Sao Martinho do Porto is still a well-kept secret for many foreigners, but for those who are familiar with this beautiful village, its charms are well known...
"I've travelled a lot in Portugal and abroad, but I don't know anything more beautiful than Sao Martinho do Porto". This famous quote is from the last king of Portugal, D. Carlos I, who spent holidays in Solar das Palmeiras, one of the village's most iconic buildings and a symbol of this beautiful land's history.
From the belle epoque aristocracy to the humblest sixteenth-century shipbuilders, São Martinho de Porto has captivated centuries of Portuguese who have found in its shell-shaped bay one of the simplest forms of love and a place to call home.
This ancient fishing village has a special place in the memories of the local community, who speak proudly not just of the past but of everything that has kept this land unique. From the hiking trails that lead to the lighthouse where the sunset is breathtaking, or the cobbled streets of the upper part of the village that guide us from the church to a beautiful lookout point next to the town elevator... Each nook and cranny is a mixture of history and charm and will win your heart time and time again.
On the beach, we have the pier on the north side, with its famous tunnel that allows us to cross over to the other side of the bay. Here, prepare yourself for a humbling perspective of the vastness of the Atlantic. On the other south shore of the bay, we have Salir do Porto with its beautiful wooden walkways and giant sand dunes, which delights both kids and those who are young at heart. The climb to the top is challenging, but it's worth every breath for the magnificent panoramic view that awaits us. And we can always roll back down to the beach and take a dip at the end!
The dives in the bay are also unique! The calm waters are perfect for anyone who appreciates the simplicity of nature: the scent of saltwater, a beautiful landscape, and the sound of seagulls flying high and low. If you prefer to awaken your senses with a bit more action, Sao Martinho do Porto bay has lots to chose from as it is ideal for nautical sports.
If you're guessing that the village is only vibrant in the summer, think again! The community sparks with energy throughout the seasons, with plenty of events, restaurants and local businesses open all year round! And more than that: the local community has that typical Portuguese hospitality that will make you feel at home from the first warm "olá".
This land is far from having the strategic significance of the past when the caravels built here would take the Portuguese navigators to the four corners of the world. And long gone are the days when it was only for the aristocracy to enjoy, a tradition that led the locals to humorously call the bay the "bidet of the marchioness". Today, Sao Martinho do Porto may still be one of the best-kept secrets in Europe, but it's accessible to anyone wishing to enjoy all the benefits of Portugal's beautiful Silver Coast. The cost of living, in general, is quite affordable as well as average property costs in comparison to other coastal areas in Portugal or Western Europe. Sao Martinho do Porto also offers a wide range of new build properties near the beach and many with spectacular sea views.
If you would like to know about the privilege of living in this fantastic Portuguese beachfront village, contact us for more information. We have several apartments and houses for sale in Sao Martinho do Porto as well as other properties for sale in the Silver Coast of Portugal that will allow you to create a fantastic lifestyle for the entire family! From the fishing village of Nazare to the beautiful beaches of Pataias, the Silver Coast is the perfect place to explore the real Portugal.
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