Visit Sao Martinho
Sea, sun and lots of relaxation in the lower part of the village, the most touristic area of the town. The upper part of the village is able to offer exciting views of the bay and the ocean. Here’s what to see when you visit Sao Martinho do Porto in just one day.
VISIT SAO MARTINHO
Photo ©, Vitor Oliveira
The bay is undoubtedly the main point of interest on a trip to Sao Martinho.
The Praia de Sao Martinho is a splendid inlet between the Capela (to the west) and the Faro (to eat) protected by the ocean.
Thanks to this conformation it is particularly popular with families and children because it is the only inlet sheltered from the ocean winds.
The water is clear and calm. The sand, white and fine.
The ideal place to spend at least half a day in total relaxation.
The Miradouro with the Lighthouse is now an extraordinary vantage point on the Santo Antonio hill. From here you can admire the bay in all its beauty, and the spectacle of the ocean waves on the rocks.
Not to be missed among what to see in Sao Martinho.
On the opposite side, a dirt road and walking path leads to the Capela de Sant Ana. Also in this case, the suggestive landscape and the view over the whole bay are the masters.
Photo ©, Vitor Oliveira
Salir do Porto is an immense one, once among the largest in Europe. We climb large expanses before descending. Fun for the whole family. Children can run and roll around until they reach the shallow waters of the beach. A much loved place for long walks. Not to be missed when you visit Sao Martinho
Beyond the bay, the center contains some interesting places. Starting with the beautiful Igreja Paroquial de São Martinho do Porto, on Rua do Libertade. In the church, built in the distant eighteenth century, there is an oil painting of the saint.
Not far away, do not miss the lively Mercado Muncipal. It is open only in the morning, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 8am to 1pm. Fruit, vegetables and, of course, always fresh fish. In a welcoming and clean environment, you will find quality products at reasonable prices.
Praia da Gralha is what one would expect from a beach in Portugal. Absolutely spectacular, wild and deserted even in the height of summer, while the nearby bay is teeming with people and children.
There are no umbrellas, no services. Little shade everywhere.
In the open ocean and, therefore, not particularly suitable for swimming: cold, almost always agitated and deep. This does not detract from the beauty of the place. To be seen!