Caldas da Rainha is a city and municipality in the Oeste subregion of Central Portugal, about 10 km (6.2 mi) from the Atlantic Ocean and 90 km (56 mi) north of Lisbon. Absent from most international travellers' itineraries, this charming city is an excellent place to experience genuine Portugal without hordes of tourists. Caldas—as locals call it—offers visitors countless experiences to enjoy: a beautiful park, a bustling farmers' market, several museums, shops, restaurants, cafés, and bars. For visitors seeking a beach holiday, Foz do Arelho and Salir do Porto in Caldas municipality are favourite destinations.
Caldas da Rainha is an artistic city, and artworks can be found beyond its several museums. Caldas' main park contains many statues and sculptures, as do most of the city's roundabouts and city-centre pavements (sidewalks). Caldas is home to a school of fine arts and design and a vocational school for ceramics. The city centre has many excellent examples of Art Nouveau architecture, with beautifully tiled exteriors. You can take some of the 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 ([ˈkaldɐʒ ðɐ ʁɐˈiɲɐ] listen) has just over 30,000 residents, who are known as Caldenses. Caldas serves as the seat of a municipality—also named Caldas da Rainha—with a population of almost 52,000, including the city proper and the surrounding rural communities. Caldas serves as seat of the Comunidade Intermunicipal do Oeste (West Intermunicipal Community), made up of twelve municipalities with over 362,000 people. Those other eleven municipalities are not covered here. See Oeste for details on those places.
Caldas was part of the historical Estremadura province. Caldas is part of the Leiria district, but districts are being phased out, although they're still used for geographic division. Caldas is in the Centro tourism region and was part of the old Costa da Prata (Silver Coast) tourism region, a designation which survives in the name of a major Caldas hotel and other businesses.
For centuries, the sulphurous curative waters were Caldas da Rainha's main attraction. The city's name can be translated as "Queen's Hot Springs", "Queen's Spa", or "Queen's Baths".
Caldas da Rainha was founded by Queen Leonor de Avis (1458–1525, also known as de Lencastre or de Viseu), wife of King João II (1455–1495). One day in 1484, while travelling 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 about the waters' curative powers. She decided to try the waters and was pleased to be quickly relieved of an 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 1496–1497. To fund the hospital and the adjoining church, the queen used income from her landholdings and sold her jewels. The thermal hospital still stands to serve those with certain illnesses.
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 housed refugees and prisoners of several wars, including South Africa's Second Boer War, World War I, in which Portugal joined the Allies, and World War II, when Portugal remained neutral. On 16 March 1974, officers and enlisted soldiers from the army base in Caldas unsuccessfully attempted to stage a coup d'état against the autocratic Estado Novo government more than a month before the successful 25 April Carnation Revolution.
The municipality of Caldas da Rainha includes not only the city of Caldas da Rainha but also numerous rural communities in the surrounding area. Beyond the two freguesias (civil parishes) that make up the city, the municipality has 14 rural civil parishes, each containing various settlements. In 2013, the 16 freguesias became 12 following a controversial nationwide local government reorganization.
The city of Caldas da Rainha is divided into two civil parishes—Nossa Senhora do Pópulo and Santo Onofre—separated from each other by the railway tracks. Although a compact city, Caldas da Rainha has several distinct neighbourhoods in each parish.
- 1 Nossa Senhora do Pópulo. (pop. 16,114) Nossa Senhora do Pópulo forms the eastern half of the city, containing most points of interest to travellers. Most sights are located in the neighbourhoods of Centro (centre) and Zona Histórica (historical zone). Other neighbourhoods—mostly residential but with some amenities—include Bairro Azul, Bairro Lisbonense, Avenal, and Encosta do Sol. Since 2013, Nossa Senhora do Pópulo has been merged with the rural civil parishes of Coto and São Gregório.
- 2 Santo Onofre. (pop. 11,223) Santo Onofre comprises the western half of the city of Caldas da Rainha. It is more residential and less touristy than Nossa Senhora do Pópulo, but it does contain amenities such as the municipal library, a sports complex, the Expoeste exhibition centre, several large supermarkets, and various cafés and restaurants. Neighbourhoods include Bairro (Além) da Ponte, Bairro dos Arneiros, Bairro das Morenas, and Cidade Nova. Since 2013, Santo Onofre has been merged with the rural civil parish of Serra do Bouro.
Rural civil parishes
If you want to see the Portuguese countryside, visit the rural civil parishes of Caldas da Rainha municipality. You will find friendly faces, family farms, green rolling hills, and lovely centuries-old, white-washed churches and chapels. Each parish celebrates its patron saint with an annual festival, typically centred around the parish's church. During the summer months, when many immigrants return home to visit family, the parishes hold festivals with music, dancing, and food—grilled pork and sardines are popular dishes. Beyond churches, the villages tend to be light on tourist sights, but you can find many cozy lodgings and delicious restaurants.
- 3 Coto. (pop. 1,344) Coto is the smallest in area of the municipality's civil parishes. Sights include the 18th-century Capela de São Jacinto (Chapel of St. Hyacinth) and the 17th-century 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.
- 4 Foz do Arelho. (pop. 1,339) The town of Foz do Arelho, often shortened to just "Foz", is the most popular destination in Caldas municipality outside the city. It is the place for travellers seeking sun, water, and sand. Foz has two beaches: one on the Atlantic Ocean and one inland on Lagoa de Óbidos (Óbidos Lagoon).
- 5 Nadadouro. (pop. 1,904) Located on Lagoa de Óbidos (Óbidos Lagoon), Nadadouro offers water activities and camping. Locals make their living from fish, seafood, and agriculture. The parish is reputed for holding the best Carnaval festivities in the municipality. Visitors may wish to see Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Bom Sucesso, the village's 19th-century church.
- 6 Salir do Porto ( to Salir do Porto station). (pop. 797) Although it borders the Atlantic, Salir do Porto has only a riverside beach and no ocean beach. It's known for having the country's highest sand dune at 50 m (160 ft). Local legend holds that Salir is where caravels were built for explorers of the Age of Discovery during the reigns of Kings Afonso V and João II. Sights include Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição (Church of Our Lady of the Conception), the 18th-century parish church. In 2013, Salir do Porto was merged with Tornada.
- 7 Serra do Bouro. (pop. 703) Serra do Bouro is the least populous of Caldas' 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. In 2013, Serra do Bouro was merged with Santo Onofre.
- 8 Tornada. (pop. 3,561) Located just north of the city, Tornada is the most populous civil parish outside the city. Along the N8 road (called Estrada de Tornada by locals), 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. Sights include Capela de Chão da Parada / Capela de Nossa Senhora da Consolação, a 17th-century chapel. In 2013, Tornada was merged with Salir do Porto.
- 9 A dos Francos. (pop. 1,701) The town of A dos Francos has existed since the 11th or 12th century. Local legend holds that Portugal's first king gave these lands to the French in appreciation for help in conquering Lisbon. Estação da Mala-Posta do Casal dos Carreiros is a 19th-century rural postal station, where tired horses were exchanged for fresh ones. Ecclesiastical sights include Capela do Espírito Santo (Chapel of the Holy Spirit), which dates from the 12th century; Ermida de Vila Verde de Mato, a 17th-century chapel; and Igreja de São Silvestre, the 18th-century baroque parish church.
- 10 Alvorninha. (pop. 2,987) Alvorninha holds a popular Sunday market, Mercado de Santana. This farming community was the site of Portugal's first agricultural school. Sights include Igreja Matriz de Nossa Senhora da Visitação, a 16th-century church with Manueline entryway and azulejo tiles; Capela de Almofala / Capela de Santo António, a 16th-century chapel; and Capela de São Francisco, a 17th-century chapel.
- 11 Carvalhal Benfeito. (pop. 1,279) Carvalhal Benfeito offers mountains, hills, and valleys with a beautiful panorama of varied landscape.
- 12 Landal. (pop. 1,051) Landal is called capital da codorniz (capital of quail). Sights include the 18th-century mother church Igreja do Divino Espírito Santo (Church of the Divine Holy Spirit), the nearby18th-century limestone cross in a small square, and the 16th-century Capela de Santa Susana. There is a museum dedicated to rural life and another in an old schoolhouse.
- 13 Salir de Matos. (pop. 2,583) Sights in Salir de Matos include Igreja de Nossa Senhora das Necessidades (Our Lady of Needs), a 17th-century church in the village of Casal da Areia; the 17th-century Capela de Nossa Senhora da Piedade (Chapel of Our Lady of Mercy); and Igreja de Santo António (Church of Saint Anthony), the 18th-century parish church.
- 14 Santa Catarina. (pop. 3,029) The town of Santa Catarina is called the Terra de Cutelarias (Land of Cutlery). If you're in town, the 16th-century parish church, Igreja de Santa Catarina, is worth seeing. Its large campanile towers over the small town. Check out the nearby pillory while you're there.
- 15 São Gregório. (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. Sights include Capela de Nossa Senhora da Conceição, a 17th-century chapel in the village of Fanadia; and Igreja de São Sebastião e Santa Ana da Fanadia, an 18th-century church. Igreja de São Gregório (Church of St Gregory), the parochial church, is notable among Caldas' rural churches for its 20th-century architecture. São Gregório has been merged with Nossa Senhora do Pópulo and Coto since 2013.
- 16 Vidais. (pop. 1,155) The economy of this rural community depends on growing fruit and winemaking. Local artisans make wicker baskets. Sights include Capela de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, an 18th-century chapel.
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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.
Summer temperatures top out at 26 °C (79 °F) on average, and the light rain doesn't exceed 16 mm (0.63 in) monthly. Winter lows average 6 °C (43 °F). Caldas, like most of Portugal, rarely sees any snow.
- 1 Turismo Caldas da Rainha (Tourist Information Office), Rua do Provedor Frei Jorge de São Paulo 5A (at E end of Praça da República (Praça da Fruta); Praça da Fruta), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. 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). A gallery holds occasional exhibitions of local arts and crafts.
- Município das Caldas da Rainha (municipal website), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. The municipal website provides extensive travel information in Portuguese. Sections include Agenda Viva (events schedule), Como chegar (how to arrive), Onde Ficar (where to stay), Onde Comer (where to eat), O Que Fazer (what to do), O Que Visitar (what to visit), Visitas Guiadas (guided tours), Onde Comprar (where to buy) and Transporte Municipal (municipal transport). A drop-down menu at the top of the page allows translation into English, French, or Italian.
- 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, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. In partnership with the Câmara Municipal (city council), GoCaldas is a website offering a trove of information, in both Portuguese and English, useful in planning your visit to Caldas da Rainha.
The nearest airport is Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS IATA) (also known as Portela Airport) in Lisbon, about 85 km (53 mi) south of Caldas da Rainha. There are several options to reach Caldas from Lisbon Airport:
- Bus: Rodoviária do Oeste. Take the Lisbon Metro from Aeroporto station and transfer at Alameda station to or at Saldanha station to . Either line will get you to Campo Grande station, where you can take Rodoviária do Oeste's Rápida Verde bus service.
- Bus: Rede Expressos. Take the Lisbon Metro from Aeroporto station and transfer at S. Sebastião station to 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 for the Rede Expressos coach bus to Caldas da Rainha.
