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★Salir Beach:Just 600 Meters! ★Kid-Friendly ★Quiet

SuperhostSalir do Porto, Leiria, Portugal
Entire cottage hosted by Laura & Tony
5 guests2 bedrooms3 beds1 bath
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Enjoy our traditional, family-friendly, 2-bedroom cottage for up to 5 persons: Casa Bonança (House of Maritime Calm). Just an 8 minute/600 meter walk (1/3 mile) to Salir do Porto's river beach. Adjoins Saõ Martinho do Porto's calm ocean bay & beach. Tastefully & fully equipped, you'll feel at home! The walled yard has room to play, relax or dine on the lawn or patio with BBQ grill. Central location. Short drive to many other beaches/historic sites. Experience Portuguese charm in a quiet village.

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Enjoy our traditional, family-friendly, 2-bedroom cottage for up to 5 persons: Casa Bonança (House of Maritime Calm). Just an 8 minute/600 meter walk (1/3 mile) to Salir do Porto's river beach. Adjoins Saõ Martinho do Porto's calm ocean bay & beach. Tastefully and fully equipped, you'll feel at home! The walled yard has room to play, relax or dine on the lawn or patio with BBQ grill. Central location. Short drive to many other beaches/historic sites. Experience Portuguese charm in a quiet village!

Guest access
Our entire cottage is available for your use and enjoyment (bed storage area is not).

The wood-burning barbeque grill, outdoor patio around the cottage and front lawn are also for your use.

The far, uphill side of the yard and garden area may, rarely, be shared with our cousin, who own the uphill summer house (see photos). However, our property is for your private enjoyment. They have their own private gate at the far end of the property and have their own private walled back yard, so it is rare you would see them when they do stay. They may have their lounge chairs on the upper lawn. The area around the cottage is reserved for just you.

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CLIMATE: The area of Salir do Porto has a moderate maritime climate in the summer, so we do not have air conditioning. Fans (4) and individual heaters (3) are provided, but they are rarely needed. The thick walls and our electric, remote-control roller blinds keep the cottage comfortably cool in the summer, with no need for air conditioning, as long as you remember to close the blinds as needed to shield the sun or when you leave for the day. If you do not close at least the front blinds when you leave to enjoy the day, the cottage could get hot from the afternoon sun. Early mornings in the summer can be overcast or have haze from ocean moisture.  This typically burns off as the sun rises higher in the sky.

POPULATION: Our local area is generally quiet, with Salir being home to about 900 residents year-round. The population grows during the summer months as families from abroad come back to visit their local families & as tourists arrive for a stay, but it still keeps its local charm and general quietude.

FESTIVALS/NOISE: Each year Salir holds its annual festival. This usually takes place during the first week of August for 5 days (dates vary slightly each year). There is typical entertainment, food, music, merchandise, carnival rides and dancing! Some streets near the cottage will be closed to traffic.

A band plays each evening from about 10pm to 1am. You may hear the music at the cottage during the festival. While our guests have generally not found this to be an issue (frankly, they report that they enjoyed the summer festivities!), we do pro-actively include ear protectors for the use of guests that may require extreme quiet at all times when sleeping. We want you to enjoy all the nights of your stay!

Our home is also equipped with, triple-glazed, noise-limiting insulated windows which significantly reduce any noise. They may not eliminate 100% of all sounds.

Salir usually has smaller festivals for Saõ Joaõ (St. John) on June 12 and for the town anniversary on August 23. In September, there is often a black pig roast (Porco Preto). These could also have music & entertainment, as is typical for Portuguese festivals.

SALIR CHURCH BELL: As is typical in Portugal, there is a Catholic church in town. The quaint bell dongs out the hour, both on the hour and 3 minutes after. The half hours are marked with a single dong. Our guests have found this a charming & peaceful background item of no consequence.  But we do want you to be fully aware of Salir's quirks! :)

LOCAL FOOD DELIVERIES: Traditionally, we still have home deliveries of fresh bread and local fish available daily, generally between 10am-1pm. You will hear the vendors tooting their delivery van horns when they are in the neighborhood. If you want them to stop on our street regularly while you are there for a longer stay, just let them know. Otherwise, you may need to walk over a block to catch them at their regular stops with the locals.

SHOPPING: Salir is a small, local town, perfect if you want to experience a calmer, less touristy experience. Salir has 2 mini-markets for basic groceries & necessities, a café, plus a restaurant, all within 2-3 blocks walk of the cottage. There are 3 other restaurants and 2 other cafés within 1km of the cottage. Larger grocery stores, more restaurants, tourist/beach shopping, malls, major stores and the like are a 5-15 minute drive, in the neighboring towns of Saõ Martinho do Porto, Tornada & Caldas da Rainha.

