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Praia das Macas, a traditional sea-side resort close to Sintra.

Situated on the west coast of Portugal, just north of Lisbon, Praia das Maçãs (which means 'Apple Beach') is part of the national park and only 12km from the exquisitely beautiful world heritage site of Sintra which boasts amongst its major attractions the Moorish castle, fascinating labyrinth grottos in the gardens of Regaleira Palace and the fairy-tale like Pena Palace.

The sandy beach is ideal for families, with lifeguards throughout the summer, rock-pools and beach-side restaurants as well as a children's playground. There are many other beaches within easy reach - a short walk along the cliff path takes you past Neolithic ruins to Praia Grande beach which is very popular with surfers.

For those who don't want to venture into the waves, the beach-side Lido has an Olympic-sized swimming pool with a water slide and children's pool, and next to it are tennis courts and a 5-a-side pitch. There is also a surf school, and bike rental and horse-riding are available.

A 100 year-old tram line runs from the beach up to Sintra, passing through Colares where they make wine, stopping at the new Living Science Centre, (great hands-on fun for children) up to the Sintra Art Deco modern art museum. This is a great way to see the area!

The village is small but has all the necessary shops: butchers, chemist, patisserie and a small covered morning market selling everything from fresh fish, vegetables, freshly grilled chicken to beachwear and toys. There is a disco in the summer but night-life is very much focused on the fine restaurants.

All the restaurants in the village are good, many specialising in seafood dishes. You can enjoy everything from lobster to pizza within a few minutes walk. Most meals are served with appetisers - including breads and local cheeses (and even barnacles). For regional specialities, two local sweet pastries stand out; the Queijadinha is a small soft-cheese based tart and the Travesseiro a sweet fruit filled pillow eaten warm. Also be sure to try a Pão com Chouriço (fresh bread roll baked in a clay oven with chouriço inside) in a tiny shop by the post office.

The village became a destination for families from Lisbon at the turn of the last century and has holiday apartments and villas for rent and a camp site on the outskirts but no large developments or big hotels so it is still nice and small and retains a very traditional sea-side feel.

It is easy to get into Lisbon, with frequent trains from Sintra, and so many things to see and do in the area there is everything you need here to enjoy a perfect family holiday!

Written by Susan Pearson – Owner of Property 88135 in Praia das Macas, Portugal

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    Good! 3.9/5
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    • 1 BA
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    Apartment #1901033
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      Very Good! 4.1/5
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      • 4 BA
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      Villa #12111
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        Villa #1845890
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            Villa #6485975
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              Cottage #83058
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                Cottage #15833
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                  Villa #88135
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                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                      Villa #6866860
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                        Villa #6494360
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                                                                              Huge amount of space

                                                                              4 of 5
                                                                              The villa really is big and generally well furnished the kitchen and living/dining room in particular. The air-conditioning in 3 bedrooms and the living room works well. The outside has a pool big enough to swim in and plenty of space. It was clean and generally well maintained. it's close to the small resort of Praia das Macras. The village has a few bars, restaurants and shops within a few minutes walk. The beach is good for surfing and there are buses and trams to Sintra. Overall I would really recommend the place. A couple of little things could be improved upon the WiFi is limited and the DVD player was a bit hit and miss, trivial things but prompted much moaning from the children. Take your own tea towels (same as any villa or gite don't know why).
                                                                              • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2016
                                                                              • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                              Amazing Family Villa

                                                                              5 of 5
                                                                              We had the most amazing holiday. The villa is spacious and has plenty indoor and outdoor space. There is a wonderful heated pool, two outdoor seating areas, and a great grilling station. It is only a 10 minute walk to the beach and municipal market so it is easy get fresh fish, fruit and veggies daily! Marilia, the property manager, is a great resource and very accessible. We loved our time there so much we stayed an extra three days!
                                                                              • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2016
                                                                              • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                              Lovely place

                                                                              4 of 5
                                                                              The house and grounds were great, we were two families with five children who had a great time in and out of the pool! As adults we enjoyed the nice touch of the table tennis downstairs and the great barbecue area which we used extensively! The owner was great and incredibly helpful and did everything to make us as welcome as possible as well as helping with our cab back to Lisbon airport. Only downside the nearby dogs that tun around and unfortunately make a lot of noise in the night time, nothing that the owners can do about this and did not ruin our stay at all, just something to be aware of if you are a light sleeper. It's also convenient for an easy walk to the nice beach and restaurants. Thanks very much to Antonio!
                                                                              • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2016
                                                                              • Date of Stay: Jul 2016