- Rail. The rail station nearest the airport for service to Caldas is Entrecampos. Take the Lisbon Metro AeroBus Line 1 also travels between the airport and Entrecampos. From here take Comboios de Portugal's Linha do Oeste to Caldas da Rainha. (The rail station in written Entrcampos, but the metro station is written Entre Campos.) from Aeroporto station and transfer at Saldanha station to to Entre Campos station.
- 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%.
- Drive. Upon exiting the airport, follow the signs to OESTE. Next, follow the directions in the By car section. Tolls on the A8 motorway total €4.85.
- Bus. From the airport, take the Porto Metro (Metro do Porto) to Senhora da Hora or Trindade and transfer to the , , , or to Campo 24 de Agosto (~27 min, €2). Take RedeExpressos buses to Caldas. A few trips are direct, but most involve one or two transfers. Travel time is about 3 hr–4 hr 40 min, and fares are €18.50. See the By bus section for further info. on RedeExpressos.
- Rail. From the airport, take the Porto Metro Comboios de Portugal (CP) Alfa Pendular (AP) or Intercity (IC) train to Coimbra-B and transfer to an InterRegional (IR) train to Caldas. Travel time is about 4 hr 20 min–5 hr 20 min. Second class fares are €23.15 for AP and €20.10–€20.15 for IC, and first class fares are €27.40 and €23.35–€24.70, respectively. (Cheaper fares are available for trips involving commuter trains, which take longer, or for tickets bought five or more days in advance.) to Senhora da Hora or Trindade and transfer to the , , , or to Campanhã (~30 min, €2). From Campanhã station, take a
- Drive. Take the VRI (Via Regional Interior) south for 2.5 km (1.6 mi) to for 2.3 km (1.4 mi) to for 3.6 km (2.2 mi) to for 179 km (111 mi) to for 52 km (32 mi). Next, see the By car section to determine the best exit for your specific destination in Caldas.
- 1 Bus Terminal (Terminal Rodoviário), Rua Coronel Soeiro de Brito 35 (at the intersection of Rua Heróis da Grande Guerra; to Terminal Rodoviário or to Montepio), ☏ . 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. Expresso and Rápida buses use Terminal A. Other services, including non-rapid Rodoviária do Oeste, RoCaldas, and non-local companies, use Terminal B. Connecting the two terminals is an area with ticket and information booths, a seated waiting area with departure info. screens, and restrooms. If you have a wait for your bus, you might want to check out the Capristanos café/bar/waiting room for a refreshment or a quick bite. It's been here since 1949, when the bus company itself was called Capristanos.
- Rede Expressos (Rede Nacional de Expressos), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. This national coach company offers express service from several cities, including: Aveiro (2 hr 15 min–2 hr 55 min, €14.40), Braga (5 hr 10 min–5 hr 40 min, €16.60), Coimbra (2 hr 20 min–2 hr 40 min, €12.60), Leiria (40 min–1 hr 20 min, €6.30), Lisbon–Oriente (1 hr 10 min, €5) Lisbon–Sete Rios (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). Many other cities are available via connections.
- Rodoviária do Oeste (RDO), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. This regional coach company provides service from nearby cities, towns, villages, and beaches in the Oeste region. Routes serve Leiria, Alcobaça, Nazaré, and São Martinho do Porto from the north; Lisbon, Torres Vedras, Peniche, Cadaval, Bombarral, and Óbidos from the south; and Santarém, Rio Maior, and Benedita (Alcobaça) to the west, among other places. RDO also offers two Rápida (rapid) services to Caldas.
- Rápida Verde (Green Rapid). RDO offers frequent service on the Rápida Verde to and from Óbidos (20 min), Bombarral (35 min), and Lisbon (at Campo Grande, 1 hr 20 min). Pre-COVID-19, Rápida Verde offered 32 round trips on weekdays, with rush-hour peak-direction trips running every 10 min. Weekend and holiday service consisted of 13 round trips. In Caldas, the bus stops at Expoeste between the bus terminal and the A8 motorway. At Campo Grande, Rápida Verde buses board west of the metro station, at a new bus terminal on Avenida Padre Cruz, using stop numbers 26 and 27. To/from Lisbon: adults €8.10, children 4–12 €4.05, children under 4 free, seniors 65+ €6.45, youth/student cards €6.85, monthly travelcard (including Via Azul&Verde) €167.25 (normal), €190.55 (combined w/Metro & Carris), 6 prepaid tickets €42.05, 22 prepaid tickets €126.10.
- Rápida Rosa (Pink Rapid). RDO offers Rápida Rosa service to and from São Martinho do Porto (20 min), Nazaré (32 min), Leiria (1 hr 10 min), and select stops in between, with four round trips each weekday [reduced to two during pandemic]. 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 €25.25, monthly pass €128.80.
- Flixbus, ☏ . Flixbus offers direct coach service from Paris, France, (at Bercy Seine, 24 hr 45 min, €79.99), with stops at Versailles (23 hr 55 min, €79.99), Orléans (22 hr 20 min, €79.99), Tours (20 hr 45 min, €79.99, Bordeaux (16 hr, €44.99), Bayonne (13 hr 40 min, €49.99), Salamanca, Spain (6 hr 55 min, €24.99), and other intermediate locations. Prices and duration may differ based on several factors, but the foregoing should be the best options.
- 2 Caldas da Rainha Railway Station (Estação Ferroviária de Caldas da Rainha), Largo da Estação de Caminhos de Ferro (at the W end of Avenida 1º de Maio; Estação CP). 06:00–21:00 daily. While awaiting your train, enjoy the beautiful tiled walls, showing motifs of local life and history.
- 3 Salir do Porto Railway Halt (Apeadeiro de Salir do Porto), Travessa do Apeadeiro, Salir do Porto (RoCaldas routes 103, 111, 118). Other than the main Caldas da Rainha station, Salir do Porto has the only train stop in the municipality. Three regional trains in each direction between Leiria and Lisbon stop here daily.
- Comboios de Portugal ( CP, Trains of Portugal), ☏ . PDF timetable. CP's Linha do Oeste (Western Line) offers multiple daily Regional and InterRegional trains connecting Caldas da Rainha with cities along Portugal's west coast, including Lisbon–Santa Apolonia (2 hr 6 min–2 hr 33 min, €9.20–€10.15), Lisbon–Entrecampos (1 hr 55 min–2 23min, €8.95–€9.95), Torres Vedras (38–49 min, €4.05–€4.45), Leiria (44 min–1 hr 1 min, €5.25–€5.80), Figueira da Foz (1 hr 41 min–1 hr 48 min, €9.20), Coimbra (2 hr 07 min–2 hr 42 min, €10.50–€12.90), and points in between. Old infrastructure and meandering hills mean that the train is often slower than the bus.
Caldas da Rainha is served by two autoestradas (motorways, expressways, or freeways).
A8–Autoestrada do Oeste
Autoestrada do Oeste, the principal motorway serving Caldas, provides access from Lisbon in the south via Loures, Torres Vedras, Bombarral, and Óbidos. It provides access from Leiria and Marinha Grande to the north. There are four exits serving Caldas.
- Exit 17 Gaeiras / Caldas da Rainha (Sul) – provides an approach via N8 to the southernmost areas of the city.
- Exit 18 Caldas da Rainha / Foz do Arelho – leaves you on N360, which is convenient to much of Caldas and to Foz do Arelho's beaches and town.
- Exit 19 Caldas da Rainha / Zona Industrial – puts you on Avenida Atlântica, which is convenient to northern areas of the city and for Foz do Arelho via the newer Variante Atlântica. Bus companies prefer this exit over exit 18, as it offers a less congested route into the city centre.
- Exit 20 for Tornada – leaves you on N8 a few kilometres north of the city.
A8 connects with other motorways and roads, providing access from all over the country.
- /IC17 (CRIL–Circular Regional Interior de Lisboa) at exit 1.
- (CREL–Circular Regional Exterior de Lisboa) at exit 3A.
- (Autoestrada de Mafra) at exit 5.
- to Peniche at exit 14.
- (Autoestrada do Atlântico) at exit 16.
- IC9 or N8-5 to Alcobaça (east) or Nazaré (west) at Valado dos Frades exit 22.
- (Autoestrada do Litoral Centro) at exit 24A.
- (Variante da Batalha) at Leiria exit 26.
- (Autoestrada do Norte), the country's premier motorway, at the end of A8 in Leiria.
A15–Autoestrada do Atlântico
Autoestrada do Atlântico connects from Santarém and Rio Maior to the east, serving several of Caldas' rural civil parishes. In Santarém, it meets up with (Autoestrada do Norte), which allows access from many major cities.
- Exit 2 Gaeiras / A-dos-Negros – serves Caldas' rural civil parish of São Gregório (N115).
- Exit 3 for Landal / A dos Francos (N361) – also serves Vidais (N114).
Several estradas nacionais (national roads), which are not grade separated, serve the city and municipality. Nowadays, they are prefixed with the letter N, but older signs will show EN.
- 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. The portion between Caldas and Foz is known locally as Estrada da Foz.
- 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 from major cities
The câmara municipal (city hall) recommends the following routes from other major cities in the country.
- Albufeira 315 km (196 mi): → → → → – 2 hr 50 min
- Braga 280 km (170 mi): → → – 2 hr 30 min
- Castelo Branco 190 km (120 mi): → → – 1 hr 45 min
- Coimbra 128 km (80 mi): → – 1 hr 10 min
- Évora 194 km (121 mi): → – 1 hr 50 min
- Lisbon 90 km (56 mi): – 55 min
- Porto 230 km (140 mi): → – 2 hr
- Viseu 205 km (127 mi): → → – 1 hr 50 min
Caldas da Rainha has plentiful signposts pointing toward popular sights, civic amenities, large commercial establishments, nearby communities, the A8 motorway, and Lisbon. Street signs are typically located above eye level on corner buildings. These are often made of decorative ceramic tiles. Not all intersections are clearly signed, so a maps app on your smartphone can come in handy. Many places are named for kings or queens and use the honorific royal title Dom or Dona, usually abbreviated D., before the monarch's given name.
Caldas da Rainha has several streets and squares that locals call by older or more descriptive names rather than their current official designations. Visitors are likely to encounter these places (official name → colloquial name):
- Largo Conde de Fontalva → Largo da Rainha
- Largo da Rainha D. Leonor → Largo da Copa
- Praça 5 de Outubro → (Antiga) Praça do Peixe
- Praça da República → Praça da Fruta
- Rua Alexandre Herculano → Rua do Jardim
- Rua Almirante Cândido dos Reis → Rua das Montras
- Rua Dr. José Saudade e Silva → Rua da Electricidade
- Rua Vitorino Fróis → (Rua da) Estrada da Foz
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 inclines in the city centre are manageable by people of moderate fitness. Sidewalks (pavements) tend to be narrow, sometimes nonexistent.
The city centre offers several car-free streets, usually with retail shops, including Rua Almirante Cândido dos Reis (Rua das Montras), Rua Alexandre Herculano (Rua do Jardim), Rua da Liberdade, Praça 5 de Outubro, and a block of Rua Miguel Bombarda.
