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Make a holiday rental home or self catering accommodation in Central Portugal your home away from home

Central Portugal is a large, varied and mainly rural region of Portugal, consisting of towering mountains, stunning rivers and a coastline which rivals that of the Algarve for rugged beauty. Tourism in Central Portugal is very low key, allowing visitors to take a rental home in Central Portugal and explore the open countryside and enjoy the hospitable welcome without tourist crowds, high rise hotels or any ‘English pubs’ anywhere to be seen. This is traditional Portugal at its best.

Things to do on holiday in Central Portugal

The forested hills of Central Portugal are a wonderful place to walk. The pure natural beauty of the area could inspire even the most blasé of visitors. Rambling in Central Portugal is a very popular activity, as well as mountain biking and hiking. The hills are a maze of walking and biking trials, and the unspoilt nature of the countryside means that there are still some wonderful animals roaming here, including wild boar and even lynx. A holiday rental property in Central Portugal is a haven of peace for any lover of the great outdoors and nature.

The rivers which cross the region are attract visitors from around Eur¬ope, especially the River Zezere, which is the longest in the area. Fishing and rambling holidays along the rivers forested banks thrive, whilst much of its course is can be navigated by canoe, which provides a magnificent days entertainment from any self catering accommodation in Central Portugal, allowing you to see the beauty of the region from the most natural of angles.

There is a long history in Central Portugal. You can explore Roman ruins, Moorish Castles, Peninsula battlefields, Romanesque churches and ancient Celtic standing stones from self catering accommodation in Central Portugal.

Much of the joy of taking a holiday rental home in Central Portugal is the warm welcome you receive from the locals. The undiluted culture of Central Portugal means that you are welcomed into your self catering Central Portugal accommodation with open arms, and often a bottle of local wine, which is quite simply delicious.

Places to visit on holiday in Central Portugal

The town of Avo lies in the heart of Central Portugal. Property here is built in the traditional way with white washed walls topped by terracotta tiles, giving the town a wonderfully picturesque image. Located in the valley of the Alva River, Avo is a wonderfully relaxed place to stay, with excellent rambling opportunities.

The skyline of Penela is dominated by the walls of the dominant Moorish castle around which the town stands. Taking a Central Portugal property in Penela will give you a great sense of the history of Central Portugal, and there are magnificent shops, markets (Wednesday) and sporting facilities here. You can enjoy swimming, tennis, motocross, parasailing, fishing, horse riding and walking from a Central Portugal property in Penela, as well as relax on a river beach when the temperatures rise.

Weather in Central Portugal

Central Portugal benefits from long, hot summer in which temperatures average 24?C from May until September, and daily temperatures can soar into the high 30’s. In the winter, rain is not uncommon, and temperatures average only about 4?C in the coldest month, meaning that if you are going to take self catering accommodation in Central Portugal during the winter, pack a jacket!

Flights to Central Portugal

The main airport which serves Central Portugal is the Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport (OPO) in Porto. However, there are only a few flights from the UK direct to Porto, provided by TAP Portugal. Lisbon is only an hour from Central Portugal, and receives many daily flights form the UK.

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Holiday Rentals in Central Portugal - Silver Coast (300+)

