbar, Rua General Amilcar Mota 21 ( Verde  to Parque or Centro Paroquial), +351 262 104 526. M 09:00–17:00, Tu–Su 12:00–15:00, and daily 18:00 to 23:30. Indian cuisine in a colorful setting. The extensive menu lists over 150 items, including many vegetarian options. €9–27.
  • 11 Geo Restaurante, Hemiciclo Joao Paulo II 9A ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Câmara), +351 262 141 209, . Tu–Sa 12:00–15:00 & 19:00–22:30, Su 12:00–15:00, M closed. Chef Archil Shinjikashvili, a Georgian immigrant, opened Geo in October 2019. Geo fuses Portuguese, Georgian, and other cuisines, bringing new dishes to Caldas. The quirky décor is worthy of Lisbon, Brooklyn, or Berlin. €10–€25.
  • 12 A Mimosa, Praça Cinco (5) de Outubro 37 (Antiga Praça do Peixe) ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Heróis da Grande Guerra or Rainha), +351 262 832 735. M–Sa 08:00–23:30, Su closed. Typical Portuguese cooking, specializing in fish. In business since 1961.
  • 13 Restaurante Tijuca, Rua de Camões 89 ( Azul  to Praça da Fruta), +351 262 824 255. M–Sa 07:00–02:15. Tucked away below street level at a corner on the plaza with the thermal hospital, Tijuca offers unpretentious and tasty fare in a cozy, convivial atmosphere. The efficient hostess/waitress(/owner?) flits from table to table, making recommendations and taking orders in several languages.
  • 14 Sabores da Rainha, Rua do Sacramento 15A ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Heróis da Grande Guerra), +351 262 836 111. M 11:00–17:00, Tu–Sa 11:00–15:00 & 19:00–22:00, Su closed. Sabores da Rainha serves Brazilian food in generous portions. They have a cozy bar area. €5–€30.

Splurge[edit]

  • 15 Kabuki Sushi, Rua Dr. Francisco Sá Carneiro 12 ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Heróis da Grande Guerra or Rainha), +351 262 083 138. Tu–Su 12:30–14:30 & 19:30–22:30, M closed. Offering all manner of sushi delights in the Bairro Azul neighbourhood.
  • 16 A Lareira, Rua da Lareira 35, Alto do Nobre, Nadadouro (northwest of town, between the two main roads to Foz do Arelho; a walk from the frequent Rodoviária do Oeste / Rede RoCaldas bus to Foz do Arelho), +351 262 823 432, . W–M 12:00–15:00 & 19:00–23:00, Tu closed. Portuguese and international cuisine, served in the countryside. €10–30.
  • 17 Lisbonense, Avenida Doutor Manuel Figueira Freire da Câmara ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Rainha), +351 262 000 600. Lunch: M–F 12:30–15:00, Sa Su 13:00–15:00; Dinner daily 19:30–22:30. The Lisbonense restaurant is located in the Sana Silver Coast hotel, which is on the site of the venerable Lisbonense hotel. The menu offers Portuguese and Continental cuisine, with about equal parts meat and fish, and even a vegetarian option and a children's menu. €16–66.
  • 18 Maratona, Praça Vinte e Cinco (25) de Abril 15 ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Câmara), +351 262 841 483. Restaurant: M–Sa 12:00–15:00 & 19:30–23:30; Café: Su–W 08:00–24:00, Th–Sa 08:00–02:00; Lounge: F 23:00–02:00, Sa 23:00–03:00, holiday eves 23:00–02:00. International and traditional Portuguese cuisine, with a selection of vegetarian dishes. €20–€40.
  • 19 Sabores d'Italia, Praça Cinco (5) de Outubro 40 (Antiga Praça do Peixe) ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Heróis da Grande Guerra or Rainha), +351 262 845 600, . Lunch Tu–Su 12:30–14:30, dinner Tu–Su 19:00–22:00. Possibly the most upmarket restaurant in Caldas, Sabores d'Italia serves as genuine Italian cuisine as you are likely to find in Portugal. €9–€60.