There are no traffic lights or walk/don't walk signals in the city proper. Crosswalks are marked with zebra stripes, often accompanied by a blue sign with a black-and white icon depicting a pedestrian using such a crossing. Drivers are pretty good about yielding to pedestrians using the crosswalks.
Although Caldas can present difficulties for people with disabilities, the city has made accessibility improvements. Many crosswalks in the city centre have dropped kerbs (curb cuts) allowing improved access for wheelchairs, prams (strollers), and other mobility devices.
- 4 TOMA, Customer service office: Praça 25 de Abril 43 ( Câmara), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 neighbourhoods of Caldas. Several city centre stops are served by all routes: Câmara, Centro de Saúde, Chafariz, Cinco Bicas / CCC, Heróis da Grande Guerra, Hospital, Montepio, and Rainha. Single ride bought on board €1.10, or €0.55 with prepaid "TTT" (Título de Transporte do TOMA); Viagem-a-Viagem (by trip): initial purchase of card & 12 trips €5.50, refill 15 trips €5.50, 35 trips €11, 80 trips €22, 150 trips €33; Dia-a-Dia (by day): initial purchase of card & 6 days €5.50, refill 13 days €11, 27 days €22, 45 days €33, 65 days €44.
- System diagram
- Linha (blue line) – a circuitous two-way route that serves eastern, northern, and western portions of the city, including Expoeste (exhibition centre) and Mercado Semanal (weekly market). The route differs somewhat in each direction.
- Linha (orange line) – a one-way figure-8 loop serving western areas of Caldas, including Rua Vitorino Fróis (Rua da Estrada da Foz), Biblioteca (library), and Fonte Luminosa (fountain).
- Linha (green line) – a one-way figure-8 loop goes to southern parts of the city, including Centro d'Artes (arts centre) and Fonte Luminosa (fountain).
- RoCaldas (Rede RoCaldas; Rede de Transportes), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. RoCaldas provides service to rural communities in Caldas da Rainha municipality. Twenty-two routes connect the city bus terminal to outlying villages. Five routes connect A dos Francos to its nearby communities, and three routes operate from Santa Catarina to its environs. The most popular route for visitors is probably the 125 which connects Caldas bus terminal to the beach at Foz do Arelho. Routes 103, 111, and 118 go to Salir do Porto, the other beach destination in the municipality.
Taxis in Caldas da Rainha are black with a light green roof. Older cabs have a creamy beige colour. 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 Engenheiro Duarte Pacheco Taxi Stand (on the street that connects city hall with the bus terminal), ☏ .
- 6 Praça da República (Praça da Fruta) Taxi Stand (at the northeast corner of the city's main square), ☏ .
- 7 Foz do Arelho Taxi Stand, Avenida do Mar (adjacent to the beach), ☏ .
- 8 Tornada Taxi Stand, Rua dos Choupos (N of the city just off the N8 road), ☏ .
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.
The municipality operates three centrally located paid underground parking garages:
- 9 Centro Cultural e de Congressos Car Park (CCC), Rua Dr. Leonel Sotto Mayor. 24 hours daily. At the cultural and conference centre. 350 spaces across three levels. 60 min free, 90 min free Su & holidays, each 15 min €0.20, 8:00–19:00 > 5 hr €4, 19:00–08:00 €2 max.
- 10 Praça 25 de Abril Car Park. 24 hours daily. Located on the square with the Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Pópulo (1950s church), city hall, and the courthouse. It's a block from bus station and near eating and shopping. 60 min free, each 15 min €0.20, 08:00–19:00 > 5 hr €4, 19:00–08:00 €2 max.
- 11 Praça 5 de Outubro Car Park (Antiga Praça do Peixe). 24 hours daily. Near restaurants, bars, and shopping. 60 min free, 90 min free Su & holidays, each 15 min €0.20, 8:00–19:00 > 5 hr €4, 19:00–08:00 €2 max.
Other car parks in the city include:
- 12 Avenida General Pedro Cardoso Car Park (between Rua 31 de Janeiro and Avenida General Pedro Cardoso, between Comunidade Intermunicipal do Oeste and police station). 24 hours daily. Free.
- 13 Bombeiros Voluntários das Caldas da Rainha Car Park (Volunteer Firefighters), Rua Miguel Bombarda 53.
- 14 Montepio Rainha D. Leonor Car Park, R. Montepio Rainha Dona Leonor 4B (between Rua do Montepio Rainha D. Leonor & Rua Capitão Filipe de Sousa). M–F 08–20:00, Sa 08:30–13:30, Su closed. 15 min or fraction €0.25, 08:00–20:00 (i.e., all day) €6, 20:00–08:00 (overnight) €3, 24 hr €8.50.
- 15 Parada Car Park, Rua Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro 39 (adjacent to Parque Dom Carlos I). 24 hours daily. Free.
You can find additional parking (parque de estacionamento) by looking for street signs with a white "P" on a blue background (). Some signs indicate Gratuito for free parking and Pago for paid parking. A roof-like chevron shape over the P indicates indoor or covered parking. Sometimes an electronic or flippable indicator will say Livre (available) in green or Completo (full) in red to indicate space availability or not. Some white-on-blue "P" signs indicate reserved parking spaces, so be careful if there is an accompanying placard.
Caldas da Rainha has numerous museums, mostly dedicated to art. You will find many pieces that are quite beautiful and enchanting. None are world renowned, but plenty are worthy of viewing and study. Be sure to check out some of Caldas' lovely architectural sights. The Art Deco buildings throughout the city are particularly easy to visit, as most of their interesting features are easily viewed from the street.
If your time in Caldas is limited, you'll want to make sure you see:
- Parque Dom Carlos I – The city's delightful main park is a favourite destination for visitors.
- Museu José Malhoa – This art museum in the park is full of captivating pieces.
- Museu da Cerâmica – This museum in an old manor house displays local and global ceramic works.
- Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Pópulo – The city's 16th-century mother church, a national monument, is included on most travellers' must-see lists.
- Praça da Fruta – The daily outdoor farmers' market offers a glimpse of daily life in Portugal and of the fresh, delicious produce of the region.
Museums and art
- 1 Casa Museu São Rafael (Museu Galeria São Rafael), Rua Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro 53 ( Centro d'Artes), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. M–F 09:00–12:30 by appointment, closed Sa Su & holidays. This museum is dedicated to the ceramic works produced by the Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro factory next door (Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro under current Portuguese spelling rules), including some original pieces by Bordallo Pinheiro from the late 19th century.
- 2 Centro de Artes (Arts Centre), Rua Dr. Ilídio Amado ( Centro d'Artes), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. M W–F 09:00–12:30 & 14:00–17:30, Sa Su 09:00–13:00 & 15:00–18:00; closed Tu, 1 Jan, Easter, 1 May, 25 Dec. The arts centre is a collection of five museums, largely dedicated to sculpture, but also including paintings, drawings, and prints. The museums are Atelier-Museu António Duarte, Atelier-Museu João Fragoso, Museu Barata Feyo, Museu Leopoldo de Almeida, and Espaço da Concas. Beyond the works in the museums, there are numerous sculptures displayed throughout the grounds. Guided tours are available by appointment. Free.
- 3 Museu da Cerâmica (Ceramics Museum), Rua Dr. Ilídio Amado 97 ( Centro d'Artes), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- 4 Museu do Ciclismo (Cycling Museum), Rua de Camões 57 ( Rainha), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. 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.
- 5 Museu do Hospital e das Caldas (Museum of the Hospital and of Caldas), Rua Rodrigo Berquó ( Cinco Bicas Praça da Fruta), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Tu–Sa & holidays 10:00–12:30 & 14:00–17:30, Su 09:00–12:00, closed M. Housed in the Caza Real (royal house), this museum presents the history of the thermal hospital and of Caldas. Until the end of the monarchy, the building served as home to the hospital directors as well as lodging for the royal family when they visited Caldas. In 1992, restoration was undertaken, along with installation of the museum. The museum offers tours of the hospital and its associated patrimony. €3, €1.50 for retirees and youth card holders, free to age 14.
- 6 Museu José Malhoa, Parque D. Carlos I ( Rainha), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. 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. Located in the Parque Dom Carlos I, 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, such as the evocative sixty-sculpture set Passion of Christ. You won't find world-famous works here, but many pieces are worthy of hanging on the walls of the world's finest museums. It's worth a visit. Don't miss the bas-relief figures on the façade of this building that was Portugal's first purpose-built museum. The building is classified as Imóvel de Interesse Público (Property of Public Interest). 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.
- 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.
- 7 Statue of Queen Leonor (Estátua de Rainha Dona Leonor), Largo Conde de Fontalva (Largo da Rainha) ( Rainha). 24 hours daily. The Queen stands regally in a roundabout, facing the park and welcoming visitors to the city centre. The statue was created by sculptor Francisco Franco (no, not the Spanish dictator) and was inaugurated 15 September 1935. Free.
Churches and buildings
- 8 Antiga Câmara Municipal (Old City Hall), Rua Almirante Cândido dos Reis 1 ( to Praça da Fruta or to Heróis da Grande Guerra). The lovely pink old city hall stands on Praça da República (Praça da Fruta). The seat of the municipal government was moved to a larger brutalist building, and the old edifice now houses civil parish offices of the União das Freguesias das Caldas da Rainha - Nossa Senhora do Pópulo, Coto e São Gregório. The building was dedicated in 1750, as indicated by the MDCCL etched on its façade. An inscription above the clock shows 1841, showing possible renovation. The building is classified as Imóvel de Interesse Público (Property of Public Interest).
- Art Nouveau Architecture (Arquitetura Arte Nova), 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 in the foregoing link. Walk around the area and you'll find many more gems. Free.
- 9 Ermida do Espírito Santo (Hermitage/Chapel of the Holy Spirit), Largo João de Deus (uphill SE of the thermal hospital Praça da Fruta). Mannerist and baroque chapel built in the 16th century and rebuilt in the 18th century. The building is classified as Imóvel de Interesse Público (Property of Public Interest).
- 10 Ermida de São Sebastião (Hermitage/Chapel of Saint Sebastian), NE corner of Praça da República (Praça da Fruta) ( 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. The building is classified as Imóvel de Interesse Público (Property of Public Interest). Tours can be arranged through the Museu do Hospital e das Caldas.
- 11 Hospital Termal Rainha D. Leonor (Queen Leonor Thermal, or Hot Spring Water, Hospital), Largo Rainha Dona Leonor ( to Praça da Fruta or to Cinco Bicas / CCC), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 (labeled 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.
- 12 Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição (Church of Our Lady of the Conception), Praça 25 de Abril ( Câmara), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. 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. Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição is a modern church built in the early 1950s to accommodate the city's growing population. Construction began on 20 August 1950, with a blessing from the cardinal–patriarch of Lisbon and the presence of the minister of public works. The cardinal–patriarch inaugurated the church 14 months later on 21 October 1951. The façade and décor aren't as bleak as other mid-century houses of worship, but compared with older churches in Portugal, Nossa Senhora da Conceição seems plainer and less elaborate. Its interior is mostly bright white sparingly adorned with some blue azulejo tiles, statues, and stations of the cross. This does give it an airy, open, and sunny look. Free.