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    • 3 BR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    Apartment #409751
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      Excellent! 4.5/5
      (15 reviews)
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      • 3 BR
      • 1 BA
      • Sleeps 5
      House #3889033
      15
        • 2 BR
        • 2 BA
        • Separate Toilet
        • Sleeps 6
        House #8069344
        12
          • 5 BR
          • 4 BA
          • Separate Toilet
          • Sleeps 12
          Villa #8090994
          12
            Very Good! 4.1/5
            (9 reviews)
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            • 2 BR
            • 2 BA
            • Sleeps 5
            House #1943633
            9
              • 1 BR
              • 1 BA
              • Sleeps 4
              Villa #1893396
              8
                • 3 BR
                • 3 BA
                • Sleeps 8
                Villa #1812137
                4
                  • 3 BR
                  • 3 BA
                  • Sleeps 8
                  Villa #421726
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                    • 3 BR
                    • 2 BA
                    • Separate Toilet
                    • Sleeps 8
                    Villa #1919732
                    4
                      • 3 BR
                      • 3 BA
                      • Sleeps 8
                      Villa #1772759
                      3
                        Very Good! 4.1/5
                        (8 reviews)
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                        • 2 BR
                        • 1 BA
                        • Sleeps 4
                        House #1723019
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                          • 2 BR
                          • 2 BA
                          • Sleeps 5
                          Apartment #8017399
                          3
                            • 3 BR
                            • 2 BA
                            • Sleeps 8
                            House #1191797
                            7
                              • 3 BR
                              • 2 BA
                              • Sleeps 6
                              Condo #471750
                              10
                                • 4 BR
                                • 4 BA
                                • Sleeps 8
                                Villa #1823503
                                14
                                  • 2 BR
                                  • 1 BA
                                  • Sleeps 4
                                  House #8107469
                                  3
                                    • 2 BR
                                    • 3 BA
                                    • Sleeps 6
                                    Villa #1725712
                                    4
                                      Very Good! 4.1/5
                                      (8 reviews)
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                                      • 1 BR
                                      • 1 BA
                                      • Sleeps 4
                                      Apartment #1834956
                                      8
                                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                        (20 reviews)
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                                        • 1 BR
                                        • 1 BA
                                        • Sleeps 4
                                        Apartment #855833
                                        20
                                          • 1 BR
                                          • 1 BA
                                          • Sleeps 4
                                          Apartment #630790a
                                          16
                                            • 2 BR
                                            • 2 BA
                                            • Sleeps 4
                                            House #490555
                                            25
                                              Excellent! 4.7/5
                                              (9 reviews)
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                                              • 1 BR
                                              • 1 BA
                                              • Sleeps 5
                                              House #1796108
                                              9
                                                • 3 BR
                                                • 2 BA
                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                Apartment #8107593
                                                12
                                                  • 2 BR
                                                  • 1 BA
                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                  Apartment #8076662
                                                  6
                                                    • 3 BR
                                                    • 3 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 8
                                                    Villa #1735865
                                                    11
                                                      • 4 BR
                                                      • 4 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 12
                                                      House #1299414
                                                      14
                                                        • 3 BR
                                                        • 3 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 6
                                                        Villa #426822
                                                        15
                                                          Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                          (10 reviews)
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                                                          • 1 BR
                                                          • 2 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 2
                                                          House #1854409
                                                          10
                                                            • 5 BR
                                                            • 5 BA
                                                            • Separate Toilet
                                                            • Sleeps 12
                                                            Villa #6559285
                                                            16
                                                              • 5 BR
                                                              • 5 BA
                                                              • Separate Toilet
                                                              • Sleeps 12
                                                              Villa #8038429
                                                              14
                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                Multiple rentals Apartment #1644656
                                                                1 Review
                                                                  • 4 BR
                                                                  • 4 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 8
                                                                  #8028972
                                                                  1 Review
                                                                    • 5 BR
                                                                    • 5 BA
                                                                    • Separate Toilet
                                                                    • Sleeps 12
                                                                    Villa #806122
                                                                    32
                                                                      • 9 BR
                                                                      • 5 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 22
                                                                      Villa #1138877
                                                                      13
                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                        • 2 BA
                                                                        • Separate Toilet
                                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                                        Multiple rentals House #6506076
                                                                          • 3 BR
                                                                          • 2 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                                          Multiple rentals Apartment #1644656
                                                                          1 Review
                                                                            • 3 BR
                                                                            • 2 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 6
                                                                            Multiple rentals Apartment #6506076
                                                                              • 3 BR
                                                                              • 2 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 6
                                                                              Apartment #6506080
                                                                                Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                (28 reviews)
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                                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                                • 3 BA
                                                                                • Separate Toilet
                                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                                House #6332371
                                                                                28
                                                                                  • 4 BR
                                                                                  • 4 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 10
                                                                                  Multiple rentals Villa #471079
                                                                                  1 Review
                                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                                    • Separate Toilet
                                                                                    • Sleeps 7
                                                                                    Apartment #522433
                                                                                      Very Good! 4.1/5
                                                                                      (15 reviews)
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                                                                                      • 5 BR
                                                                                      • 3 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 10
                                                                                      Villa #409768
                                                                                      15
                                                                                        • 1 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                                                        Chateau / Country House #2396907
                                                                                        10
                                                                                          • 4 BR
                                                                                          • 3 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 8
                                                                                          Villa #51416
                                                                                          17
                                                                                            Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                                            (5 reviews)
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                                                                                            • 1 BR
                                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 2
                                                                                            House #6516239
                                                                                            5
                                                                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                              (13 reviews)
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                                                                                              • 3 BR
                                                                                              • 3 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 8
                                                                                              Villa #459756
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                                                                                              Recent Reviews

