A magnificent city planning in buying property somewhere near Colares. We drove up the coast and went into all the small little towns. When we left for Lisbon we took an old route along the coast to Cascais, you haven't seen something like this before. Do this either from Lisbon or going there......a must see. Also lots of walks in the mountains.
Colares is a nice small town which is really close to the coast and its beaches. The town has plenty of restaurants (although we had some bad luck finding good food), a supermarket, laundromat, bank etc. There are a couple of busses to and from Colares to surrounding areas (Sintra, Cascais and the beaches). Although we found the busses a bit too unreliable, so we hitchhiked most of the time (which was extremely easy) and used Uber (which was even cheaper than the bus most of the time).
We were only there for one night but will return as the purpose of our stay was to visit Sintra. Unfortunately we didn't go to Sintra as it was very busy and hot so we shall visit out of the summer season. However we did go to the beautiful Praia da D'Adraga. Well worth a visitry although the sea is rough so difficult for swimmers!We had dinner at the Restaurant D'a Varzea in Colares which was very nice, reasonable priced and very attentive anD friendly staff.
We just passed through Colares by car during lunch hour and by accident found the restaurant Ribeirinha de Colares. That was a great experince. We enjoyed the lovely atmosphere and the food was really top class, so delicious! Excellent cooking and presentation and the service was superb. After two days we returned to Colares just to have a dinner at the same place and again a superb experience! We asked for the chef, Vicente who had been a chef there for 18 years, and congratuled him for the fabulous cooking! We told him the food was good enough to be compared to the famous Mini Bar in Lisbon, and we mean it! Service was again perfect. This restaurant is worth an excursion on its own, just some 40 km from Lisbon. We stayed over night at Sarrazola House in Colares, also a lovely experience. Most charming and beautifully situated it offered really good value for money. The pictures show Chef Vicente and a the very nice and professional waitress (unfortunately we lost her name) at restaurant Ribeirinha de Colares. The other picture shows Sarazzola House in Colares.
The beach is popular with locals. The waves and undercurrent were strong when we were there but everyone enjoyed jumping the waves... there is a small market for fresh fish, bread and veg.. and a great little shop in the village. It's a very small place no real activities for small children except a playground
Stayed at the Arribas hotel at the beginning of June 2017. Very nice fantastic sea views and a good beach.Hotel very relaxing with friendly staff and a very large clean pool.We stayed here to visit the Sintra palaces which really are a must see.Bus runs from the hotel into Sintra but we used a taxi .. 17 euros each way takes about 20 minutes.We also got a taxi to Lisbon airport on leaving .. takes 40 minutes cost 60 euros for four of us.