Supermarkets[edit]

Whether to stock up your pantry during an extended stay or just to see what the typical Portuguese buys during their weekly grocery shopping, you should stop by a supermercado (supermarket) during your visit. Some larger stores that carry merchandise beyond basic groceries are referred to as hipermercados (hypermarkets).

Nossa Senhora do Pópulo[edit]

  • 20 Auchan (formerly Pão de Açúcar), Avenida D. Manuel Figueira Freire da Câmara (in the La Vie Shopping Centre,  Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Rainha), +351 262 249 200, . Daily 10:00–22:00; Jul–Sep: Su–Th 09:00–22:30, F Sa 09:00–23:00. A French-owned chain on the edge of the city centre. A leading Portuguese consumer magazine says Auchan has the lowest prices in town.
  • 21 Continente Bom Dia, Rua Fernando Ponte e Sousa 37 ( Verde  to Parque or S. João de Deus), . Daily 08:30–21:00. A smaller format of the Continente chain.
  • 22 Continente Modelo, Rua Bernardino António Carvalho Pargana ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Centro de Saúde), +351 262 840 870, . 08:30–22:00 daily. Portuguese hypermarket located near the edge of town. Great variety, including separate health and beauty aids shop and dry cleaning within the building.
  • 23 Lidl - Dr. Bernardino A.C. Pargana, Rua Dr. Bernardino António Carvalho Pargana 107 ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Centro de Saúde). Daily 08:00–22:00. A spartan German chain known for low prices and stocking more house brands than famous ones. Sparse interior, but recently remodeled.
  • 24 Lidl - São João de Deus, Rua São João de Deus 8 ( Verde  S. João de Deus). Daily 08:30–21:00. A newer location of the German chain.
  • 25 Minipreço (Market), Rua Engº Duarte Pacheco 5 ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Montepio or Terminal Rodoviário), +351 808 200 795. M–Sa 09:00–20:00, Su closed. Portuguese arm of Spanish hard discounter Dia. You'll find some brand names as well as the house brand, also called Dia. This smaller city-centre location includes butcher, produce, and bakery.
  • 26 Pingo Doce - Heróis da Grande Guerra, Rua Heróis da Grande Guerra 95 ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Heróis da Grande Guerra), +351 262 845 399. Daily 08:30–21:00. Quintessential Portuguese supermarket. Their house brand is known for good quality and value. This small city-centre location manages to pack in a lot of food and other supermarket essentials.

Santo Onofre[edit]

  • 27 Aldi, Avenida Timor Lorosae ( Laranja  to CENCAL). Daily 09:00–21:00. This German chain is known for low prices, prevalence of house brands rather than internationally-recognized brand names, and spartan (Teutonic?) decor.
  • 28 E.Leclerc, Quinta do Salgado (off Avenida Barata Feyo, S of the roundabout by CENCAL,  Laranja  to CENCAL), +351 262 870 130. Hypermarket: daily 08:30–22:00; service station: daily 24 hours. French hypermarket chain. Can't make it to Paris? You'll feel like you're there. (OK, not really, but the store brand labels include French as well as Portuguese and other European languages.)
  • 29 Intermarché, Quinta dos Pinheiros, Edificio Intermarché, Lote 1 ( Azul  to Colégio or  Azul   Laranja  to Rugby), +351 262 889 130, . Daily 08:30–21:00. A branch of French supermarket. This large store on the outskirts of town is well stocked.
  • 30 Minipreço (Family), Avenida Timor Lorosae ( Laranja  to CENCAL), +351 808 200 795. Daily 09:00–21:00. Portuguese arm of Spanish hard discounter Dia. This larger location in Santo Onofre includes a carpark, produce, bakery, and prepackaged meats.
  • 31 Pingo Doce - Vitorino Fróis, Rua Vitorino Fróis 37 (Rua da Estrada da Foz) ( Laranja  to CENCAL), +351 262 841 641. Daily 09:00–21:00; Summer: 08:30–21:00. Larger location of this quintessential Portuguese supermarket in Santo Onofre.

