This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Caldas da Rainha. To help you make friends with Caldas da Rainha before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Caldas da Rainha, Portugal, is a city with a population of roughly fifty-two thousand people in Portugal. It is located around ninety kilometres north of Lisbon, the capital of the country. In Lisbon is the nearest airport if you arrive by plane. Alternatively, check out the flights to Porto. Many low coast airlines offer frequent flights to this city in the north of Portugal all year round. However, it is further away -- around two hundred thirty kilometres from Caldas da Rainha. You can take regular train and bus services to get to Caldas da Reina. The city belongs to the district of Leira in the province of Estremadura, which covers the coastal area in the west of Portugal including Lisbon. Caldas da Rainha is around ten kilometres from the coastline, though.
Especially in summer, a trip to the coast and the nearby beaches are a must. The beach Praia da Foz do Arelho is just nearby. The sandbank and the Atlantic Ocean give you that classic beach feeling -- you can go for a swim and enjoy the sun and get a tan. Besides the nearby beautiful coastline, the city offers some worth-seeing architecture such as Church of Our Lady of the Populace, which is a beautiful building from the sixteenth century. The comparatively small church was built in a late Gothic style and was declared a national monument more than a century ago. Ermida de São Sebastião is another worth-seeing building in town. The baroque chapel was built in the sixteenth century. Do not miss the central square Praça da República, including the daily outdoor famers market.
The city offers numerous hotels and guesthouses; most places are rather small and cosy. In fact, traditional Caldas da Rainha, Portugal hostels are not common, but the prices for any sort of accommodation in the city are decent. If you prefer cheaper hostels, you've got to be flexible -- check out Óbidos and Alfeizeirão. Those towns are nearby and you can choose from some hostels there.
Written by local enthusiast for Caldas da Rainha hostelsFlo