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Caldas da Rainha

The foundation of this locality is deeply connected with Queen D. Leonor, the wife of King João II, who, in the 15th century, ordered the construction of equipments to help patients enjoying the benefits of those thermal waters. 
Caldas da Rainha is one of the most important spas in Portugal which, throughout the times, have been demanded by the majority of Portuguese Kings with the purpose of making their annual cure.

Hospital Termal Rainha D. Leonor

The legend says that, one day in 1484, the Queen Leonor found a group of peasants bathing in foul-smelling waters by the roadside. She stopped to inquire about this oddity and was told that the waters possessed curative powers. She decided to try them for herself. She was pleased to find that she was quickly relieved of some affliction she had been suffering. On that site, the queen ordered a thermal hospital built so that others may enjoy the relief that she felt.

Gastronomy

  • Trouxas de ovos
  • Cavacas
  • Lampreia de ovos
  • Beijinhos (kisses)

Handicraft

Ceramic pottery
Utilitarian housewares, such as plates, bowls, platters, mugs, and tureens; and purely decorative items, such as caricature figurines and ceramic phalluses of various sizes. One of the most popular decorative figures is Zé Povinho, a bearded peasant everyman character created by Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro. A symbol of Portugal and the Portuguese people, Zé Povinho appears in many jocular, defiant poses.

Embroideries of Caldas da Rainha
The designs used are spirals, spiders and hearts, while the colours are blue, brown, the colour of honey or cinnamon.

Places to visit

Casa Museu de São Rafael
Address: Rua Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro 53, Caldas da Rainha, 2500-246 CALDAS DA RAINHA
Closed days: Saturdays, Sundays
Visit hours: From Mondays until Fridays, from 10:00 until 12:00 and from 14:30 until 16:30.

It is a museum which is installed in the former atelier of the artist and gathers some of this works of art. The display is made up, most of all, by ceramics produced throughout time in the Fábrica Bordalo Pinheiro.

Casa museu Salvador Barata Feyo
Adress: Rua Dr. Ilídio Amado 2500-217 Caldas da Rainha
Tel: 262 840 540

The museum displays some pieces of the Portuguese sculptor Salvador Barata Feyo.

Museu Atelier António Duarte
Address: Rua Doutor Ilídio Amado, Caldas da Rainha, 2500-217 CALDAS DA RAINHA
Tel.: +351 262824821
Open hours:
Winter:
Monday to Friday: 10:00 - 18:00;
Saturday and Sunday: 09:00 - 13:00 e 14:00 - 17:30.
Summer:
Monday to Friday: 10:00 - 18:00;
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 - 13:00 e 15:00 - 19:00.
Closing days: Tuesdays

Inaugurated in 1985, it displays more than a thousand pieces of the sculptor António Duarte.

Museu Atelier João Fragoso

Address: Av. Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro, 2500-000 Caldas da Rainha
Tel.: +351 262824821

The João Fragoso (1913-2000) Atelier and Museum was inaugurated in 1994, this museum was created with the intention to house a significant part of this great sculptor's work and at the same time to create a workshop for himself and other invited artists.

Museu de Cerâmica

Address: Quinta do Visconde de Sacavém, Rua Dr. Ilídio Amado, 2504-910 Caldas da Rainha.
Tel.: +351 262 840 280
Open Hours: 10h00 - 12h30 and 14h00 - 17h00 
Closing Days: Monday and holidays

Officially created in 1983, begun as a small group of pieces acquired by the Portuguese state, together with pieces from the collection of the Viscount of Sacavém, the museum’s exhibits now include examples of the ceramic pieces produced in Caldas da Rainha, as well as pieces from other Portuguese and foreign production centres. 


Museu José Malhoa
Address: Parque D. Carlos I, 2500-109 Caldas da Rainha
Tel.: +351 262 831 984
Open Hours: 10h00-12h30 / 14h00-17h00 (Tuesday to Sunday) 
Closing days: Monday, 1 January, Easter, 1 May and 25 December

The museum’s collection consists of an important group of pieces representative of Portuguese naturalism centred on the work of Malhoa himself and including the Portrait of Laura Sauvinet, Shouting to the Flock, Vines in autumn, Clouds, Latest News, spring, Conversation with the Neighbour and The Promises. The Grupo do Leão – the circle of painters to which Malhoa belonged with Silva Porto, Columbano, António Ramalho, João Vaz, Henrique Pinto and Moura Girão – is also represented in the museum’s collection, as well as other contemporary artists, such as Marques de Oliveira.

Museu do Ciclismo
Address: Rua de Camões nº 57, 2500-109 Caldas da Rainha
Tel.: +351 262 83 97 00

The museum was inaugurated on 14 December 1999 and includes pieces on the history of cycling in Portugal.  Are exposed the documentation about the first five competitions of the “Volta a Portugal” (a long distance road bicycle race for professionals held in Portugal) and contemporary personalities of cycling.

Museu do Hospital e das Caldas

Address: Rua Rodrigo Berquó, Caldas da Rainha, 2500-249 CALDAS DA RAINHA
Tel.: 262830300
Open Hours: 10:00 - 12:00 and 14:00 - 17:00.
Closing days: Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays

During 20th century and after having played various roles, it was returned to the Hospital Centre. It underwent a new recovery in 1992, of which the installation of the Museum of the Hospital and Caldas was a result.
This museum exposes some pieces of the history, daily life and evolution of treatment techniques in this institution.

Ermida de São Sebastião
Address: Adjacent to Praça da República (Praça da Fruta)

The Ermida de São Sebastião is a 16th century chapel and stands out for beautiful panels of painted tiles lining the inside. It was classified as an Imóvel de Interesse Público (building of public interest) by Instituto Português do Património Arquitectónico (IPPAR) in 1984.

Igreja Nossa Senhora do Pópulo
Address:  Largo da Copa, 2500 Caldas da Rainha
Tel.: +351 262 832 029

Dating back to the end of the 15th century, the Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Pópulo was the chapel of the spa hospital founded by the queen Dona Leonor. 
Architecturally, it belongs to the early Manueline cycle, its bell-tower being most imposing because of its beauty and grandeur. The single-nave interior contains some admirable decorative tiles and displays evident Manueline features on its beautiful vaulted ceiling. The triumphal arch is worthy of note and is decorated with the royal coat of arms and a triptych originating from the school of Lisbon, which flourished in the 16th century.

Igreja Nossa Senhora da Conceição

Address: Praça 25 de Abril, 2500 Caldas da Rainha
It was built on 20th century. Currently plays the role of the parish church.

Restaurants

A Lareira
Address: Rua da Lareira 35 Alto do Nobre, Estrada da Foz, 2500-593 Nadadouro
Tel.: +351 262 823 432
Open hours: 12:00 – 15:00 y 19:00 – 22:30
Closing days: Tuesday

Specialties:

Fish: Sopa de Peixe à Pescador; Massinha de Garoupa com frutos do mar; Lombo de Garoupa gratinado à Lareira; Arroz de Lampreia; Cataplana de Peixe; Ensopado de Enguias; Robalo Assado.

Meat: Chateaubriand com Espargos; Cabrito assado no forno; Perdiz à Beirão; Arroz de Pato Escondido; Carré de javali com molho zimbro e moscatel; Espetada de perú com ananás; ensopado de borrego à Antiga; Lombo de pata negra com molho mexicano.

Desserts: Tarte de Frutos Secos; Bolo de Mandioca; Baba de Moça; Soufflé frio de trouxas das Caldas com mel sobre uva calda.

This Restaurant is located between Caldas da Rainha and Foz do Arelho, and has three dining rooms. it offers a varied menu and quality service. The dishes are inspired by the traditional Portuguese cuisine, with the sophisticated touch of international cuisine.

