Nazaré Woods

There are some nice walks in the woods around Nazaré here are directions for one of the walks.

GPS:   39.618879,   -9.057044

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39°37’08.0″N    9°03’25.4″W

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Coming from São Martinho do Porto head towards Famalicão and Nazaré along the N242.

As you approach Nazaré you will drive over the bridge and then come to a roundabout, take the second exit along the bypass heading towards Sítio and Marinha Grande.

At the next roundabout take the second exit.

At the next roundabout take the second exit.

At the next roundabout take the first exit still sign posted to Marinha Grande.

You will then see a camp site called Vale Paraiso on the left, there is an area with some space where you can turn off the road and park up opposite the campsite on the right.

We will then walk down the track there into the woods.

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Salgado Beach

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Salgado beach is between São Martinho do Porto and Nazaré.

GPS  39° 32′ 49.2″ N  9° 06′ 38.0″ W   (39.547000, -9.110548)

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From São Martinho do Porto:
There are a couple of ways to Salgado Beach from São Martinho do Porto.
1) Coming from São Martinho do Porto drive along the N242 towards Famalicão and Nazaré. After the roundabout on the N242 near Intermarché take the second left of the N242 signposted to Salgado. At the T junction at the end of this road you will see the Parque de Campismo Colina do Sol, turn right at this T junction onto Rua Vasco da Gama. Stay on this road driving through Serra de Mangues and Venda Nova. You will then come to a crossroad junction in Serra da Pescaria, turn left at this crossroad, signposted to Salgado. Follow the road all the way down to the beach. As you enter Salgado you will follow the road around the one way system until you enter the car park for the beach.
2) Coming from São Martinho do Porto (roundabout near Intermarché on the N242) drive along the N242 to Famalicão and Nazaré. As you drive through  Famalicão about half way through the village you will see a sign for Salgado on your left. Take this left turning onto Rua da Igreja. Take the left fork in the road past the church on your right. Continue along this road which then becomes Estrada Serra da Pescaria. Continue along this road up hill, you will then come to Serra da Pescaria, stay on this road which then goes downhill towards Salgado. As you enter Salgado you will follow the road around the one way system into a car park. We will meet in this car park.
From Nazaré:
Coming from Nazaré drive along the N242 through Quinta Nova to Famalicão. As you drive through  Famalicão about half way through the village you will see a sign for Salgado on your right. Take this right turning onto Rua da Igreja. Take the left fork in the road past the church on your right. Continue along this road which then becomes Estrada Serra da Pescaria. Continue along this road up hill, you will then come to Serra da Pescaria, stay on this road which then goes downhill towards Salgado. As you enter Salgado you will follow the road around the one way system into a car park. We will meet in this car park.
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Foz do Arelho

GPS:      39°25’57.5″N      9°13’39.5″W

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Coming from São Martinho do Porto/Salir do Porto area:

Drive along the Estrada Atlântica towards Foz do Arelho.

At the roundabout at the top of Foz do Arelho (Greenhill Disco) take the second exit onto the Rua Visc. Morais, stay on this road as you drive down towards the beach, going around what resembles a roundabout.

As you get to the bottom of the downhill descent, take the first right turn into Av. do Mar.

Drive along this road until you see the cafes on your right, park up somewhere in this area, we will meet there and walk across to the beach.

 

Coming from Caldas da Rainha area:

Drive along the Variante Atlântica towards Foz do Arelho. ( exit Caldas da Rainha by driving past Continente, Expo Oeste and Aki.

At the roundabout at the top of Foz do Arelho (Greenhill Disco) take the third exit onto the Rua Visc. Morais, stay on this road as you drive down towards the beach, going around what resembles a roundabout.

As you get to the bottom of the downhill descent, take the first right turn into Av. do Mar.

Drive along this road until you see the cafes on your right, park up somewhere in this area, we will meet there and walk across to the beach.

 

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Hunting Season in Portugal is upon us again.

Hunting season in Portugal has started today 17th August 2014 and runs through to the end of February 2015.

Even though we have some gorgeous places to walk in the countryside along the Silver Coast, on Thursday’s, Sunday’s and Bank Holiday’s you are now sharing your dog walks with hunters.

There are areas where hunting is not allowed (see below for signs to look out for) and on these days it would be advisable to use those areas or in a few weeks time you will be able to walk your dog on the beaches again.

