Caldas da Rainha

Offering a mix of tradition and a modern city vibe, Caldas da Rainha is a wonderful place to live! The town has everything you will need for your daily life and the traditional villages and beautiful beaches nearby are perfect for enjoying the outdoors all year round... 

Caldas da Rainha is one of the best-known towns of Portugal's Silver Coast, widely famous for its traditions linked to ceramics and well-being.

Its history dates back to 1484, when Portuguese queen D. Leonor came in contact with the town's thermal springs and later built Europe's first thermal hospital. The town of Caldas da Rainha (which in Portuguese means "waters of the queen") grew around the hospital, with Queen D. Leonor still very much present in various aspects of the town's history and culture.

During the 19th century, Caldas da Rainha experienced its greatest splendour, with the popularity of its thermal treatments highly sought-after by the upper classes. At the same time, the abundance of clay in the region encouraged several ceramics factories, which transformed the town into one of the main ceramic production centres in Portugal, particularly with the creations of the ceramic artist Rafael Bordallo Pinheiro.

In recent years, "louça das Caldas" (Caldas pottery) has become increasingly popular, and you can find Bordallo's signature swallows and cabbage-inspired kitchenware all around town!

Today, Caldas da Rainha thrives on this mix of much-loved traditions from the past and vibrant energy that pulses through various aspects of the city's everyday life.

From the colours of its Praça da Fruta, to the energy of its shops and restaurants, or the joy of its many events and cultural activities. Not to mention its fabulous beaches and surrounding rural villages!

Discover Caldas da Rainha

  • Traditional ceramic style of Caldas da Rainha
  • Adega do Albertino traditional Portuguese restaurant Caldas da Rainha
  • Central park in Caldas da Rainha
  • Church and town square city hall Caldas da Rainha
  • Ducks in park Caldas da Rainha Portugal
  • Foz do Arelho beach northern shore Caldas da Rainha
  • Park in Caldas da Rainha
  • Foz do Arelho beach
  • Park in Caldas da Rainha
  • Parque D Carlos streefront in Caldas da Rainha
  • Traditional fruit market Calda da Rainha
  • Praca da fruta daily market Caldas da Rainha
  • Thermal Hospital Caldas da Rainha

What's nearby?

Park D. Carlos I in Caldas da Rainha

Popular Tourist Spots

  • Park D. Carlos I 
  • José Malhoa Museum
  • Wooden walkways of Foz do Arelho
  • Obidos Lagoon
  • Obidos Castle
Foz do Arelho Beach in Caldas da Rainha


  • Foz do Arelho
  • Rei Cortiço
  • São Martinho do Porto
  • Salir do Porto
  • Nazaré
Rua das Montras in Caldas da Rainha


  • Rua das Montras (main shopping street)
  • Câmara Municipal Caldas da Rainha
  • Public Hospital - Centro Hospitalar do Oeste
  • Private Hospital - Montepio
  • A8 Motorway

Praça da Fruta - Portugal's most famous outdoor farmers' market

One of the favourite things for Caldas da Rainha residents to do is to go to the "Praça da Fruta"! This farmers' market is located in the centre of the town and is filled with several outdoor stalls offering everything from fruit, vegetables, cheese, bread, dried fruits, amongst other local products.
Walking around the stalls and choosing high-quality fresh ingredients is an opportunity to experience the genuine Portuguese lifestyle, as well as a healthy and affordable way of stocking your pantry and table with the freshest produce available!
In the "praça" there is also a coffee kiosk where you can enjoy a "café" and maybe have a "pastel de nata" at the end of your shopping.
This farmers market is one of the best known in Portugal and the only open-air farmer's market that is open every day of the week!

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