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Oeste (West) is a subregion of the Central region in Portugal.


Map of Oeste


The northern municipalities of Oeste belong to the district of Leiria.

  • 1 Alcobaça – Noted for its monastery, a WV-Unesco-icon-small.svg UNESCO World Heritage List.
  • 2 Bombarral – See Bacalhôa Buddha Eden, Europe's largest Oriental garden.
  • 3 Caldas da Rainha – A city known for its curative waters and its arts.
  • 4 Nazaré – Has a popular beach and is popular with surfers.
  • 5 Óbidos – The heart of town is on a hilltop surrounded by medieval castle walls.
  • 6 Peniche – Lovely beaches with a surf scene.


The southern municipalities of Oeste belong to the district of Lisbon.

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The Oeste region was historically part of the Estremadura province. The northern municipalities then belonged to the Leiria district, while the southern ones were part of the Lisboa (Lisbon) district. Districts have been mostly phased out, but still serve some geographical purposes.

Visitor information[edit]

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

  • Comboios de Portugal (Trains of Portugal), +351 707 210 220. PDF timetable. Comboios de Portugal's Linha do Oeste (West Line) runs through the region north to south, connecting with several stations in Lisbon, Leiria, Coimbra, Figueira da Foz, and other stops in between. Trains on this windy line are old, and buses are often faster.

By bus[edit]

  • Rede Expressos, Terminal Rodoviário de Sete Rios, Praça Marechal Humberto Delgado, Estrada das Laranjeiras, +351 217 524 524, . Rede Expressos is the main nationwide coach bus provider. You can use them from the Sete Rios or the Oriente terminals in Lisbon to reach many destinations in the Oeste region.
  • Rápida Azul (Rodoviária do Oeste), +351 262 767 676, . PDF timetable. Rodoviária do Oeste's Rápida Azul line provides bus service from Lisbon (Campo Grande) to Lourinhã (55 min), Praia da Areia Branca (~1 hr), Peniche (1 hr 25 min), and points in between. Lourinhã & Praia da Areia Branca €7.75, Peniche €8.65 (see timetable for discount details).
  • Rápida Verde (Rodoviária do Oeste), +351 262 767 676, . PDF timetable. Rodoviária do Oeste's Rápida Verde line provides frequent bus service between Lisbon (Campo Grande) and Bombarral (45 min), Óbidos (1 hr), and Caldas da Rainha (1hr 20 min). Bombarral €7.30, Óbidos €7.95, Caldas da Rainha €8.50 (see timetable for discount details).

By car[edit]

The main motorway in the Oeste region is A8 (Autoestrada do Oeste) which provides access to Lisbon in the south and Leiria in the north. There are direct exits to Torres Vedras, Bombarral, Óbidos, and Caldas da Rainha. Connecting roads lead to Peniche, Nazaré, and Alcobaça.

The A10 motorway serves the southeast part of the region: Arruda dos Vinhos and offers connecting roads to Sobral de Monte Agraço and Alenquer.

The A15 motorway (part of route IP6) connects directly to Óbidos from A1 in Santarém. Connecting roads go to Peniche and to Caldas da Rainha.

The EN1 (or N1) road (Estrada Lisboa-Porto) was the nation's principal roadway until Portugal started using European Union community funds to build its motorway network. It serves Alenquer directly.

The older EN8 (or N8) road (Estrada da Estremdura), runs largely parallel to A8. It is narrower and slower, but offers a route that allows greater closeness with the communities it passes though.

EN115 (or N115) offers a scenic route between Lisbon's suburb of Loures and Caldas da Rainha, serving Cadaval and Sobral de Monte Agraço.

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Caldas da Rainha has several museums, mostly of art. Lourinhã has a few sights dealing with dinosaurs and paleontolgy. Óbidos, perhaps the Oeste's most popular destination, has a medieval castle and is surrounded by stone walls protecting the hilltop town.


The Oeste region has some excellent beaches. Nazaré and Peniche are especially noted for their great surfing waves.



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