Other civil parishes[edit]

  • 32 Meu Super, Rua das Hortas 25, Foz do Arelho, +351 262 978 300. Daily 08:00–21:00. Owned by the same parent company as the larger Continente Modelo.
  • 33 Pingo Doce - Estrada de Tornada, Estrada Nacional 8 (Estrada da Tornada, N8 road), +351 262 839 610. Daily 09:00–22:00. "Mega" location of the quintessential Portuguese supermarket, north of the city.

Drink[edit]

Caldas da Rainha is home to several bars and numerous cafés and pastry shops. You can find cafés all over town, including in residential neighbourhoods.

Bars[edit]

  • 1 Bar 120, Praça Cinco (5) de Outubro 33 (Antiga Praça do Peixe) ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Heróis da Grande Guerra or Rainha), +351 262 831 562, . M–Th 12:00–03:00, F Sa 12:00–05:00, Su closed. Bar 120 specializes in gin and tostas (toasted sandwiches, a sort of Portuguese panini). Outdoor seating allows guests to enjoy one of Caldas' pleasant plazas.
  • 2 Bar Déjà Vu, Praça Cinco (5) de Outubro 12B (Antiga Praça do Peixe) ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Heróis da Grande Guerra or Rainha), +351 967 234 442, . Bar Déjà Vu is a lively watering hole on Praça Cinco (5) de Outubro. Enjoy seating on the outdoor esplanade.
  • 3 Daiquiri Bar, Praça Cinco (5) de Outubro 5 (Antiga Praça do Peixe) ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Heróis da Grande Guerra or Rainha), +351 262 842 069. M–Sa 14:00–03:00, Su closed. Another popular nightlife joint on Praça Cinco (5) de Outubro. Enjoy your beverage al fresco in the outdoor esplanade.
  • 4 Démondé, Rua Filinto Elísio 34B ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Rainha), +351 914 541 921. Tu–Sa 21:30–03:00. Accompany your beer or shots with DJs playing indie, electronic, funk, and rock.
  • 5 Pateo do Baco, Rua Sebastião de Lima 26 ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Heróis da Grande Guerra or Rainha), +351 912 306 232. Th–M 12:00–02:00, W 12:00–04:00, Tu closed. Pateo do Baco (Bacchus's Patio) is a wine bar with a convivial atmosphere. Beyond alcohol, they offer various savory snacks.
  • 6 WalkAbout, Rua António Silva e Sousa 1 ( Verde  to Centro Paroquial), +351 914 257 383. Su–Th 14:00–02:00, F Sa 14:00–03:00. Located on the southern edge of town, WalkAbout offers a friendly atmosphere and cool vibe.

Cafés[edit]

  • 7 Café Central, Praça da Republica 69-71 (Praça da Fruta) ( Azul  to Praça da Fruta), +351 262 838 787, . daily 08:00–2:00. Founded in the 18th century, this café on the city's main square serves a variety of light meals and desserts, as well as coffee and tea.
  • 8 Citrus Coffee, Praça da República 78 (Praça da Fruta) ( Azul  to Praça da Fruta), +351 966 320 104, . M–Sa 09:00–19:00, Su 10:00–19:00. Citrus serves coffee and healthy food. They offer a smoothie and juice bar. Located on Praça da República, its first floor (2nd to Americans) offers a nice view of the plaza and its farmers' market. Several vegan options are available. Citrus offers alfresco seating.
  • 9 Pastelaria Baía (Rei das Cavacas), Rua da Liberdade 33 ( Azul  to Praça da Fruta), +351 262 832 349, . Daily 07:30–20:00. "The King of Cavacas" (and other regional sweets) sits on the plaza by the thermal hospital. Grab a coffee, a pastry, and an outside table to relax and watch.
  • 10 Pastelaria Dona Leonor, Rua de Camões 23 ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Rainha), +351 262 084 923. Su–F 07:30–19:00, Sa closed. Enjoy a variety of pastries and other sweet treats with your coffee. There is plenty of seating inside. If it's a nice day, try to snag one of the limited outside tables, which face onto Parque D. Carlos I.
  • 11 Raízes (formerly Café Pópulus), Parque D. Carlos I (off Rua de Camões) ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Rainha), +351 262 836 184, . Tu W 10:00–00:00, Th–Sa 10:00–02:00, M closed. Kill two birds with one stone: enjoy your coffee and a pastry while communing with nature in Caldas' main park. With 60 seats inside and 180 outdoors, you're likely to find a roomy space. Cash only.
  • 12 Venezia Caffè, Rua Almirante Cândido dos Reis 98 (Rua da Montras) ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Heróis da Grande Guerra), +351 961 961 443. Found at the crossroads of Caldas' main shopping streets, Venezia Caffè offers an optimal spot for people watching. Get yourself a coffee, pastries, or gelato and sit outside or inside, depending on the weather.

