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Caldas da Rainha

Country:
Portugal
State:
Leiria
City:
Caldas da Rainha
Type of Location:
Multiple
About Location

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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

Airports nearest to Caldas da Rainha are sorted by the distance to the airport from the city centre.

Ota Airport (distanced approximately 37 km)
Santa Cruz Airport (distanced approximately 38 km)
Lisbon TP Airport (distanced approximately 44 km)
Leiria Airport (distanced approximately 51 km)
Monte Real Airport (distanced approximately 52 km)

By Train

Caldas da Rainha has a train station served by the Linha do Oeste (western line) of Comboios de Portugal.Regional trains which make frequent local stops run south to Lisbon and north to Figueira da Foz.Most regional trips reach only the suburbs of Lisbon where passengers can transfer to a commuter train to reach the capital.Interregional trains which make select stops run south to Lisbon and north to Figueira da Foz (a few times daily) or Coimbra (once daily).Other train stops in the municipality are Campo-Serra, Bouro and Salir do Porto.As part of the deal to help Portugal overcome its debt burden, the government announced that it will discontinue passenger service on the Linha do Oeste north of Caldas da Rainha by the end of 2011.

By Bus

Caldas da Rainha has a bus station (terminal rodoviario) located in the city center.Rede Nacional de Expressos provides express bus service to various destinations in the country.Rodoviaria do Tejo provides rapid and interurban services to destinations in its service area (cities and towns surrounding Caldas da Rainha, Leiria, Santarem and Torres Novas) as well as to Lisbon.Rocaldas-Empresa de transportes Auto-Penafiel, Lda.services outlying, suburban and rural areas near the city.Their buses do not use the bus station.

By Road

Caldas da Rainha is served by an extensive network of roads.Two motorways (auto-estradas) both operated by Auto-Estradas do Atlantico serve the municipality.The A8 (also known as Auto-estrada do Oeste and as IC1) goes south to Lisbon, Loures, Torres Vedras and Bombarral and north to Leiria, Marinha Grande, Alcobaca and Nazare.The A15 goes west to Santarem via Rio Maior.IP 6 is a main route (itinerario principal) connecting to Peniche, Santarem, Castelo Branco and Spain.

Key places to visit
Chapel of St. Sebastian, Ceramics Museum, Jose Malhoa Museum, Park D. Charles I, Forest Queen Leonor

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Places to Visit

Chapel of St. Sebastian

The Chapel of St. Sebastian is located adjacent to Republic Square (Praca da Fruta), in the parish of Santo Onofre, city and municipality of Caldas da Rainha, District of Leiria, in Portugal.It was built in the sixteenth century, especially the magnificent panels of tile eighteenth century that the lining inside.It is classified as a Public Interest by the Portuguese Institute of Architectural Heritage (IPPAR) in 1984.

Ceramics Museum

The ceramics museum, located in Quinta Visconde de Sacavem, in the city of Caldas da Rainha, Portugal, is a ceramics museum.It shows a permanent exhibition in its 19th century, romantic style, manor house surrounded by gardens, that consists of ceramics of different ages and styles.The Quinta, or Estate, was built in the 1890s by the 2nd Visconde de Sacavem, Jose Joaquim Pinto da Silva, a collector, ceramicist and important patron of ceramicists in Caldas da Rainha.A workshop, the Atelier Ceramico was set up on the Estate by the Visconde de Sacavem and operated between 1892 and 1896, under the direction of the Austrian sculptor Jose Fuller.The museum's various collections are representative of ceramic production in Caldas da Rainha as well as other centres in Portugal and abroad.They include examples of what is known as the "archaic" Caldas ceramics from the 17th and 18th century and the first half of the 20th century.

Jose Malhoa Museum

The Jose Malhoa Museum in Caldas da Rainha, is a regional Portuguese museum, that hosts the finest collection of the Portuguese naturalist painter Jose Malhoa.The museum building, the first purpose-built museum in Portugal, was constructed in 1940 and enlarged in 1950 and 1957.The museum is located in the middle of the Parque D. Carlos I in the city center.The museum's collection includes paintings, sculptures, medals, drawings and ceramics from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Park D. Charles I

Park D. Charles I is a large park in the center of town.The Jose Malhoa Museum sits in the middle of the park.The park contains a doughnut-shaped pond with a small island in the center.Visitors can rent rowboats on the pond.The concept of a thermal hospital park dates back to a wooded area, attached to the "House of Convalescence" erected in the reign of John V of Portugal, part of the Forest Queen Leonor, where patients could walk and convalesce.Until the time of the Marquis de Pombal area of the current park consisted of land came and olive trees.

Forest Queen Leonor

The Forest Queen Leonor is located in the city of Caldas da Rainha, in the district of Leiria, in Portugal.Planted at the time of Eleanor of Avis, Queen of Portugal to protect the springs of thermal water that supply the Hospital Termal Rainha D. Leonor, was remodeled in the nineteenth century.Currently 17 acres, abuts the park D. Charles I and is characterized by its beauty and biodiversity.Its leafy trees - on which stand the pine, oak, sycamore and acacia - surrounding the sports complex and picnic sites.In the forest you can hike a trail marked and appropriate equipment for various exercises fitness.

Right Time to Visit

November - February
May - August

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