A couple of years ago I spent a few hours in Caldas da Rainha, because someone had asked me to buy pottery in a popular craft store there. It is a nice town, with pretty colored houses and a cobbled Old Town built on a hill. We went from Lisbon, it takes about 1 hour to get there. It is also near to Óbidos.
Foz do Arelho is a town on the right bank of the Lagoon of Obidos, whose mouth changes annually depending on the tides. From the vast sandy Foz do Arelho beach, there is a paved road that goes up to a pretty village called San Martinho do Porto (for another time). But the most striking are the cliffs that are continually struck by the sea's fury and the huge sandy beach of fine white sand. It's very busy in summer and is frequented by the Portuguese.
The Parque Dom Carlos I was the first thing we saw in the pretty town of Caldas da Rainha. We parked the car near the entrance of the park and decided to explore a bit. There are gardens with many monuments and statues. There is also a picnic area, a playground and several benches to rest on.
When we were having a walk around, [POI = 685681] Caldas da Rainha [/ POI], we stumbled upon the Barata Feyo Museum, which is dedicated to the popular Portuguese architect and sculptor. Around the entrance to the museum, you can see some of his works of art in the museum grounds. During the week it is open from 9h00 to 12h30 and from 14h to 17h30. On weekends and public holidays it is open from 9.00 am to 13 and from 15h to 18h.
The Old Town of [POI = 685681] Caldas da Rainha [/ POI] is in the middle of this beautiful town in central Portugal. It's a collection of steep, cobbled streets. Here, there are many restaurants, cafes, and shops of ceramic souvenirs. There is also a daily [POI = 685721] market [/ POI].
This was probably one of the most beautiful beach areas I've ever seen. It wasn´t at all a typical beach. The water goes into the ground and forms a beautiful lake. There are miles of shore where you can rest and relax.
In Caldas da Rainha, there is a daily fruit and vegetable market in the old town. Besides food, you can also find craft items such as handmade baskets or wooden utensils, among other things. I wouldn't say that its a must-see, but I think that it's always interesting to visit markets in different places.
Bordallo Pinheiro is a shop selling handmade pottery, located in Caldas da Rainha, north of Lisbon. It is near the Parque Dom Carlos I and Barata Feyo Museum. They sell original ceramic items, such as turtle-shaped dishes and other things. However, I did not find the service to be very good (at least on this particuar day). I asked for some help in locating some items that I had ordered and ended up having to look for them myself!