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It is quite rare for us to return to the same place more than twice, even if it was great.....however, we have found the exception...Appartment X!
This holiday Appartment just an easy hour's drive from Lisbon airport, on an almost empty motorway, is our epitome of a holiday accommodation. It has everything you need plus more! Spacious comfortable rooms, each with their own air con (extremely efficient so no need to leave on when you go out, unlike many other apartments we've stayed in) luxurious marble bathrooms and a full modern kitchen.
With a farmers market (amazing fresh fruit, veg and fish caught that morning!) literally a 3 minute walk away, plus a local supermarket within a 5 minute walk, we loved eating in, on the lovely balcony.
We made a lot of use of the swimming pool, which we loved for the privacy and the fact that for many periods, we found we had it to ourselves that's the sheer beauty of this private retreat, so quiet and peaceful.
Although not "sleepy", Sao Martinho do Porto is definitely a world away from the overly busy, tourist-filled, noisy bars of further south. The Silver coast is definitely still, an unspoilt beautiful Portuguese holiday destination, for the more discerning visitor.
Plenty to do, from lush coastal golf courses, to medieval villages, amazing fish markets, fantastic restaurants at very reasonable prices, amazing sandy beaches which were not all crammed with tourists and beautiful forest walks.
We had a car and made the most of visiting many areas local to the Appartment. We especially enjoyed driving inland and up in the forests abundant with Eucolyptus trees. Drive with your windows open to breathe in the amazing aromas on the breeze!
We discovered a salt mine which still mines in the traditional way, by hand. Although a bit touristy in height of summer, with little stalls to buy holiday pottery etc, was still worth a visit and we did come away with a couple of the more unusual gifts of salt flowers! Obidos, the medieval village, we visited twice because we simply loved it, especially at night! We also visited Lisbon for a day out with its old town, hustle and bustle of an amazing city. We were however, so thankful we had our lovely, quiet retreat to return to and thoroughly enjoyed the silent contrast!
As I mentioned at the start of this review, it's rare for us to return to the same accommodation.....this was our third stay and we are already booked for our fourth!
Beautiful & relaxing!