- 13 Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Pópulo (Church of Our Lady of the Pópulo), Largo Conselheiro José Filipe ( Praça da Fruta or Cinco Bicas / CCC), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Nature and outdoors
- 14 Chafariz das Cinco Bicas, Rua Diário de Notícias (between Praça da República and the modern hospital, to Cinco Bicas / CCC). 24 hours daily. The grandest of Caldas' fountains, this baroque waterworks was built in 1749 and is noted for the five spigots from which its name derives. The five stars surrounding the spigots represent five of the seven Pleiades of Greek mythology. The other two Pleiades are represented on the other 1749 baroque fountains: Chafariz da Estrada da Foz and Chafariz da Rua Nova. This fountain and its sisters were constructed to provide water to the populace. They were not primarily initially decorative, though they are so now. Cinco Bicas remains in good working order, but don't drink. The fountain is classified as Imóvel de Interesse Público (Property of Public Interest). Free.
- 15 Chafariz da Estrada da Foz, Rua Vitorino Fróis, near number 10 ( to Rainha). 24 hours daily. Built in 1749, this fountain was built in conjunction with Chafariz das Cinco Bicas. While not as grand, the fountain's age and good condition make it an interesting stop for visitors who enjoy baroque waterworks. It is also more integrated into the urban fabric, less standalone than Cinco Bicas. The fountain no longer functions; its purpose now is decorative and historical. The building is classified as Imóvel de Interesse Público (Property of Public Interest). Free.
- 16 Chafariz da Rua Nova, Largo D. Manuel I (up the hill from Largo da Rainha D. Leonor / Largo da Copa, where the thermal hospital is located, to Praça da Fruta or to Cinco Bicas / CCC). 24 hours daily. Caldas' third baroque fountain built in 1749, not as grand as the Cinco Bicas fountain, but still a pleasant sight. When you first approach the underutilized but lovely square, you will see a fountain in the center, but this is not your target. Chafariz da Rua Nova is against a wall near a staircase leading to an upper lane. The building is classified as Imóvel de Interesse Público (Property of Public Interest). Free.
- 17 Fonte Luminosa (Luminous Fountain), Rotunda dos Arneiros (Rotunda da Fonte Luminosa) ( to Fonte Luminosa). 24 hours daily. Although Bairro dos Arneiros is a lively residential area, Fonte Luminosa is one of Santo Onofre's few sights of interest for most visitors. This modern fountain, renovated in the summer of 2020, shoots jets of water illuminated by coloured lights. While you're here, check out some of the restaurants, cafés, and shops around and near the square. Free.
- 18 Jardim da Água (Water Garden), Between the hospital and the city & hospital museum / royal palace ( to Cinco Bicas / CCC). 24 hours daily. A whimsical "garden" with water features, accented with ceramics, tiles, and towering sculptures. It was designed by master ceramicist Luis Ferreira da Silva (1928-2016) and built in the 1990s. This installation is one of the country's largest urban ceramic works. It honors two of the city's iconic symbols: water and ceramics. Free.
- 19 Mata Dona Leonor (Queen Leonor Woods), Rua Diário de Notícias ( to Belver or Hospital). 24 hours daily. If the park is too urban for your taste, visit the adjoining Mata Dona Leonor. Tree-lined trails make for quiet, pleasant walks. You can also find picnic facilities. Planted during Queen Leonor's era, the forest was meant to protect the source of the hospital's hot springs. Trees include pine, oak, sycamore, and acacia. Free.
- 20 Parque Dom Carlos I (Parque D. Carlos I, King Charles I Park) ( Rainha). This lovely, delightful 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 pathway between two old buildings that connects 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. In January 2021, Evasões magazine called the park, "One of the most beautiful parks in the country (perhaps the entire world)".
- 21 Penedo Furado de Foz do Arelho, Intersection of Rua Eng. Luís Paiva e Sousa & Rua Garejau, Foz do Arelho (NW of Caldas off the N360 road; a short hike from RoCaldas bus route 125). 24 hours daily. This huge boulder with an arched opening was formed by rain and wind erosion. It is millions of years old and dates back to the Jurassic period. Free.
- 22 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), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. 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.
- 23 Largo Frederico Ferreira Pinto Bastos ( Ponte). 24 hours daily. You will find this small, pleasant square in the Bairro Além da Ponte section of Santo Onofre, the civil parish forming the western half of the city. Away from the usual tourist track, this urban pocket provides a glimpse of typical life in a Portuguese neighbourhood. You may wish to sit at one of the outdoor cafés, or you can grab a beverage or light meal at one of the surrounding eateries and enjoy it on a public bench. The disused water pump served as the population's source of well water back in the days before homes had indoor plumbing. A few trees lend the square a feeling of city oasis. Free.
- 24 Largo Rainha Dona Leonor & Largo Dom Manuel I ( to Praça da Fruta or to Cinco Bicas / CCC). 24 hours daily. These two adjacent squares lie in the heart of Caldas' Historic Zone. Largo Rainha D. Leonor—also known as Largo da Copa—houses both buildings of the thermal hospital and provides access to the park. Largo D. Manuel I has the Chafariz da Rua Nova water fountain as well as a more modern fountain. Both plazas are picturesque and offer excellent viewpoints for photos. You can find a few cafés and restaurants on or just off the squares. Free.
- 25 Praça 5 de Outubro (Antiga Praça do Peixe) ( to Heróis da Grande Guerra—slightly farther but with no incline—or Rainha—closer but with a climb up a steep hill). 24 hours daily. This square used to host the fish and seafood market until it moved indoors elsewhere in town. Nowadays, the plaza is a centre of dining and nightlife, with numerous restaurants, cafés, and bars. Many feature outdoor seating. Music and other entertainment often grace the square. The square's name means 5 October and commemorates the 1910 revolution in which King Manuel II was deposed and Portugal was established as a republic. Free.
- 26 Praça 25 de Abril ( Câmara). 24 hours daily. This square acts as a civic center of sorts and hosts three "great powers": the brutalist modern city hall building (Câmara Municipal), the mid-century Church of Our Lady of the Conception (Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição), and the courthouse (Palácio da Justiça). This plaza holds the city's huge artificial Christmas tree each year and is a primary meeting point for the annual Carnaval (Mardi Gras) parade. The square's name refers to 25 April, the date of the Carnation Revolution in 1974 that overthrew Portugal's authoritarian Estado Novo government. Free.
- 27 Praça da República ( Praça da Fruta). 24 hours daily. The city's grandest public square hosts the daily farmers' market. The plaza is surrounded by many examples of fine architecture. Don't miss the lovely pink old city hall and several Art Nouveau buildings. You can find a respite from urban explorations with drinks and pastries at the kiosk on the plaza's southwestern end or at one of the area's many cafés. You might wish to also visit the square after the farmers' market finishes for the day, in order to appreciate the beautiful patterns of the stone calçada portuguesa pavement. Free.
Caldas da Rainha offers plenty of activities to keep visitors occupied, indoors or out, from culture and performing arts to beaches and sporting activities. The year's calendar is packed with holidays, festivals, and celebrations.
- 1 Bowling Caldas, Avenida Vasco da Gama 77 ( Piscinas), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. W–M 11:00–00:00 (closed Tu). Ten lanes of bowling plus snooker, video games, and Thursday karaoke. The restaurant's menu includes salads, omelets, fish, meat, pizza, pasta, and a kids' menu. Beverages include coffee, soda, milkshakes, hot chocolate, beer, wine, and liquor. Bowl. Eat. Drink. Repeat. M W Th €4/game, F–Su & holidays €4.50/game.
- 2 Centro Cultural e de Congressos (CCC, Cultural and Conference Centre), Rua Dr. Leonel Sotto Mayor ( Cinco Bicas / CCC), ☏ , , ✉ email@example.com. Tickets & information: M Tu 10:00–13:00 & 14:00–19:00, W–F 10:00–13:00 & 14:00–21:00, Sa & holidays 15:00–18:00; cinema days: opens 2 hr before and closes after; night shows: 15:00–end of performance; afternoon shows: 10:00–13:00, opens two hours before the performance. The main performing arts centre in Caldas da Rainha hosts music, theatre, film, and dance events, as well as conferences and exhibitions. The centre has a café called Sons, Tons & Sabores (Sounds, Tones & Flavours).
- 3 Cineplace La Vie (formerly Vivacine at Vivaci), Rua Belchior de Matos 11, in the La Vie shopping centre ( Rainha). Opens 15:00, closes after last session. This is the only full-time cinema in Caldas. Tu–Su standard tickets €6.70; seniors, students, and youths €5.80; M all tickets €5.70; 3D ticket +€1.50, 3D glasses +€1.
- 4 Expoeste, Av. Infante D. Henrique 2 ( Expoeste), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Indoor Karting Caldas da Rainha, Rua João Reis 16A (in the industrial zone NW of the city; reachable via either Estrada da Foz / N360 road or Avenida Atlântica; walk from RoCaldas route 125 bus to Foz do Arelho), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. 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.
- 6 Infinite Roll, Rua Raul Proença 12B ( to Câmara or to PSP), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Tu–F 15:30–20:00, Sa 15:00–20:00 & 21:00–00:00, closed Su M. Infinite Roll is a board game club and shop. They also have card games and roleplaying games. They host game nights, tournaments, live streams and events. This is the destination for geek culture.
- 7 Teatro da Rainha (Queen's Theatre), Rua Vitorino Fróis / Largo da Universidade, Edifício 2 ( Biblioteca), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. This theatre troupe puts on several productions each year.
- Bicycling, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Caldas municipality has over 22 km (14 mi) of bicycle paths, along five routes. These include an 8 km (5.0 mi) portion of Estrada Atlântica (Atlantic Road), which goes through other municipalities for a total length of 62 km (39 mi): Alcobaça, Marinha Grande, Leiria, and Pombal.
- 8 Caldas Sport Clube, Campo da Mata, off Rua Diário de Notícias ( Univ. Católica), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Football (soccer) is the leading sport for participants and spectators in Portugal. Come cheer the local team. Once in the top division, Caldas nowadays plays in Portugal's third division, confusingly called Campeonato de Portugal. The club celebrated its centennial in 2016.
- 9 Escola de Vela da Lagoa de Óbidos (Óbidos Lagoon Sail School), Rua Eng. Luís de Paiva e Sousa 105, Nadadouro, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 10:00–sunset, Sep & May closed Tu, Oct–Mar closed Tu–Th, Apr closed Tu W. Learn canoeing, windsurfing, catamaran, kitesurfing, SUP/paddle board, surfing, foiling, wing foil, and optimist (small, single-handed sailing dinghy intended for use by children up to the age of 15) on Óbidos Lagoon. They offer courses, group lessons, private lessons, and team building. They rent equipment and will assist with accommodation and gear storage and repair. Their bar offers beverages and light meals.
- 10 Lagoa de Óbidos (Óbidos Lagoon) (N360 / Estada da Foz; RoCaldas route 125). Lagoa de Óbidos is situated between Caldas da Rainha (Foz do Arelho and Nadadouro civil parishes) and Óbidos (Vau and Santa Maria civil parishes). The lagoon flows into the Atlantic Ocean. It offers many aquatic activities, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, kiteboarding, jet-skiing, waterskiing, stand-up paddling. The beaches on the shore offer opportunities for swimming, sunbathing, and making sandcastles.