WE ARE CHILD-FRIENDLY! In addition to the usual add-ons, such as a high chair and crib, we provide many other items to assist families with both enjoyment and safety. We have books, games, toys, coloring books, child beach toys and flotation devices, and even an inflatable wading pool. Our cabinets and kitchen appliances are equipped with child locks. A baby gate is available upon request if you want to leave the exterior door open while home or restrict access within the cottage. We offer radio baby monitors upon request. We have a supply of incontinence protection pads for the beds if needed. Most electric sockets have built-in protection & we have socket plugs to protect the others. There is also a first aid kit. Our triple-pane windows offer a tilt option for ventilation, which simultaneously provides safety from tumbles for small children while open.

Our cottage gives parents convenient logistics, both inside and out. It is one level, with no stairs, has an open floor plan with several window views to the yard outside, which is walled. The neighborhood is generally quiet, with little traffic.

Please advise us in advance if you will need any of our child specialty items so we can prepare accordingly.

WADING POOL: we can provide a small child's wading pool for our guests with children. If you wish to swim in a full-sized pool, there are public ones nearby for various day fees:
• Salir do Porto: 500 meters, by the beach
• Saõ Martinho do Porto: 8km, at the campground to the north
• Nazaré: 15km, at the fantastic Norpark Water Park

CAT: Our downhill neighbor's black cat (Preto) might come over to say hi. We ask that you do not feed him or let him in the house. There is a water bowl outside for him. He is friendly but could become uncomfortable with too much attention at once. If you don't want him around, he is easy to shoo away.

HONEY BEES ON PROPERTY: We have a cute tree on our patio by the grill which flowers for 2 weeks around mid-July (see photos). The tiny flowers are very popular with our very mild-mannered honey bees. You will see them buzzing during the flowering season. They are non-aggressive and ignore humans. We often trim the tree while they are in it. We use no insecticidal products on the tree in order to preserve the local bee ecosystem for crop pollenation. Please let us know in advance if, out of an abundance of concern for any potential allergies, you may want us to apply a repellant product to the tree.

ACCESSIBILITY: We are a one-level property with several features that make accessibility or limited mobility easier, but we are not 100% accessible for all features. There are some features that may not meet the needs of all guests. If you have any questions, or specific requirements, please ask in advance so you can confirm if we meet those needs. Some features include:

•There is one step up from the main road to the cottage's patio path. We may be able to provide a steep, short ramp if needed. We are working to replace the step-up with a permanent, paved ramp, but at this time there is not one. The cottage interior is one level, with no steps.

•Once within the property wall, the patio path is smooth, wide and flat. The pathway in front of and around the cottage is raised (see photos), but we have built several 33"/90cm ramps into all of them, allowing for accessible access to all the patio & around the house.

•The entrance gate & doors within the house are currently less than 32"/85cm wide. If you must have specific clearances, please inquire.

•The beds & toilets are within accessible-height parameters. Bedroom & bathroom doorway entries are traditional, narrower openings, approximately 28"/70cm.

•The shower has a low, step-over curb with a suction-mounted assistance grab-bar. The massage shower head can be used at standard height or as a hand-held. We can provide a shower stool if needed.

•The interior of the cottage is one level, with smooth floors: ceramic tiles in the kitchen, living room & bathroom, with floating floors (Pergo-style) in the bedrooms. There are no steps or staircases inside.

FUN FACT - CASA BONANÇA:
Our beach cottage is "Casa Bonança" - "House of Maritime Calm" in English.

Bonança, translated from Portuguese, means that state of the seacoast when the sun is shining, the winds are gentle and light, and the ocean is calm and smooth like glass. Think of a perfect, relaxing day or the calm before the storm.

As used in Portuguese, it doesn't have a literal equivalent in English. Maritime tranquility, quietude, or lull would be approximations. It shares a root with the English derivitive "bonanza", which is used slightly differently but still has a riches of good things at its core.

With their long sailing history, precise descriptive words for various sailing conditions are part of the Portuguese lexicon.

The protected, calm bay next to us in Saõ Martinho do Porto also has a long sailing tradition. Many ships were made there. The bay offered protection and the locale was perfect for materials, with the large pine forest of Leiria nearby, to the north. These ships later sailed as part of the Portuguese Discoveries epoch.

We hope you enjoy Casa Bonança as much as we do.