Sleep[edit]

This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under €50
Mid-range €50–70
Splurge Over €70

Budget[edit]

  • 1 Hotel Residencial Central, Largo Dr. José Barbosa 22 ( Azul  to Praça da Fruta), +351 932 339 443. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. If you are on a tight budget and can get by with no frills, you may wish to consider this hotel. Located on a small square about a block from Praça da República, this 23-room, two-star establishment offers basic lodging. They do have free Wi-Fi, and reception is open 24 hours. €24–€32.
  • 2 Residencial Dom Carlos, Rua Camões 39A ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Rainha), +351 262 832 551, . Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. The three-star, 18-room establishment is located across from the city's main park. €30–€52.
  • 3 Hotel Dona Leonor, Hemiciclo João Paulo II 9 ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Câmara), +351 262 842 171, . Check-in: 14:30, check-out: 12:00. This three-star, 30-room establishment is centrally located, adjacent to the mid-20th-century Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição (Church of Our Lady of the Conception). Amenities include private bath, air conditioning, direct telephone, 70-channel teevision, and free Wi-Fi throughout the property. The ground floor has a cozy yet dated (retro?) lounge. Breakfast included. €35–€50.
  • 4 Nova Delpa A.L., Rua Emídio de Jesus Coelho 20 ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Heróis da Grande Guerra), +351 262 832 742. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Cozy, centrally located alojamento local (local accommodation). Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi. €41–€53.
  • 5 Olhos Pretos Pensão Residencial, Rua do Rosário 10 ( Azul  to Praça da Fruta), +351 262 843 001. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 11:00. This city-centre establishment offers very basic accommodation for travelers on strict budgets. Breakfast included. The pension is a three-star establishment with 32 rooms. €35–€36.

Mid-range[edit]

  • 6 Caldas Internacional Hotel, Rua Dr. Artur Figueirôa Rego 45 ( Azul  to Quinta dos Canários / Hotel), +351 262 830 500, . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Three-star hotel at the northern approach to the city. Facilities include bar, restaurant, hot tub, swimming pool, and gym. Breakfast included in room rates. Room amenities include air conditioning, mini-bar, direct telephone, and satellite television.Three of the 83 rooms are suites. €50–€110.
  • 7 Hotel Cristal Caldas, Rua António Sérgio 31 ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Câmara), +351 262 840 260, . Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 11:00. This three-star, 115-room hotel is located near the city centre, just a block north of the courthouse. Amenities include the Mestre Bordalo restaurant, a piano bar, swimming pool, meeting rooms, conference facilities, free breakfast, and free Wi-Fi. €45–€61.
  • 8 Europeia Hotel, Rua Almirante Candido dos Reis 64 (in Centro Comercial Rua das Montras) ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Heróis da Grande Guerra), +351 262 839 320, . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. This three-star, 55-room hotel is located in the heart of the city's shopping district. Amenities include a sitting area/lounge on each floor, a breakfast room, a cocktail bar, a billiard lounge, meeting rooms, and a business centre. €40–€57.

Splurge[edit]

  • 9 19 Tile, Rua General Queirós 46 ( Azul  to Praça da Fruta,  Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Rainha), +351 910 435 284, . Check-in: 16:00, check-out: 12:00. 19 Tile, a recent addition to the Caldas lodging scene, is a boutique hotel where each of the 7 rooms was designed by a different ceramic artist. Among numerous amenities are a shared kitchen and dining room. You can pick up local ingredients (Praça da Fruta is steps away) and cook and enjoy them onsite. €70–€96.
  • 10 Inatel Foz do Arelho, Rua Francisco de Almeida Grandela 17, Foz do Arelho (on the N360 road from Caldas da Rainha; frequent Rodoviária do Oeste bus service), +351 262 975 100, . Check-in: 17:00, check-out: 12:00. Three-star, 94-room accommodation across from the lagoon beach. €42–€90.
  • 11 Sana Silver Coast Hotel (formerly known as Hotel Lisbonense), Avenida Dr. Manuel Figueira Freire da Câmara ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Rainha), +351 262 000 600, fax: +351 262 000 601, . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Built on the site of and in the style of the venerable Hotel Lisbonense, the SANA Silver Coast Hotel offers four-star accommodation in the heart of the city. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, Lisbonense restaurant, a lounge & bar space and meeting rooms. €77–€118.

Stay safe[edit]

As in the rest of Portugal, the emergency number for police, fire, and medical assistance is 112.

Police and fire[edit]

Hospitals and clinics[edit]

  • 11 Hospital Distrital Caldas da Rainha (Centro Hospitalar do Oeste), Rua Diário de Notícias ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Hospital), +351 262 830 300, fax: +351 262 880 579, . emergencies 24 hr daily. The only public hospital in Caldas da Rainha, also serving surrounding municipalities. If you experience a medical emergency in town, you'll likely end up here.
  • 12 Centro de Saúde Caldas da Rainha (Health Centre), Rua do Centro de Saúde 1 ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Centro de Saúde). M–F 08:00–20:00, Sa 09:00–13:00, Su closed. The health centre in Caldas da Rainha houses a number of units. Appointment may be necessary.
  • 13 Montepio Rainha D. Leonor, Rua do Montepio Rainha D. Leonor 9 ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Montepio), +351 262 837 100, . 24 hours daily. A private, membership-based mutual assistance society that operates a "house of health" in the city centre. Although it is smaller and more expensive than the public hospital, many Caldas residents who can afford Montepio prefer the more personalized service offered.

In addition, each of the following rural civil parishes has a health clinic: A dos Francos, Alvorninha, Foz do Arelho, Landal (Rostos), Salir de Matos, Santa Catarina, Tornada, and Vidais.

Pharmacies[edit]

There are seven pharmacies in the city of Caldas da Rainha. They take turns being open 24 hours. You can find the current farmácia de serviço listed under Permanente here. This information is also posted on the door of each pharmacy, on municipal electronic signs in the city centre, and in the local newspapers.

In addition, each of the following rural civil parishes has a pharmacy: A dos Francos, Alvorninha, Foz do Arelho, Landal, Salir de Matos, Santa Catarina, Tornada, and Vidais.

Connect[edit]

The city dialing code for Caldas da Rainha is 262, which must be included for local calls. To call Portugal from abroad, dial country code 351 before the city code. To call abroad from Portugal, dial 00 before the country code.

The postal code for Caldas is 2500.

  • 21 Biblioteca Municipal das Caldas da Rainha (Public Library), Rua Vitorino Fróis s/n (Rua da Estrada da Foz) ( Laranja  to Biblioteca), +351 262 841 728, . Oct–Jun: M Sa 13:30–19:00, Tu–F 10:00–18:00, Su closed; Jul–Sep: M 13:30–19:00, Tu–F 10:00–13:00 & 14:30–18:00, closed Sa Su & holidays. Wi-Fi available.
  • 22 CTT Correios (Post Office), Rua Engº Duarte Pacheco 3 ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Montepio or Terminal Rodoviário), +351 262 840 040. M–F 08:30–18:30. Whether using their services or just passing by, don't miss the tile work and the ceramic logo on the side of the building.
  • 23 CyberNet, Rua Raul Proença 19B ( Azul  to PSP or  Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Câmara), +351 914 771 740. M–F 10:00–13:00 & 14:30–19:30. Well, apparently there still exists an internet "café". They also sell desktops and portable computers and offer repair and support.

Cope[edit]

Newspapers and newsstands[edit]

Caldas has two weekly newspapers covering local happenings and events.

There are several newsstands in Caldas.

  • 24 Quiosque Bernardino (Bernardino's Kiosk), Rua José Malhoa 16 (next to Ermida de São Sebastião,  Azul  to Praça da Fruta), +351 262 842 810. 06:30–17:00 daily. Newsstand on the NE corner of Praça da República (Praça da Fruta).
  • 25 Quiosque da Teresa (Teresa's Kiosk), Avenida Primeiro (1º) de Maio 10 ( Azul   Laranja   Verde  to Câmara). 07:00–20:00 daily. Newspapers and magazines, both Portuguese and international.

Laundry and dry cleaning[edit]

Repair services[edit]

  • 29 Datasolid, Rua Vitorino Fróis 57B ( Laranja  to CENCAL), +351 262 843 355, . 09:00–13:00 & 14:30–18:30. Datasolid provides various PC-related services, including repair.
  • 30 iPremium, Avenida Primeiro (1º) de Maio 20A ( Laranja   Verde  to Estação CP), +351 262 824 113, . If your Apple device acts up, iPremium can help. They also sell Apple products and offer training services.

Religious services[edit]

Nossa Senhora da Conceição, a Roman Catholic church in the heart of Caldas.

Although Roman Catholicism remains the predominant religion in Portugal, the constitution guarantees separation of church and state and freedom of religious practice. There are numerous non-Catholic houses of worship in Caldas da Rainha.

For Roman Catholic masses, refer to the See > Churches section.

Nossa Senhora do Pópulo[edit]

Santo Onofre[edit]

  • 42 Igreja ADEFE Caldas da Rainha (Igreja Evangélica Assembléia de Deus Fogo para Europa), Rua Dr. Augusto Saudade e Silva 1 ( Verde  to Ponte), +351 263 283 157 (call centre), . Celebration Su 18:00, Teaching Tu 19:00, Preaching Th 19:00, Bible school Sa 18:00.
  • 43 Igreja Adventista do Sétimo Dia em Caldas da Rainha (Seventh Day Adventist Church), Rua Carlos Garrido 1 ( Verde  to Bairro das Morenas), +351 928 062 700. Founded in 1863 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the Seventh Day Adventist Church is noted for celebrating the Sabbath on Saturday rather than Sunday. Unlike many Protestant churches in Caldas, they have their own freestanding church building rather than meeting in a storefront church.
  • 44 Maná Igreja Cristã (Maná Christian Church), Rua Cardeal Alpedrinha 43 ( Azul   Laranja  to Arneiros), +351 21 190 89 90, . Various services – check their website for details. This evangelical, neo-Pentecostal denomination was founded in Portugal in 1984.
  • 45 Salão do Reino das Testemunhas de Jeová (Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah's Witnesses), Rua da Jouriça 8A ( Laranja  to CENCAL), +351 262 844 744. Caldas da Rainha Sul congregation W 20:30, Su 10:00; Foz do Arelho congregation Tu 20:00, Su 15:00. Founded in the 1870s in the U.S., Jehovah's Witnesses is a millenarian restorationist Christian denomination with nontrinitarian beliefs.

Go next[edit]

Óbidos.

With its central location and excellent transport connections, Caldas da Rainha serves as an excellent home base for exploring other places on Portugal's west coast (Oeste), including:

  • Alcobaça – Visit the Real Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Alcobaça, a UNESCO World Heritage monastery.
  • Batalha – See the Mosteiro de Santa Maria da Vitória, another UNESCO World Heritage monastery.
  • Fátima – Visit Portugal's most famous pilgramage site, where Catholics believe the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children six times in 1917.
  • Leiria – Sites worth visiting include the castle and the cathedral.
  • Lisbon (Lisboa) – The nation's capital is about an hour away by the expresso or rápida buses. It makes a good day trip.
  • Nazaré – A picture-postcard beach town, lately noted for its surfing. Don't miss the funicular ride to the upper town nor the excellent seafood restaurants.
  • Óbidos – Caldas' nearest neighbor is a walled medieval hilltop town.
  • Peniche – Beaches and water sports, with access to the Berlengas archipelago.
  • São Martinho do Porto – Just nouth of Salir do Porto, has a protected bay beach popular with families. (in the southwest of Alcobaça municipality)
Routes through Caldas da Rainha
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