- 11 Praça de Touros (Bullring), intersection of Rua da Praça de Touros and Rua 31 de Janeiro ( 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 a minor consolation, in Portugal the bull is not killed in the ring within the sight of spectators. This 3,250-seat arena, inaugurated 13 June 1883, also hosts concerts and other spectacles.
- 12 Praias de Foz do Arelho (Foz do Arelho beaches), Avenida do Mar, Foz do Arelho (exit 18 off the A8 motorway, then NW on Estrada da Foz / N360; or exit 19 off A8, then NW on Avenida/Variante Atlântica; RoCaldas route 125). Foz do Arelho has the two closest beaches to Caldas da Rainha, about 10 km (6.2 mi) NW of the city centre. One faces the Atlantic Ocean (Praia do Mar), and other is on the calmer Lagoa de Óbidos (Foz do Arelho–Lagoa). They are connected by a narrow channel. These beaches are popular with both Caldenses and visitors. Both beaches have earned the coveted Blue Flag (Bandeira Azul). 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) (RoCaldas route 111 (3 times daily on weekdays); Comboios de Portugal train service (3 daily round trips)). The calm waters of this riverside beach near an enclosed bay make Salir do Porto a popular beach destination for families with young children. Free.
There's always something going on in Caldas. In addition to the events listed below, be sure to keep an eye on what's happening at the Centro Cultural e de Congressos (CCC), Expoeste, Escola Superior de Arte e Design (ESAD.CR), and the museums. Local newspapers and websites will list upcoming events.
- Caldas Street Food Festival, Avenida 1º de Maio, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Early Dec. Annual street food festival. Come enjoy some delicious grub al fresco and in the shadow of the city's gigantic Christmas tree.
- Natal (Christmas) (throughout the city, especially in the centre). 25 Dec, with associated events throughout the month. Caldas da Rainha does not take Christmastime lightly. Decorations and lights can be found in abundance. The main (artificial) tree is found at Praça 25 de Abril. This site includes a large, illuminated "Caldas da Rainha" sign, perfect for selfies and pics. Nearly 50 city streets and squares are strung with lights and various iconic buildings are lit up. Check out the festive store windows decorated to compete for a prize from the local chamber of commerce. Roving bands and musicians delight the populace and visitors with holiday melodies.
- 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.
- (Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday), Avenida 1º de Maio, Praça 25 de Abril, and Avenida da Independência Nacional. Moveable feast based on the date of Easter; Feb or early Mar. Traditionally, Carnaval celebrated one last hurrah with 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 less attention paid to religion. Festivities begin several days before, with a party for senior citizens 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 honouring the latest Marvel superhero or Disney princess, or dressing as fruits and vegetables.
- World Press Cartoon, Cultural and Conference Centre (CCC), Rua Dr. Leonel Sotto Mayor, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Early May. Annual press cartoon contest, featuring caricatures, editorial, and gag cartoons.
- Festas da Cidade (Feriado Municipal, Municipal Holiday). 15 May. Caldas da Rainha celebrates itself with an annual municipal holiday. Music, fireworks, the presentation of medals of merit, and the inauguration of civic works mark the occasion. Associated events are held throughout the month.
- Oeste Lusitano, Parque D. Carlos I, ✉ email@example.com. Mid-May. Come see the pure-blood Lusitano horses.
- Caldas Late Night, throughout the city, ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Late May–early June 15:00–00:00. Caldas Late Night is a three-day celebration of music, art, performance, multimedia, and design. It's been organized annually by students of Escola Superior de Artes e Design (ESAD, school of art & design) since 1992. Free.
- FALU–Festival Artístico de Linguagens Urbanas (Artistic Festival of Urban Languages), ✉ email@example.com. Summer, with capstone in Oct. This urban arts festival runs throughout the city during the summer. In its first year (2020), six murals were created on buildings throughout the city. Like much in Caldas, the festival's name is a double entendre. It sounds like the Portuguese words for both "I speak" and "phallus".
- Caldas Anima. Jul–Aug. The city holds numerous events under the Caldas Anima banner: magic, theatre, circus, music, film, festivals, and fairs.
- Expotur - Festa de Verão / Tasquinhas (Summer Festival / Food Stands), Expoeste, Avenida Infante D. Henrique 2 ( Expoeste). Early to mid-Aug. An annual 10-day celebration of summer at the Expoeste exhibition centre. Visitors can taste foods from communities throughout the municipality and watch folk dancers in traditional costumes. There are exhibits of handicrafts and ethnography. Free admission.
- Assunção de Nossa Senhora (Assumption of Our Lady). 15 Aug. Caldenses celebrate this late-summer national/Catholic holiday with a fair that has lots of food and rides. The city also holds a bullfight on this day.
- Frutos, Feira Nacional de Hortofruticultura (National Fruit and Horticulture Fair), Parque D. Carlos I, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Late Aug. M–Th 17:00–24:00, F 17:00–01:00, Sa 15:00–01:00, Su 15:00–24:00. 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.
- Festival Internacional Caldas Nice Jazz (Cultural and Conference Centre (CCC) & elsewhere), ☏ , , ✉ email@example.com. Late Oct–early Nov. Caldas Nice Jazz, an international music festival, features 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 (arts and design school), 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.
Caldas da Rainha is home to several institutions of professional, vocational, arts, further, and higher education. Among these are a few language schools where visitors can learn Portuguese.
- 2 Caravela School (Escola Caravela–Português para estrangeiros, Portuguese for Foreigners), Rua Alexandre Herculano 40 (Rua da Jardim) ( to Montepio or to Terminal Rodoviário or to Heróis da Grande Guerra), ☏ . Caravela offers Portuguese instruction in several formats, including 2 wk/44 hr intensive, 9 wk/45 hr extensive, and 2 wk/40 hr mini-group and online courses. Private lessons (90 min face-to-face or online) are also available. The school will arrange accommodation and transport upon request. Intensive and extensive courses €300, mini-group €320, online €240, 1 private lesson €27 (€125 for 5).
- 3 The English Centre, Rua Heróis da Grande Guerra 89 (In the Centro Comercial D. Carlos I Heróis da Grande Guerra), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. M–F 09:30–13:00 & 14:00–19:00, Sa Su closed. This school offers courses in Portuguese for foreigners, from beginner to advanced. Classes are offered weekdays at 2 hours per week (1 x 120 min) or 3 hours per week (2 x 90 min). Short 40-hour summer courses are available in July and August (2 hr x 20 weekdays).
- 4 Lancaster College - Instituto de Línguas (Lancaster College - Language Institute), Rua Professor Abílio Moniz Barreto 70 (in the "McDonald's building"; Quinta dos Canários), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. M–F 10:00–13:00 & 14:00–19:00, Sa Su closed. Lancaster College offers courses in Portuguese for foreigners, from beginner to advanced. Courses run for a total of 60 or 90 hours, taught once or twice a week.
With over 600 commercial establishments, Caldas da Rainha dubs itself the "Capital of Traditional Commerce". The centre of town has several shop-lined streets with many mom-and-pop stores and boutiques. Main shopping streets include Rua Heróis da Grande Guerra, Rua Almirante Cândido dos Reis (Rua das Montras), Rua Alexandre Herculano (Rua do Jardim), Rua Capitão Filipe de Sousa, Rua Miguel Bombarda, Rua da Liberdade, and Rua de Camões.
If you're looking for a Caldas souvenir, buy some of the famous local ceramic pottery. The Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro factory produces useful and decorative pieces. For those who enjoy naughtier mementos, Caldas is known for its ceramic phalluses, which like the real thing come in various sizes and can be found all over town.
If you enjoy bargain hunting, head for the Chinese-immigrant-owned shops (lojas chinesas). Some can be quite large. Merchandise at these cheap stores includes household needs, home decor, small appliances, clothing, and toys. The emphasis is on price over quality, so don't expect familiar brands.
Markets and shopping centres
- 1 Centro Comercial Avenida, Rua do Jasmin (Just off Avenida 1º de Maio; look for the tall, crown-shaped yellow neon sign; Estação CP). This small shopping centre is rather old-school, but it refuses to die. It doesn't get as many visitors as in days past, but several businesses have managed to survive. It's not worth a special trip, but if you happen to be on the avenue, pop in for a look around.
- 2 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 Heróis da Grande Guerra), ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. M–Sa 08:00–20:00, Su closed. This two-storey shopping centre is in the middle of town. The centre is dominated by small businesses. You'll often find yourself attended to by the shop owner.
- 3 Centro Comercial Rua das Montras, Rua Almirante Cândido dos Reis 64 ( Heróis da Grande Guerra). This small, cozy shopping centre was opened in 1985. The centre's several shops are largely devoted to gift items. It's a good place to browse when you need ideas on what to get for the hard-to-shop-for person in your life. It offers a convenient passage between Rua Almirante Cândido dos Reis (Rua das Montras) and Rua Alexandre Herculano (Rua do Jardim). It has an entrance to the Europeia Hotel.
- 4 Feira de Velharias (Flea Market), Parque D. Carlos I ( to Rainha), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. 2nd Su of each month 09:00–17:00. This monthly flea market in the park offers a great variety of goods for sale, from dishes to records and towels to clothing to home décor. Free entry.
- 5 La Vie Caldas da Rainha Shopping Centre (formerly Vivaci), Rua Belchior de Matos 11 ( Rainha), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 09:00–23:00 daily. The largest shopping mall in Caldas da Rainha has four floors with 60 shops and services, including clothing, gifts, home décor, a large appliance and electronics store (Rádio Popular), a bookstore (Livraria Bertrand), and a supermarket (Auchan). The centre includes a food court with 15 restaurants (both Portuguese and international) and a five-screen cinema (Cineplace). Clothing stores include several owned by Zara parent company Inditex: Bershka, Lefties, Oysho, Pull & Bear, Stradivarius, and Zara Kids (but not Zara itself). Other international brands include Calzedonia, Claire's, Intimissimi, and Flying Tiger Copenhagen. The 440-space garage offers 2 hours of free parking.
- 6 Mercado do Peixe (Fish Market), Rua Alexandre Herculano 94 (Rua do Jardim) (alternate entrance via Rua Dr. Leonel Sotto Mayor; Cinco Bicas / CCC). Formerly located on Praça 5 de Outubro (which was popularly called Praça do Peixe, "Fish Square"), the city's once lively open-air fish market was moved into this 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.
- 7 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.
- 8 Mercado Semanal (Feira, Weekly Market), Rua Diário de Notícias ( Mercado; or walk uphill 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.
- 9 Praça da Fruta (Farmers' Market), Praça da República ( Praça da Fruta), ✉ email@example.com. 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, where it has been located since the 15th century. 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).
- 10 Bordallo Pinheiro Factory Store & Outlet, Rua Rafael Bordallo Pinheiro 53 ( Centro d'Artes), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- 11 Coccodrillo, Rua Tenente Sangreman Henriques 7 ( Chafariz or Montepio), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. M–F 10:00–13:00 & 14:00–19:00, Sa 10:00–13:00 & 14:30–19:00, closed Su. Fashion for children up to 14 years old. This is the sole Iberian branch of this Polish chain.
- 12 Drogaria das Caldas, Rua Alexandre Herculano 90 (Rua do Jardim) ( Praça da Fruta Terminal Rodoviário), ☏ . 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.
- 13 Executiva, Rua Miguel Bombarda 2 ( Heróis da Grande Guerra), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. M–F 10:00–19:00, Sa 09:30–19:00, Su closed. Fine ladies wear for work or festivities.
- 14 Loja do Ca**lho!, Rua da Liberdade 19 ( Praça da Fruta), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. This shop offers various styles of ceramic decoration, with an emphasis on the phalluses for which Caldas is renowned for. They self-censor their name, which includes a rude Portuguese word for phallus.
- 15 Mercearia Pena, Rua Heróis da Grande Guerra 51 ( Heróis da Grande Guerra), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- 16 Ramiro, Rua Heróis da Grande Guerra 57 ( Heróis da Grande Guerra), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. 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.
- 17 Sportino, Rua Heróis da Grande Guerra 123 & 125 ( Heróis da Grande Guerra), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 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" (Rua Almirante Candido dos Reis / Rua das Montras 54) and "Outlet" (Rua Heróis da Grande Guerra 98A) locations in Caldas as well as an authorized retail location of Barcelona clothier Desigual (Rua Heróis da Grande Guerra 98).
- 18 Surfoz Action Sports (Surfoz Surfshop), Rua Heróis da Grande Guerra 14A ( Rainha), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. M–Sa 10:00–20:00, Su 14:00–20:00. For your surfing, skating, bodyboard, BMX, and other action sports needs.
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Caldas da Rainha offers a wide array of eateries from traditional Portuguese and Continental to Brazilian to East and South Asian to fast food joints. Many places offer vegetarian and vegan options. Caldas has more worthwhile restaurants than we can possibly list, so do explore the city to discover more eateries. There are many good restaurants in the rural communities around Caldas, so it is worth exploring beyond the city limits.
Savoury dishes typical of Caldas include ensopado de enguias da lagoa (stewed lagoon eels), bacalhau à lagareiro (cod in olive oil), caldeirada (fish stew), and polvo à lagareiro (octopus in olive oil).
If you have a sweet tooth, don't miss out on cavacas das Caldas. These sugar-encrusted confections are about the 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 sweet treats include beijinhos em flor (bite-sized biscuits topped with colourful, flower-shaped sugar), trouxas de ovos (sweet poached eggs), lampreias de ovos (egg and sugar confection shaped like lampreys), and pão-de-ló (sponge cake).
- Churrasqueira Xaneca, ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 08:00–22:30. Affordable grilled chicken to eat in or take out. Lots of other dishes are also on offer: soup, fish, meat, bread, and savoury pastries.
- 4 A Lanterna, Rua Alexandre Herculano 78 (Antiga Rua do Jardim) ( Heróis da Grande Guerra or to Terminal Rodoviário or to Praça da Fruta), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. 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.
- 5 Os Queridos, Estrada Nacional 8, 70, Tornada (On the N8 road N of Caldas; RoCaldas routes 103, 113, 118), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Poço do Zé, Largo de Santa Helena, A dos Francos (S of Caldas, a short drive off the N115 road), ☏ . Tu–Sa 12:00–14:30 & 19:30–22:00, Su 12:00–15:00, closed M. Traditional Portuguese cooking in the countryside. The menu is heavy on grilled dishes. The dining room offers gorgeous views of the green rolling hills. The property includes a 26 m (85 ft) deep well and a tree covered in wine bottles.
- Rei dos Frangos (King of Chickens). Rei dos Frangos specializes in grilled chickens and other grilled meats and fish and other cooked dishes. This small regional chain has 19 locations, with two in Caldas. A good option if you're looking for takeaway.
- 9 O Selim, Rua do Parque 17 ( Praça da Fruta Rainha), ☏ . 11:30–16:00 & 19:00–22:30 (closed Th). O Selim (the Saddle) offers Portuguese regional and traditional cuisine, such as meat and fish, including several preparations of codfish. They are located on a side street just off Praça da República.
- 10 Cairo Cairo, Rua Vitorino Fróis 40 ( to Biblioteca), ☏ . Tu 09:30–21:00, W Th 09:30–21:30, F 9:30–22:30, Sa 10:30–22:00, Su 10:30–21:00. Flavours of Egypt, including falafel, hummus, lamb or vegetarian stuffed vine leaves, veal or vegetarian stuffed peppers, kofta, and couscous.
- 11 Flavours of India, Calçada da Praça 5 de Outubro 5 ( to Rainha), ☏ . M–Sa 12:00–15:00 & 18:30–20:00, closed Su. Flavours of India is a vegetarian-friendly, family-run Indian restaurant. €4–€10.
- Grab&Go. 24 hours daily. Grab&Go has a collection of vending machines available 24/7/365. You complete your purchase without any human intervention. Hot food, such as sandwiches, kebabs, hamburgers, and hot dogs, are ready in 30 seconds. They also offer cold sandwiches, donuts, chocolates, and chips/crisps. There are cold soft drinks and juices, as well as hot drinks, such as coffee, cappuccino, hot chocolate, and tea.
- 12 Grab&Go, Rua Coronel Andrada Mendoça 16 ( Heróis da Grande Guerra). 24 hours daily. Grab&Go's first Caldas store, with a more central location.
- 13 Grab&Go II, Rua Vitorino Fróis 16B (Rua da Estrada da Foz) ( Rainha), ☏ . 24 hours daily. Grab&Go's second Caldas location, less centrally located, but being between the Queen's statue and the library might be convenient for some.
- 14 Hamburgueria a Casa do Bingre, Avenida 1º de Maio 16 ( Estação CP), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. M–F 12:00–14:00 & 19:00–22:00, Sa Su 12:00–15:00 & 19:00–22:00. They specialize in hamburgers, but have other items on the menu. They can accommodate vegetarians and vegans. €5–€9.
- 15 La Piazza Pizzaria, Praça 5 de Outubro 14A (Antiga Praça do Peixe) ( Heróis da Grande Guerra or Rainha), ☏ . 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.
- 16 Pizzeria Novo Mundo, Rua da Praça de Touros 25B ( to Chafariz or Montepio to Terminal Rodoviário), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. M–Sa 11:30–22:00, Su closed. 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.
- 17 TBAC - The Bread And Coffee (formerly HOMY), Rua Coronel Soeiro de Brito 34A ( Montepio or Terminal Rodoviário), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. M–Sa 09:00–21:00, Su closed. Quirky fast food, ice cream, coffee, and more. €3–€11.
- 18 Adega do Albertino, Rua Júlio Sousa 7, Imaginário (a bit E of town just off the N114-1 road; several RoCaldas routes), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- 19 A Capelinha do Monte, Praça 5 de Outubro 22 (Antiga Praça do Peixe) ( Heróis da Grande Guerra or Rainha), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. M Tu 08:30–16:00, W–Sa 08:30–22:00, Su closed. Homey traditional Portuguese food, with an emphasis on steak.
- 20 Restaurante Lisboa (Restaurante Lisboa XL), Avenida Infante Dom Henrique / Avenida Atlântica, Zona Industrial, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. M–F 07:00–19:00, Sa 07:00–23:00, Su 12:00–19:00. This popular buffet place is located just outside of town. €10–€13.
- 21 A Mimosa, Praça 5 de Outubro 37 (Antiga Praça do Peixe) ( Heróis da Grande Guerra or Rainha), ☏ . M–Sa 08:00–23:30, Su closed. Typical Portuguese cooking, specializing in fish. In business since 1961.
- 22 Naco na Pedra, Rua do Casal 5, Salir do Porto, ☏ . 12:00–14:30 & 19:00–22:00 daily. This countryside steakhouse offers an extensive menu beyond beef with global flavours. They have a long wine list. €12–€25.
- 23 O Recanto, Rua da Alegria 23 ( to Rainha), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. M–Sa 10:00–00:00. The extensive traditional Portuguese menu consists mostly of meat, specifically beef and pork. The list of daily specials includes fish. The long dessert menu consists of both sweets and fruits.
- 24 Restaurante Tijuca, Rua de Camões 89 ( Praça da Fruta Rainha), ☏ . M–Sa 07:00–02:15, Su closed. 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.
- 25 Bella Milano, Rua Dr. Francisco Sá Carneiro 11 ( Rainha or Heróis da Grande Guerra), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- 26 Botellini - Restaurante Vegetariano, Rua Manuel Mafra 43B ( to Fonte Luminosa), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. M–Th 12:30–14:30 & 19:30–21:30, F Su 12:30–14:30, closed Sa. Vegetarian cuisine by the Botelho family in the Santo Onofre civil parish (western side of town). Dishes include shiitake soba noodles, seitan "beef" with five peppers, risotto with squash and arugula, and meatless hamburger. For drinks you can get kombucha and locally-sourced herbal teas. €7–€15.
- 27 Delhi Darbar, Rua General Amilcar Mota 21 ( Parque or Centro Paroquial), ☏ . M 09:00–17:00, Tu–Su 12:00–15:00, and daily 18:00–23:30. Indian cuisine in a colourful setting. The extensive menu lists over 150 items, including many vegetarian options. €9–€27.
- 28 Geo Restaurante, Hemiciclo Joao Paulo II 9A ( Câmara), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- 29 Sabores da Rainha, Rua do Sacramento 15A ( Heróis da Grande Guerra), ☏ . 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.
- 30 Safflor, Hemiciclo João Paulo II 15 ( to Câmara), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. M 19:00–22:00, Tu–Sa 12:00–15:00 & 19:00–22:00, closed Su. Modern Dutch and Indonesian cuisine by Chef Martijn Castricum. €8–€25.
- 31 Afinidades, Rua do Provedor Frei Jorge de São Paulo 1 (in the Turismo building; to Praça da Fruta), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Tu–Sa 11:30–00:00, Su 11:30–14:30, closed Su. Modern Portuguese cuisine on Praça da República (Praça da Fruta). Fine local ingredients combined with global sophistication. €15–€40.
- 32 A Lareira, Rua da Lareira 35, Alto do Nobre, Nadadouro (NW of town, between the two main roads to Foz do Arelho; a walk from the RoCaldas route 125 bus to Foz do Arelho), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. W–M 12:00–15:00 & 19:00–23:00, Tu closed. Portuguese and international cuisine, served in the countryside. €10–€30.
- 33 Lisbonense Restaurant, Avenida Dr. Manuel Figueira Freire da Câmara ( Rainha), ☏ . 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.
- 34 Maratona, Praça 25 de Abril 15 ( Câmara), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Restaurant: M–Sa 12:00–15:00 & 19:30–23:00, Su closed; Lounge: F Sa & holiday eves 23:00–02:00. International and traditional Portuguese cuisine, including a selection of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dishes. €10–€35.
