This years trip to Portugal was inspired by a Luxury Escape 7 day package deal to the Marriot Resort at Praia d’El Rey (Obidos) which is on the coast 92 km from Lisbon. The dates chosen included the romantic thought of celebrating our forty eighth wedding anniversary ( hell - is it that long) on 20 June with a special dinner at the resort.
We set off from Porto just before 0930 hrs very pleased with our experience of visiting Porto. Our first planned stop was Aveiro, the town promoted as the Venice of Portugal.
As it was only 72 km along the coast, we were there quite early and the town was just coming to life. We walked a number of the canals that have been cut into this low area of wetlands and around which the town has been developed. Large, colourfully decorated powered gondolas were transporting tourist groups along the canals which gave the town quite a lot of appeal. While I had caught a coffee and Portuguese custard tart for breakfast in Porto Kaye was in need of sustenance so we stopped for an early morning beer and sandwich; the sandwich of Chios and cheese and accompanying carb just hit the spot. We would have loved to have stayed and to have seen the restaurants and cafe’s set up and servicing what is obviously a good tourist attraction. A nice town worth a stop.
We continued onto Nazaré, a coastal town recognised as a holiday centre for its beaches. This was the longest leg for the day at 148km. It was definitely a popular and holiday town and our first priority was to drive the long esplanade to see the popularity of the beach and to identify a lunch location.
We appreciated the assistance of one restauranter for helping us to park in the tightest of parks in front of his restaurant. Unfortunately we didn’t eat there as we had already identified another on the beachside of the road. We had a pizza and a wine from very friendly staff serving a genuine product using local produce. The pizza and the experience were both very satisfying.
The final 51 km leg to the Marriott did include a number of navigation problems due to our inattentiveness and a road change. As with our previous travel on these roads north of Lisbon, we have constantly been bombarded by electronic toll counters. The final bill will be interesting and makes me pleased we accepted the advice of Avis to have them provide us with the account at the trips end.
The Marriott and it’s golf course is located on a cliff top overlooking the Atlantic and is surrounded by a very large estate of what appears as up market holiday houses. The area seems remote and not well serviced; more exploration required. The Hotel is large and appealing.
We checked in around 1600 hrs and relaxed before drinks and a light dinner in the bar.
We walked the grounds of the Hotel before a relatively early night.