Reasons to avoid hunting areas when walking your dog:

Hunters may mistake your dog for game, the last thing you want is your dog being shot. I do know of someone who unfortunately lost their dog after being shot by a hunter.

Stray bullets can travel further than you think, why put yourself or your dog in the position where you may become injured from a stray bullet.

Your dog may be attracted to any shot game that has not already been picked up.

You do not want yourself or your dog to become an interference with the hunting.

Would you be able to keep total control of your dog if you suddenly had several hunters and their dogs coming towards you?

What to do if you find yourself in a hunting area:

Make a noise, make your presence known.

Put your dog on their lead to keep them under control and safe.

Wear bright colours when walking or carry a high visibility vest for yourself and a high visibility coat for your dog and put them on when necessary.

Stay on the main tracks do not venture off into the trees etc.

Walk quickly but calmly out of the area.

How do you know if the area allows hunting or not?

There are many different types of signs for hunting.

The three main ones we see around this area are as follows:

Municipal hunting designated area.

Hunting allowed only with land owners consent.

Hunting is prohibited.

For more information on the different types of hunting signs

http://www.icnf.pt/portal/caca/oc/sinaliz-venat

 

 

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Hunting Season in Portugal is upon us again.

Hunting season in Portugal has started today 17th August 2014 and runs through to the end of February 2015.

Even though we have some gorgeous places to walk in the countryside along the Silver Coast, on Thursday’s, Sunday’s and Bank Holiday’s you are now sharing your dog walks with hunters.

There are areas where hunting is not allowed (see below for signs to look out for) and on these days it would be advisable to use those areas or in a few weeks time you will be able to walk your dog on the beaches again.

 

Reasons to avoid hunting areas when walking your dog:

Hunters may mistake your dog for game, the last thing you want is your dog being shot. I do know of someone who unfortunately lost their dog after being shot by a hunter.

Stray bullets can travel further than you think, why put yourself or your dog in the position where you may become injured from a stray bullet.

Your dog may be attracted to any shot game that has not already been picked up.

You do not want yourself or your dog to become an interference with the hunting.

Would you be able to keep total control of your dog if you suddenly had several hunters and their dogs coming towards you?

 

What to do if you find yourself in a hunting area:

Make a noise, make your presence known.

Put your dog on their lead to keep them under control and safe.

Wear bright colours when walking or carry a high visibility vest for yourself and a high visibility coat for your dog and put them on when necessary.

Stay on the main tracks do not venture off into the trees etc.

Walk quickly but calmly out of the area.

 

How do you know if the area allows hunting or not?

There are many different types of signs for hunting.

The three main ones we see around this area are as follows:

signMunicipal hunting designated area.

 

sign1Hunting allowed only with land owners consent.

 

sign2Hunting is prohibited.

 

For more information on the different types of hunting signs

http://www.icnf.pt/portal/caca/oc/sinaliz-venat

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Woods near Gaeiras.

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GPS:    39 23′ 11.3″ N    09 08′ 11.9″ W

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If coming from the A8 take exit 17 to Gaeiras, Óbidos. At the junction turn left onto the N8 to Gaeiras and Caldas da Rainha. Then take the first left down a single track road. Drive to the end, the track goes around to the left, which is a dead end and we can park along there. (See photos below).

If coming from Caldas da Rainha head towards Gaeiras along the N8 to the Intermarché supermarket at Gaeiras, Óbidos. Continue along the N8 past the entrance to Intermarché on your left.  Then take the fourth turning on the right down a single track road. If you get to the sign to the A8 you have gone past the turning.

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Woods in Salir do Porto

This weeks walk takes place in the woods at Salir do Porto.

Coming from São Martinho do Porto towards Salir do Porto go straight over the roundabout towards Foz do Arelho where you would take the first exit to the swimming pool in Salir do Porto.

Continue along this road, as you come to near the outskirts of Salir do Porto you will see a turning on your left into a single track road with a sign with ‘vende-se moradia for sale’ written on it. (see photo below).

Take this left turn. The turning is just before the row of peach coloured houses on the left. (see photo below).

Drive down this road until you come to a left hand bend in the road with a turning of it to the right. (see photos below).

Take the right turning and follow the road a short distance until you come to a T junction and turn right. (see photo below).

We will park up just along here in front of the row of houses on your right.

 

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