- 35 Solar dos Amigos, Rua Principal 49, Guisado, Salir de Matos (RoCaldas routes 113 & 118, some Rodoviária do Oeste buses), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. M Tu Th F 12:00–15:00, Sa Su 12:15–15:45 & 19:00–23:30, closed W. Opened in 1975, this rustic, family-owned restaurant in the countryside has bullfighting decor. The menu features extensive choices of meat and fish. Special for Saturday lunches only is Cozido á Portuguesa, a hearty, traditional dish of boiled pork, beef, and vegetables. Sunday's lunch special are oven-roasted pork, roast veal, and roast lamb. The dessert display case offers numerous temptations.
- 36 Funky Sushi Bar, Rua Júlio César Machado 3A ( to Chafariz), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Tu–Th Su 12:30–15:00 & 18:30–22:00 F Sa 12:30–15:00 & 18:30–23:00. Creative sushi in an environment reminiscent of Japan. Extensive menu includes uramaki, hossomaki, temaki, niguiri, gunkan, and sashimi. €6–€40.
- 37 Kabuki Sushi, Rua Dr. Francisco Sá Carneiro 12 ( Heróis da Grande Guerra or Rainha), ☏ . Tu–Su 12:30–14:30 & 19:30–22:30, M closed. Offering all manner of sushi delights in the Bairro Azul neighbourhood.
- 38 Sabores d'Italia, Praça 5 de Outubro 40 (Antiga Praça do Peixe) ( Heróis da Grande Guerra or Rainha), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. 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. This is the only restaurant in Caldas listed in the Michelin Guide ("The Michelin Plate: Good cooking" and "Comfortable restaurant"). €18–€55.
- 39 Yasuke Japanese Restaurant, Rua do Parque 5 ( to Rainha or to Praça da Fruta), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. M 07:00–22:30, Tu–Th 12:30–15:00 & 19:00–22:30, F 12:30–15:00 & 19:00–23:00, Sa 13:00–15:00 & 19:00–23:00. Chef Jailton Santos has served sushi to the Emperor of Japan.
Caldas da Rainha is home to several bars, many pastry shops, and numerous cafés. You can find cafés all over town, including in residential neighbourhoods.
- 1 Baco's Wine Bar, Rua Heróis da Grande Guerra 103 (terrace / first floor, store 5) ( to Heróis da Grande Guerra), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. M 13:00–16:00, Tu–Sa 13:00–23:00, closed Su. Located in the centre of town, Baco's Wine Bar offers small plates and light bites to satisfy your appetite while you imbibe your wine. The outdoor terrace offers cushioned seating with views of pedestrianized Rua Dr. José Saudade e Silva (Rua da Electricidade) and the little shopping centre across the street. €10–€20.
- 2 Bar 120, Praça 5 de Outubro 33 (Antiga Praça do Peixe) ( Heróis da Grande Guerra or Rainha), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- 3 Bar Déjà Vu, Praça 5 de Outubro 12B (Antiga Praça do Peixe) ( Heróis da Grande Guerra or Rainha), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Bar Déjà Vu is a lively watering hole on Praça 5 de Outubro. Enjoy seating on the outdoor esplanade.
- 4 Caldas Bar (Caldas Bar 1955), Rua Coronel Soeiro de Brito 26 (in front of the bus terminal; to Terminal Rodoviário or to Montepio), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 08:00–20:00. Founded in 1955, this bar is reputed to serve the best bifanas (thinly-sliced marinated pork cutlet sandwiches) in Caldas. €2–€5.
- 5 Central Bar Caldas, Rua Filinto Elísio s/n, Edifício Moagem Ceres ( Rainha), ☏ . M–Th 13:00–02:00, F 13:00–03:00, Sa 14:00–03:00, Su 14:00–01:00. Located at SILOS Contentor Criativo, Central Bar's vibe is cool and artistic. The bar's windows offer views of the Bairro Lisbonense neighborhood and of passing trains.
- 6 Daiquiri Bar, Praça 5 de Outubro 5 (Antiga Praça do Peixe) ( Heróis da Grande Guerra or Rainha), ☏ . M–Sa 14:00–03:00, Su closed. Another popular nightlife joint on Praça 5 de Outubro. Enjoy your beverage al fresco in the outdoor esplanade.
- 7 Démondé, Rua Filinto Elísio 34B ( Rainha), ☏ . Tu–Sa 21:30–03:00. Accompany your beer or shots with DJs playing indie, electronic, funk, and rock.
- 8 Pateo do Baco, Rua Sebastião de Lima 26 ( Heróis da Grande Guerra or Rainha), ☏ . 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.
- 9 WalkAbout, Rua António Silva e Sousa 1 ( Centro Paroquial), ☏ . 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.
- 10 Café Central, Praça da Republica 69-71 (Praça da Fruta) ( Praça da Fruta), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. 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.
- 11 Citrus Coffee, Praça da República 78 (Praça da Fruta) ( Praça da Fruta), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- 12 Confeitaria Calé - Pastelaria Comtradição, Rua Dr. Miguel Bombarda 30 ( Heróis da Grande Guerra), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. 07:30–19:30 (closed Su). Bakery and patisserie with plenty of seating in a great people watching locale. Pastel Pelicano (pelican pastry) is a local speciality.
- 13 Dimas Café, Avenida 1º de Maio, at intersection of Avenida da Independência Nacional ( Câmara), ☏ . 06:00–20:00 daily. This café is at the intersection of the "avenues". It has plenty of outdoor seating.
- 14 Gelataria Puzzle, Rua de Camões 59B ( Rainha, Praça da Fruta), ☏ . 09:30–22:00 daily. This ice cream shop/café/snack bar sits across from the park. They have some outside seating, along with indoor seating.
- 15 Pastelaria Baía (Rei das Cavacas), Rua da Liberdade 33 ( Praça da Fruta), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- 16 Pastelaria Dona Leonor, Rua de Camões 23 ( Rainha), ☏ . 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.
- 17 Venezia Caffè, Rua Almirante Cândido dos Reis 98 (Rua da Montras) ( Heróis da Grande Guerra), ☏ . 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.
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Lodging in Caldas da Rainha varies from run-down pensões (boarding houses) to well-appointed city-centre hotels to cozy rural homes to seaside properties. The gamut accommodates a wide range of budgets.
- 1 Hostel 4Nomads, Rua Engenheiro Duarte Pacheco 13 ( to Montepio or to Terminal Rodoviário), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Check-in: 15:00–18:00, check-out: 00:00–10:00. Hostel 4Nomads offers low-cost lodging in the heart of the city. Rooms types include a private room with a double bed, two private rooms with a single bed, a family room with a single and a double bed, a three-bed female dormitory, and a mixed dormitory with six bunk beds. Amenities include Wi-Fi, shower, bath, and kitchen. Rooms with double beds have a TV. Minimum of 2 nights, maximum of 30. €18–€40.
- 2 Hotel Residencial Central, Largo Dr. José Barbosa 22 ( Praça da Fruta), ☏ . Check-in: 14:00–21:00, check-out: 11:00–12:00. 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 two-star, 23-room, establishment offers basic lodging. They do have free Wi-Fi, and reception is open 24 hours. €24–€32.
- 3 Residencial Dom Carlos, Rua Camões 39A ( Rainha), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 15:00–19:00, check-out: 11:00–12:00. The three-star, 18-room establishment is across from the city's main park. Free breakfast included. €27–€48.
- 4 Hotel Dona Leonor, Hemiciclo João Paulo II 9 ( Câmara), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Check-in: 14:30–00:00, check-out: 08:00–12:00. 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 television, and free Wi-Fi throughout the property. The ground floor has a cozy yet dated (retro?) lounge. Free breakfast included. €35–€50.
- 5 Nova Delpa AL, Rua Emídio de Jesus Coelho 20 ( Heróis da Grande Guerra), ☏ . Check-in: 14:00–23:00, check-out: 08:00–12:00. Cozy, centrally located alojamento local (local accommodation). Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi. €36–€47.
- 6 Olhos Pretos Pensão Residencial, Rua do Rosário 10 ( Praça da Fruta), ☏ . Check-in: 15:00–20:00, check-out: 00:00–11:00. This three-star, 32-room, city-centre establishment offers very basic accommodation (residential pension) for travellers on tight budgets. €35–€36.
- 7 Água d'Alma Hotel (formerly Hotel Penedo Furado), Rua das Camarções 3, Foz do Arelho (just off Estrada da Foz / N360; RoCaldas route 125), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 15:00–00:00, check-out: 08:00–12:00. This three-star, 28-room hotel offers free breakfast buffet, Wi-Fi, and parking. The hotel is in the middle of Foz do Arelho town (with all the small-town amenities) and about 900 m (3,000 ft) from Lagoa de Óbidos. Água d'Alma has a modern and intimate bar where guests can enjoy watching the fish in the aquarium while sipping their drinks. €48–€108.
- 8 Caldas Internacional Hotel, Rua Dr. Artur Figueirôa Rego 45 ( Quinta dos Canários / Hotel), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Check-in: 14:00–00:00, check-out: 07:00–12:00. Three-star, 83-room hotel at the northern approach to the city. Facilities include bar, restaurant, hot tub, swimming pool, and gym. Room amenities include air conditioning, mini-bar, direct telephone, and satellite television. Breakfast included. €50–€110.
- 9 Hotel Campanile Caldas da Rainha, Rua Fernando Ponte e Sousa 12 ( Parque or S. João de Deus), ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 14:00–00:00, check-out: 00:00–12:00. New three-star, 82-room hotel opening in January 2021. It is operated by Campanile, a Flagworld brand. Amenities include free parking, 24-hour front desk, room service, free Wi-Fi, a bar, and accessible facilities.
- 10 Casal da Eira Branca, Rua Casal dos Pedreiros 3, Infantes, Salir de Matos, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Check-in: 15:00–21:00, check-out: 09:00–12:00. This 5-room rural property has a year-round pool, covered and heated in cooler weather. They offer free Wi-Fi and free parking. There's a game room with table tennis and billiards. Pets are allowed. €50–€61.
- 11 Hotel Cristal Caldas, Rua António Sérgio 31 ( Câmara), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 15:00–00:00, check-out: 06:00–12:00. This three-star, 115-room hotel is 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, and free Wi-Fi. Free breakfast included. €45–€61.
- 12 Europeia Hotel, Rua Almirante Candido dos Reis 64 (enter through Centro Comercial Rua das Montras or via Beco do Forno; Heróis da Grande Guerra), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Check-in: 14:00–00:00, check-out: 00:00–12:00. This three-star, 55-room hotel is located in the heart of the city's shopping district. Property amenities include Wi-Fi, a sitting area/lounge on each floor, a breakfast room, a cocktail bar, a billiard lounge, meeting rooms, and a business centre with internet access, 24-hour front desk, laundry service, and ironing service. Free breakfast buffet included. €37–€52.
- 13 19 Tile, Rua General Queirós 46 ( Praça da Fruta Rainha), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 16:00–22:00, check-out: 07:00–12:00. 19 Tile 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.