Adega do Albertino
Address : Rua Júlio de Sousa 7, Imaginário, 2500-312 CALDAS DA RAINHA
Tel.: +351 262 835 152
Closing days: Sunday evening and Monday

Specialties:

Appetizers: Chouriço serrano; Alheira frita de Sendim; Salada de polvo; Moelas; Requeijão.

Fish: Ensopado de enguias; Bacalhau à Lagareiro; Arroz de cherne com camarão; Caldeirada de lulas; Arroz do mar; Bacalhau à Adega; Espetada de lulas com camarão.

Meat: Costeletas de borrego no churrasco; Bifinhos de Réco à Adega; Tornedó grelhado; Posta à Adega; Entrecosto com vinho, mel e amêndoas; Caldeirada de borrego; Carne de porco à portuguesa; Arroz de pato; Cozido à Portuguesa; Galo assado no forno.

Desserts: Trouxas de ovos escondidas; Encharcadinha com whisky; Pêra borrachona com trouxa; Doce de café; Qualquer coisa não sei bem o quê

House of good traditional food, a space to match, and with an attentive and friendly service. Participant in the 7th Gastronomic Competition of Caldas da Rainha and Obidos, with the dish 'Naco à Adega'.

Monte Horeb
Address: Rua da Paz 65 Nadadouro, 2500-565 NADADOURO
Tel.: +351 262 978 000
Open hours: 12:00 – 15:00 e 19:00 – 23:00
Closing days: Monday and January

Specialties: Kebab, Caril, Xacuti, Sarapatel, Pato, Galinha e Cabra; Bojes; Papari recheado de camarão; caril de Peixe; com arroz basmati, Crepes de Bacalhau com misto de batatas; Coelho à Velha Goesa. Dessert: bebinca.  

Situated at Foz do Arelho, this Indian restaurant for Goan influence, is located on a farm in Nadadouro on a hillside overlooking the Lagoa de Óbidos (Óbidos Lagoon). The decor is carefully and refined, welcome by his warm colors. The room is decorated with portraits of Eça de Queirós, Ramalho Ortigão Camilo Castelo Branco, among others.

O Cortiço

Address: Estrada Nacional 89, Tornada, 2500 CALDAS DA RAINHA
Tel.: +351 262 881 328
Closing time: 22:00
Specialties:
Fish: Mariscada; Ovas de pescada cozidas; Caldeirada à pescador; Bacalhau à Cortiço.

Meat: Vitela enrolada; Pato no forno com laranja; Javali no churrasco; Cabrito no forno.

Dessert: trouxas-de-ovos.

O Cortiço is a long established large friendly restaurant on the main road out of Caldas da Rainha towards Alcobaca. The extensive menu features lots of well known Portuguese dishes that never disappoint. The staff are efficient and helpful and a lot of them speak English. The name 'O 'Cortiço' means 'The Honeycombe', which is a good description of the laberinth of rooms that make up this spaceous restaurant. As the place fills up another room is opened so there is always a table available but it never feels as though the place is empty. Genius!


Buddha Eden Garden – Garden of piece

The Buddha Eden Garden is an area of about 35 hectares designed and conceived by José Berardo in response to the destruction of the Giant Bamyan Buddhas, sculpted in the rocks of the valley of Bamyan in central Afghanistan and which had for centuries been a cultural and spiritual reference.
Berardo was profoundly shocked by the attitude of the Taliban Government, which intentionally destroyed these unique monuments of World Heritage, considered acts of cultural barbarism which attempted to erase from memory the art of the late Gandhara period.
In 2001, in response to this loss he initiated another of his dreams, the creation of an extensive oriental garden in honor of those colossal Buddhas.
Adress: Buddha Eden - Quinta dos Loridos
Carvalhal
2540-480 Bombarral
Portugal

Free Entry
Open Hours: 09:30 - 19:00
Tel.: +351 262 605 240

www.buddhaeden.com