The 10 Best Things to Do in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal

March 31, 2018 Margarita Chappel

Caldas da Rainha (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈkaɫdɐʒ ðɐ ʁɐˈiɲɐ]) is a medium-sized city in western central Portugal in the historical province of Estremadura and the district of Leiria. The city serves as the seat of the larger municipality of the same name and of the Comunidade Intermunicipal do Oeste (OesteCIM, Intermunicipal Community of the West). At the 2011 census, the municipality had a population of 51,729 in an area of 255.69 square kilometres (98.72 sq mi), with 27,378 residing in the city. Although the city itself lies about 10.5 kilometres (6.5 mi) inland, three of the municipality's civil parishes lie on the Atlantic Ocean. Caldas da Rainha is best known for its sulphurous hot springs and ceramic pottery.
Restaurants in Caldas da Rainha

1. Praia Foz do Arelho

Avenida do Mar, Caldas da Rainha, Portugal
Excellent
53%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
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1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 465 reviews

Praia Foz do Arelho

Reviewed By Ies K - Caldas da Rainha, Portugal

Beautiful beach for young and old. Ocean side or Lagoon side, you choose. The lagoon side is safe for kids and the ocean side is heavy and challenging

2. Obidos Village

Obidos, Portugal 00351-262-95-92-17-214
Excellent
68%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Obidos Village

Reviewed By Natalija T

The area of the town of Óbidos is located on a hilltop, encircled by a fortified wall. Óbidos remains a well-preserved example of medieval architecture; its streets, squares, walls and its castle are a popular tourist destination.
Each July Óbidos castle hosts a traditional 'Medieval Market'. For two weeks the castle and the surrounding town recreate the spirit of medieval Europe.

3. Foz do Arelho Beach

Foz do Arelho 2500, Portugal
Excellent
60%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 250 reviews

Foz do Arelho Beach

Reviewed By Nicky P - Bristol, United Kingdom

Stunning, very natural, not over taken by the usual sun beds restaurants. Very friendly people good English speaking, clean, can be windy, and can be hilly, depending where you stay, we were at the far end of Foz, supermarket was 30 min walk, a car not essential as taxi was easily obtained.

4. Parque Dom Carlos I

Parque Dom Carlos I, Caldas da Rainha 2500-109, Portugal +351 968 033 714
Excellent
53%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 257 reviews

Parque Dom Carlos I

Reviewed By Christine G - Deux-Sevres, France

Opposite hotel Sana Siver Coast and great to walk and sit and read. Locals use this a lot at weekends and the ambiance is great.

5. Obidos Castle

Rua Direita | Santa Maria, Obidos 2510-079, Portugal +351 21 040 7630
Excellent
61%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Obidos Castle

Reviewed By Beatriz M - Cologne, Germany

Walking around the walls of the castle is definetly a must! However, I think you do not need to walk the whole wall because it is very long and sometimes it is a bit steep and the worst is that in most parts there is no "protection", so you are just walking there and there is no other wall on the side blocking you from falling. :D But definetly walk around a bit and find good photo spots and just enjoy the view! No entrance fee.

6. Escola de Vela da Lagoa

Rua do Penedo Furado, Foz do Arelho 2500-517, Portugal
Excellent
83%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 45 reviews

Escola de Vela da Lagoa

Reviewed By KieranKPK1963 - Dublin, Ireland

Had a brilliant morning of fun with a large group doing the paddle boarding lesson in the lagoon. Excellent value and great lesson from our very attentive coach. No problem for the younger and fitter but harder for the couple of slow coaches in our group.. Well worth doing. Other activities include wind Surfing cayaking and sailing.

7. Museu Jose Malhoa

Parque Dom Carlos I, Caldas da Rainha 2500-109, Portugal +351 262 831 984
Excellent
43%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 116 reviews

Museu Jose Malhoa

Reviewed By fanytag13 - Brussels, Belgium

It is a very interesting visit for art lovers. Lovely museum with a collection of the principal portuguese naturalists. The collection of Bordalo Pinheiro, The passion of Christ, is stunning, as well as some paintings of Malhoa, among others. The Museum is located in the beautiful Park of D. Carlos.

8. Porta da Senhora da Piedade (Porta da Vila)

Obidos, Portugal
Excellent
47%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 493 reviews

Porta da Senhora da Piedade (Porta da Vila)

Reviewed By Phil M - Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand

You pass through the Porta da Senhora on entry into the Obidos township. It is a spectacular artistic display and definitely worth some moments to ponder and look (if you can ignore the streams of tourists flowing through too).

9. Indoor Karting Caldas da Rainha

Rua Joao Reis | Zona Industrial Caldas da Rainha, Caldas da Rainha 2500-757, Portugal +351 262 084 912
Excellent
85%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
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5 based on 32 reviews

Indoor Karting Caldas da Rainha

Indoor Karting Caldas da Rainha is an Indoor Karting Track where you practice Karting sport. We have a 14 karts fleet (270cc) and 2 karts for children (90cc).IKCR has a track 315 meters long and 5 wide. Pilots can see in real time their lap time, in a monitor that is set after the finish line. The sports complex has a bar and room for business events and birthday parties (with inflatable). It is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 16pm to 2am and Sunday from 16pm to 12am . In August it is open every day.

Reviewed By Charles E

I have been Go Carting many times and often the places and the carts are a bit rough. Not his place. Nice well maintained carts and well designed track. Being indoors it is a little more technical with tight corners but it still flows fine.
Had great fun with the family and very friendly and welcoming crew. If the clouds out this is the perfect option. Good in the evening too. This will be a regular stop.

10. Grande Mercado Medieval de Obidos

Obidos, Portugal +351 262 955 561
Excellent
76%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 158 reviews

Grande Mercado Medieval de Obidos

Reviewed By EduardoBonaparte - Lisbon, Portugal

You can choose to be part of this Kindom history and theme, or just feeling the atmosfere. Good music, some additional entertainment. How ?
You and your friends can select what to dress, a King a Priest, or any other from the Kindom of Obidos. It's just a few 3 euros this year to rent the custom, and make such a difference for the atmosphere...
You can enjoy to see the horse fights, the animation, the medieval music, the iron work to build the armors, all kind of medieval work is also represented there.
Must dinner there, pleanty of places to choose there, you don't need to include the meal from the ticket. Avoid Friday & Saturday where it normally gets full.
Take all your friends with you, and enjoy local wine, the location is fantastic, weather during the night is a little bit more cold there than in Lisbon ( 15 ~ 19ºC) but with a little bit of red wine it can help...

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