- 14 Casas dos Infantes (Houses of the Princes), Rua 1 de Novembro 33, Infantes, Salir de Matos, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Check-in: 15:00–20:00, check-out: 07:00–12:00. Enjoy a quaint countryside family stay at this rural bed & breakfast. Four refurbished country properties offer distinctive stays. Property amenities include free parking, free Wi-Fi, bicycles available, children's activities, highchairs available, BBQ facilities, outdoor fenced infinity pool with view, in-room breakfast, picnic area, terrace with sun loungers and umbrellas, laundry service, and washing machine. Room features include desk, seating area, sofa, clothes rack, kitchenette, microwave, complimentary toiletries, hair dryer, iron, refrigerator, and kitchenware. Free breakfast included. €59–€127.
- 15 Flamboyant B&B, Rua do Moinho 11, Serra do Bouro (just off the M566 municipal road; RoCaldas routes 111, 118, 124), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 16:00, check-out: 10:30. Flamboyant has three suites, as well as a renovated windmill where you can stay. It's located in a quaint, hilly countryside village not far from the Atlantic Ocean. Amenities include Wi-Fi, air conditioning, infrared heating, eco-friendly toiletries, hairdryer, Nespresso, organic tea, water, fresh fruit & biscuits. €110–€140.
- 16 Inatel Foz do Arelho, Rua Francisco de Almeida Grandela 17, Foz do Arelho (on Estrada da Foz / N360 from Caldas da Rainha; RoCaldas route 125), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Check-in: 17:00–00:00, check-out: 08:00–12:00. Three-star, 94-room accommodation across from the lagoon beach. Amenities include gymnasium, bar, restaurant, meeting rooms, game room, Wi-Fi throughout, and private parking. €42–€90.
- 17 Quinta Japonesa (Japanese Farm), Rua da Boavista 147, Vale das Cuvas, Carvalhal Benfeito, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 16:00–22:00, check-out: 09:00–10:00. Quinta Japonesa offers rustic luxury accommodation in the countryside. Choose from two apartments, an entire holiday home, or one of three "glamping" tents. It appears to be favoured by the Dutch, based on numerous online reviews in that language. €120–€130.
- 18 Sana Silver Coast Hotel, Avenida Dr. Manuel Figueira Freire da Câmara ( Rainha), ☏ , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. Check-in: 14:00–00:00, check-out: 00:00–12:00. The Sana Silver Coast Hotel was built on the site and in the style of the venerable old Grand'Hotel Lisbonense. A construction mishap sent the original hotel's façade tumbling down and prevented its intended reuse, so the new hotel was built from scratch. The hotel's 88 rooms offer the only four-star accommodation in the city of Caldas da Rainha. Room features include soundproofing, air conditioning, room service, safe, VIP room facilities, minibar, and flatscreen TV. Property amenities include free Wi-Fi, the Lisbonense Restaurant, bar/lounge, banquet room, conference facilities, meeting rooms, concierge, 24-hour front desk, business centre with internet access, laundry service, dry cleaning, ironing service. Free breakfast buffet included. €67–€105.
As in the rest of Portugal, the emergency telephone number for police, fire, and medical assistance is 112. The Serviço Nacional de Saúde (National Health Service) 24-hour hotline is 808 24 24 24.
- 5 Bombeiros Voluntários das Caldas da Rainha (BVCR, Volunteer Firefighters), Rua 31 de Janeiro ( PSP), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Always open. Everybody's favourite guys and gals in uniform. In addition to putting out conflagrations, the firefighters operate the ambulance service. The Caldas volunteer firefighters were founded in 1895.
- 6 Centro Hospitalar do Oeste–Hospital Distrital Caldas da Rainha (Hospital Centre of the West–Caldas da Rainha District Hospital), Rua Diário de Notícias ( Hospital), ☏ , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. 24 hours 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.
- 7 Centro de Saúde (Health centre), Rua do Centro de Saúde 1 ( Centro de Saúde), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. M–F 08:00–20:00, Sa 09:00–13:00, Su closed. The health centre provides primary care services and includes a number of units. An appointment may be necessary. Each of the following rural civil parishes has a health care clinic: A dos Francos, Alvorninha, Foz do Arelho, Landal (Rostos), Salir de Matos, Santa Catarina, Tornada, and Vidais.
- 8 Guarda Nacional Republicana (GNR, Republican National Guard), Rua Major Pascoal Pires ( Centro de Saúde), ☏ , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. The Guarda Nacional Republicana (GNR) is a militarized national gendarmerie force. They primarily patrol rural areas and highways.
- 9 Polícia de Segurança Pública (PSP, Public Security Police), Rua 31 de Janeiro 32 ( PSP), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. The Polícia de Segurança Pública (PSP) patrol urban areas, such as the city of Caldas.
There are seven pharmacies in the city proper. They take turns being open 24 hours. You can find the current farmácia de serviço online, on the door of each pharmacy, on electronic signs in the city centre, and in local newspapers. Several rural communities have farmacies. They can help you via telephone during off hours. You can call the nationwide hotline 1400 for pharmacy assistance 24/7.
- 10 Farmácia Branco Lisboa, Rua Almirante Cândido dos Reis 25 (Rua das Montras) ( Praça da Fruta or Heróis da Grande Guerra), ☏ , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. M–F 09:00–19:30, Sa 09:00–13:00, Su closed. Home delivery €4.31.
- 11 Farmácia Caldense, Praça 5 de Outubro 7 (Antiga Praça do Peixe) ( Heróis da Grande Guerra or Rainha), ☏ , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. M–F 09:00–13:00 & 14:30–19:00, Sa 09:00–13:00, Su closed.
- 12 Farmácia Central, Praça da República 15 (Praça da Fruta) ( Praça da Fruta), ☏ , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. M–F 09:00–19:30, Sa 09:00–13:00, Su closed.
- 13 Farmácia Freitas (formerly Farmácia Rainha), Rua Engenheiro Marcelo Morgado 1–3 ( Cutileira), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. M–F 09:00–19:30, Sa 09:00–13:00, Su & holidays closed. Home delivery €4.31.
- 14 Farmácia Maldonado, Rua Tenente Sangreman Henriques 12 ( Chafariz or Montepio), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. M–F 09:00–19:30, Sa 09:00–13:00, Su closed. Home delivery €4.31.
- 15 Farmácia Perdigão, Rua Dr. Augusto Saudade e Silva 15 ( Ponte), ☏ , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. M–F 09:00–13:00 & 14:30–19:30, Sa Su closed. This is the only pharmacy in Santo Onofre, the western half of the city.
- 16 Farmácia Rosa, Avenida 1º de Maio 12A ( Câmara), ☏ , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. M–F 08:30–19:30, Sa 09:00–13:00, Su closed.
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.
- 17 Biblioteca Municipal das Caldas da Rainha (Public Library), Rua Vitorino Fróis s/n (Rua da Estrada da Foz) ( Biblioteca), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- 18 CTT Correios (Post Office; Edifício dos Correios, Telégrafos e Telefones), Rua Engenheiro Duarte Pacheco 3 ( Montepio Terminal Rodoviário), ☏ . M–F 09:00–18:00. Whether using CTT's services or just passing by, don't miss the blue tiles and the ceramic CTT logo on the side of the 1970s post-office building.
- 19 CyberNet, Rua Raul Proença 19B ( PSP Câmara), ☏ . 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.
Places of worship
Although Roman Catholicism remains the predominant religion in Portugal, the constitution guarantees separation of church and state and freedom of religious practice. Caldas da Rainha has numerous non-Catholic houses of worship, including Anglican, Assemblies of God, Baptist, Evangelical, Jehovah's Witnesses, Latter-Day Saints, Seventh-Day Adventist, and Spiritualist. A few services are in English, but most will be in Portuguese.
- 20 Fitness Factory, Rua da Praça de Touros 57 ( Escola D. João II), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. M–F 07:00–22:30, Sa 9:00–20:00, Su & holidays 09:00–13:00. This small national chain offers group classes, personal training, and nutritional counseling. They have cardio, free weights, and resistance training. This gym is a good option for travellers, as long-term commitment is not required.
- 21 Queen's Fitness Club - Quinta da Oliveira, Avenida Timor Lorosae ( S. João de Deus), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. M–F 07:00-23:00, Sa 09:00–13:00 & 16:00–20:00, Su 10:00–13:00. Queen's Fitness Club's 10,000 m² area offers group classes, personal training, strength and cardio training, and nutrition advice. They also have a swimming pool and outdoor space. No commitment required.
- 22 Queen's Fitness Club - Rua do Funchal (Queen's Fitness Club II), Rua do Funchal, 39, cave (basement) ( to Escola D. João II), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. M–F 07:00–22:30, Sa 09:00–13:00 & 16:00–20:00, closed Su. The amenities at this smaller branch include group fitness classes, personal training, and indoor running track.
- 23 Lava Bem - Avenida Adelino Mamede de Oliveira, Avenida Adelino Mamede de Oliveira 1A ( Fonte Luminosa), ☏ . 09:00–21:00 daily.
- 24 Lava Bem - Rua Visconde de Sacavém, Rua Visconde de Sacavém 2B ( Parque), ☏ . 09:00–21:00 daily.
- 25 Wash Station, Rua José Filipe Neto Rebelo 2A ( PSP), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Daily 08:00–21:00. This self-service launderette also offers pressing, mending, and delivery services.
With its central location and good transport connections, Caldas da Rainha serves as an excellent home base for exploring other destinations in Portugal's Oeste subregion along the country's central west coast.
- Alcobaça – See the Real Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Alcobaça, a UNESCO World Heritage Site monastery. Or visit São Martinho do Porto, which has a protected bay beach popular with families.
- Bombarral – See Bacalhôa Buddha Eden, Europe's largest Oriental garden.
- Lourinhã – Town with dinosaur-related attractions.
- Nazaré – A picture-postcard beach town, renowned for its surfing. Don't miss the funicular ride to the upper town and the excellent seafood restaurants serving the local catch.
- Óbidos – Caldas' nearest neighbour is a walled medieval hilltop town. The Oeste's must-see destination.
- Peniche – Beaches and water sports, with access to the Berlengas archipelago.
- Torres Vedras – The Lines of Torres Vedras defended the Lisbon peninsula against Napoleon's army.
Travellers can reach many cities in Portugal from Caldas using various modes of transport.
- Aveiro – A city of canals and Art Nouveau buildings.
- Batalha – See the Mosteiro de Santa Maria da Vitória, a UNESCO World Heritage Site monastery.
- Coimbra – The country's fourth-largest urban centre is the home of Portugal's oldest university, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Fátima – Visit Portugal's most famous pilgrimage site, where Catholics believe the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children six times in 1917.
- Lisbon (Lisboa) – The nation's capital is about an hour away by the expresso or rápida buses. It makes a good day trip. The Jerónimos Monestary and Tower of Belém are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
- Mafra — The National Palace of Mafra and associated buildings are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Porto – The country's "second city" challenges Lisbon in sights and amenities for the traveller. The historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Sintra — This historic town's cultural landscape was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among its popular sights are Sintra Palace and Pena Palace.
- Tomar – Many interesting sights, including Convent of Christ, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
|Routes through Caldas da Rainha|
|Coimbra ← Leiria ←||N S||→ Torres Vedras → Lisbon|
|Leiria ← (IC9 or N8-5 to Nazaré or Alcobaça) ←||N S||→ Óbidos (→ to Peniche) → Lisbon|