                                                                                              Perfect location for whole family

                                                                                              5 of 5
                                                                                              Well maintained property perfect for our 'all ages 'holiday - grandparents daughters and their families ages ranging 11- 75.good cooking facilities ,dishwasher and barbecue also dishwasher and washing machine which were in constant use.Lots of eating places at reasonable prices nearby.Pool was great after busy day at beach whist grandparents relaxed on the wonderful loungers before a game of table tennis in the basement .all in all had wonderful relaxing time in this still underdeveloped area.
                                                                                              • Review Submitted: 17-Nov-2016
                                                                                              • Date of Stay: Oct 2016

                                                                                              Great house in a great place.

                                                                                              5 of 5
                                                                                              My wife and I have just spent four weeks at Debbie's town house. We had a super holiday relaxing, walking and eating out. The house is set in a beautifully kept private development, which is gated, the only gated condominium on the resort. After reading previous reviews, the house fully lived up to all expectations - the furnishing and decoration were immaculate. I am glad to say the weather was perfect for the time of year (last 2 weeks of September, first 2 weeks of October). There was sunshine everyday for four weeks and the temperature was between 21 and 25 degrees. The owners had provided a lovely Welcome Pack, which after a late flight was much appreciated, as we arrived after midnight and also then for breakfast in the morning. It was the first time I've slept in a four poster bed and it was very comfortable. The sun area on the upper terrace outside the master bedroom was perfect for tanning purposes, and lunch time drinks and food. We didn't use any of the toys and games provided, although I did fancy trying the bodyboards out, until I was reminded of my age and state of health! Walks along the beach at Praia del Rey were a true delight. The internet was both a fast speed, reliable and easy to access. Dining out is a real pleasure in Praia del Rey and the surrounding area. The “Bible” (the book of recommendations supplied by Debbie) has numerous suggestions for where to eat and the places to visit. We can particularly recommend Gaucho's in Baleal, where they serve a superb “Steak on a Stone”. Obidos is a beautiful medieval town where the quaint cobbled streets are lined with bougainvillea. It was our favourite. We also loved Peniche which is a working fishing port with lots of fish restaurants to choose from, and Sao Martinho is a must to visit. A beautiful bay with a superb beach, and good restaurants. We went to The Shrine of Fatima, about an hour away to the North East, and I would recommend a visit, even for those of other and no religions. Be prepared for a shock. It is an eye opener. It was nothing like what we had imagined. All in all did we like the house and area? Definitely. Would we recommend it? Definitely. Will we be coming back. Definitely.
                                                                                              • Review Submitted: 15-Nov-2016
                                                                                              • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                              Good value, clean & comfy

                                                                                              4 of 5
                                                                                              Apartment is light & airy with comfy beds & most equipment needed- few more cleaning cloths and teaspoons would be good! With only one bathroom though for 4 adults needed organising! Outlook not brilliant but 10 minute walk to town & also to beach so quite convenient.
                                                                                              • Review Submitted: 15-Nov-2016
                                                                                              • Date of Stay: Nov 2016