Caldas da Rainha

Beaches of Central Portugal

Silver Coast

Caldas da Rainha is a city and municipality located 92 km north of Lisbon. Caldas da Rainha, in the Centro Region (Beiras), is part of the district of Leiria.

Its territory, included in the Silver Coast, is also part of the province of Extremadura.

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Foz do Arelho Beach, in Caldas da Rainha, Silver Coast, Distrito de Leiria, Estremadura © Google Earth Pro

The municipality of Caldas da Rainha, 256 km², has a population of 50,917 inhabitants (INE 2021). In 2011 it had 51,729 inhabitants, thus having had a drop of 1.6% in the resident population.


The municipality of Caldas da Rainha is limited to the northeast with Alcobaça, to the east with Rio Maior, south with Cadaval, west with Bombarral and Obidos and northwest by the Atlantic Ocean.

Silver Coast

Located on the seafront of the Silver Coast, Caldas da Rainha is an important holiday destination in Região Centro, especially for lovers of beaches, a beautiful place for a getaway, a weekend or a successful vacation.

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Ceramics Museum in Caldas da Rainha, Distrito de Leiria, Estremadura © Google Earth Pro

City and spa

The city was founded and developed thanks to its hydro-thermal resources. Always associated with the name of Queen Da. Leonor, the wife of King D. João II of Portugal. Its sulfurous waters attracted wealthy families who came there for a cure. thermal. To this day, these hot springs are an attraction for visitors and residents of other districts of Portugal.

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Caldas da Rainha Center (detail), Silver Coast, Distrito de Leiria, Estremadura © Google Earth Pro

The faience (ceramics) of Caldas da Rainha

Caldas da Rainha was once the largest producer of faience (and ceramics) in Portugal. Even today, the city plays an important role in those linked to this heritage, such as the visual arts. One of most famous factories is Rafael Bordallo Pinheiro, a name that is part of this tradition. A visit to the Museum of Ceramics will be of great interest to lovers of these activities.

Embroidery from Caldas da Rainha

The handcrafted embroidery of Caldas da Rainha is known and highly appreciated. The reasons are characteristic and originally linen threads were used. The main stitches used are cock's foot, eyelets and buttonholes. A great gift idea to bring from Caldas da Rainha. See image below.

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Typical earthenware from Caldas da Rainha, Leiria District, Estremadura © internet illustration

Land of Gastronomy

The cuisine and gastronomy in Caldas da Rainha also attract the attention of tourists and lovers of good table, with special emphasis on sweets and desserts. Find out more: Gastronomy in Caldas da Rainha.

Parishes of Caldas da Rainha

The municipality (municipality) has 12 parishes; see the parishes of Caldas da Rainha.

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Typical embroideries from Caldas da Rainha (detail/detail), Leiria District, Estremadura © internet illustration

Escape to Lisbon and Surroundings

Keep browsing our suggestions to discover Lisbon and surroundings. When in Caldas da Rainha, many visitors also take advantage of their stay to get to know the destinations: