What to do
The golden sandy beaches, clear Atlantic waters and the sharp coastal landscape with magnificent cliffs make the beaches around Praia das Maçãs a haven for fun and leisure.
Apart from the traditional bathing and swimming, there are a lot of activities you can engage in on and around the beach.
Where to go
Here you will find suggestions of where to go during your holiday. There is so much to chose from, so listed are only some of our favourite spots.
Beautiful pristine beaches to explore, the Unesco world heritage site of Sintra and Lisbon is just a short train ride away.
Praia das Maçãs
Our cottages and villas are located in Praia das Maçãs, all just a short walk to the beach. The village centre spreads from the sandy beach, with restaurants, bars, shops and clubs.
Explore and discover our little corner of paradise. You'll love it!
What Our Customers Say
“Thanks again for the wonderful rental in Portugal. The cottage was wonderful and after talking with Cristina, we wouldn’t change a thing.”Paul and Cristina Turang, USA
“Thank you for a fantastic holiday. The house is perfect and very comfortable, and everything you need or want is there!”Jan de Meulenaere, Belgium
Your hospitality has been unrivalled, tremendous, no question or query has been too much trouble and the detailed information jubilate. Nautilus food was scrummy, reduced one of our friends to tears of joy.Rachel Thorn & Friends, England
Thanks for a wonderful week in Casa da Olga. We had a great time and thanks to your helpful recommendations we spent seven interesting, relaxing & adventurous days here. Our favorite places to go for:
Food – Fried shrimps at Nautilus, Cheap and Cheerful 🙂 – Sunset dinner at Nortada (try the Grilled Octopus) – Freshly baked bread with Chouriço at the São Pedro Market (every 2nd & 4th Sunday of the Month)
Adventure – Scenic walk along the coastline to Cabo da Roca – Tunnel & grotto tour at Quinta da Regaleira (and thanks to your torch we made it back safely) – Rocky path to a hidden bay just after Azenhas do Mar. We will defiantly recommend your place!Kathrin & Katja, Germany
Just returned from a lovely summer holiday in Vila Arcos – can only recommend this company and their houses. Ralph is doing his utmost to make you feel weelcome and at home. Try it…Claus Okholm, Denmark
Thank you again for helping to make our short stay very relaxing and worthwhile. We will be back and have the opportunity to explore the delights of Sintra in more detail but more importantly take in the village atmosphere and the beach. We appreciated your personal attention and care especially in collecting us from Estoril and return to the airport, all on time and no fuss. Your advice about local places to go and eat was first class.David and Vikki Templeman, Australia
4 families – 14 people – great time had by all – best restaurant Nautilus, surfing lesson a must, Simon & Karen are great – tram to Sintra, bus to Cascais, lovely beaches big waves, pool great & table tennis. Great location with lots to do for all ages, limited nightlife for older teenagers, although they could have travelled to Cascais or Lisbon. A week was not enough really.The Ashmors, Bakers, Lees & Humphreys, Norway
Thanks very much for providing such a great accommodation for our stay here. Watch this space – we might come back!Manti, Paul & Oliver, Finland
We loved our visit to Praia das Maçãs and particularly our stay at Casa da Bia. Ralph met with us the first day and gave us many helpful tips on places to eat, castles to visit and directions as well as a Welcome basket of wonderful local products. We loved Casa da Bia. It was very comfortable and provided everything we would need for our week visit. The courtyard was especially enjoyable and contained a wonderful barbeque area and lots of seating. We highly recommend these cottages and this area. We drove to Sintra and took the train to Lisbon for the day. What a great way to visit Lisbon and not worry about the traffic. There is so much to see and do in this area, we could not do it all in one week. Ralph and Ana are both very personable and we enjoyed meeting them.Don and Noreen Anderson, Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada
We had a fabulous two weeks in your cottage. Praia das Maçãs is a pretty & chilled village and your cottage is nicely tucked away yet still very handy for the beach & restaurants. The villa was very clean and tidy, you were both lovely and friendly and we had the most relaxing time. What was also excellent was the ease and speed of access to Lisbon, Sintra and the airport whilst being in a rural village on the Atlantic coast. We will definitely be recommending you and your cottages to our friends.Jen & Jon Chadwick, London, UK
One of the best things about the charming beach side village of Praia das Maçãs is The Vila Arcos. What a perfect place to call home for our 4 night stay in April. We chose the area as a base to explore Sintra but had no idea there would be so many other distractions in the vicinity… we should have stayed for a week at least. The cottage is comfortable and immaculate and without doubt tended with great care and consideration to the guests’ comfort. Undoubtedly my favorite part of the cottage was the fantastic courtyard garden, a great sun trap for just lazing, a barbeque or morning coffee! But what really made our experience at the Vila Arcos outstanding was meeting Ralph; thank you for the diverting conversations, tourist tips and warm welcome…
Thank youLisa Gullete, Oregon, USA
Thank you SO much for our fantastic holiday – it really was the best holiday that Mike and I have ever had. The villa is gorgeous and extremely well looked after, and Praia da Maçãs was stunning and so much to do in Sintra! We are thinking of ways we could go back ‘cos one week just wasn’t enough. Maybe in September or October. Thanks Ralph for all your advice, we had a fantastic time.Clare Rowlands, UK