Laura and Tony
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Enjoy our traditional, family-friendly, 2-bedroom cottage for up to 5 persons: Casa Bonança (House of Maritime Calm). Just an 8 minute/600 meter walk (1/3 mile) to Salir do Porto's river beach. Adjoins Saõ Martinho do Porto's calm ocean bay & beach. Tastefully & fully equipped, you'll feel at home! The walled yard has room to play, relax or dine on the lawn or patio with BBQ grill. Central location. Short drive to ma…

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Bedroom 1
1 double bed, 1 single bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed, 1 crib

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High chair
Hair dryer
Room-darkening shades
Carbon monoxide alarm

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Well-lit path to entrance
Step-free path to entrance

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Salir do Porto, Leiria, Portugal

We love the quiet and local feel of Salir do Porto! You can experience real Portugal here. Within a short walking distance (2-3 minutes) there is a restaurant, 2 mini-markets for groceries, 2 cafe/snackbars and a farmer's fruit and vegetable market (seasonal & on certain days of the week). These help make the locale convenient.
Salir also offers your choice of several other restaurants within 1 km of the cottage. Plus, larger supermarkets for food and shopping, along with more restaurants, are in both Saõ Martinho do Porto and Tornada, 5-10 minutes drives.

After a 600 meter walk or drive to Salir's family-friendly, tidal river beach, which adjoins Saõ Martinho do Porto's large, calm ocean bay, you can take a leisurely stroll along the 2km boardwalk thru the sand dunes to Sao Martinho do Porto. Don't forget to tackle a climb of Salir's large sand dune, the largest in Portugal.

If you like hiking, there are trails nearby. If you pass behind Salir's large sand dune, you'll reach the ruin of Sant'ana Church. It's about a 30 minute walk one way. You can also drive there by car. It has magnificent views of both the ocean and the bay. Its original purpose was to bless the ships as they departed.

More stunning bay views are available from atop the overlook by the large cross on the hilltop behind Salir's church. Just follow the brown signs for the Miradouro.

There are also picturesque ruins of the old Customs House ("Alfandega") on the left side of Salir's beach. Long ago, Salir built and repaired boats with wood from the nearby Pinhal (Pine Forest) de Leiria. Best time to walk to the Customs House is during low tide so you can get past the red stone cliff on your left by walking on the wet sandy beach while the tide is out.

If you follow the sandy trail just to the left/behind the Customs House ruins, and then walk up and down a set of stone stairs, you'll find a natural mineral spring outlet (the "Pouçinho"). Look for the stony walled enclosure with a metal pipe on your right, ocean-side. Take care on the 3-4 steps down to it. They can have slippery algae on them. You can enjoy filling up your jug with the Pouçinho's potable water that has gained a recuperative reputation for digestion and skin problems. As with the Customs House, best time to walk there is during low tide so you can get past the red stone cliff on your left while the tide is out. Total leisurely walking time, round-trip, from the cottage & back: 1 hour. We keep an empty 5-liter jug under the sink if you want to bring back the spring water.

The boardwalk which starts at Salir Beach and passes thru the sand dunes along the bay gives an opportunity for leisurely strolling or a refreshing run into Sao Martinho. Total distance, one way, from the cottage, to the farthest end of Saõ Martinho, fully around the bay, past both the boat launch and tunnel (on right) to the ocean-side "Quebradas" (stony beaches): 5km

Want more beaches? There's a plethora of spectacular ocean beaches within just a few minutes of the cottage. The lagoon of Obidos and the beaches of Foz do Arelho are just 8km to the south. Enjoy the choice of child-friendly waters or oceanside surfing, all at one immense beach with all amenities. Or enjoy the raw nature of Gralha beach, just 5km north of us. Just sun, surf and solitude. You may spot naturists there, at the far ends of the beach. Continue just a little farther north to the beaches of Salgado or the renowned fishing town of Nazare. Or have fun at the water park, Norpark, in Nazare. Just 30 minutes to our south, the various beaches with spectacular sandstone cliffs of the Praia del Rei area make for a great day trip. Then enjoy the fishing and world-class surfing areas of Peniche and Baleal just a few more minutes past that.

The coastline is also dotted with other picturesque, rocky beaches that are locally called "Quebradas".

There are 3 wonderful golf courses only 30 minutes south of us as well...Bom Successo (PGA ranked), Royal Óbidos (rated one of Europe's best) and Praia Del Rei. The most recent golf course addition in the same area is West Cliffs, which is reaching completion as of 2017.

Our central location makes day trips to nearby historic sites convenient. These include Obidos, Alcobaça, Batalha, Fatima, the underground grottos of Santo Antonio and Mira d'Aire, Conimbrigra Roman ruins, and Coimbra, among others.

One of our charming quirks is Salir still offers door-to-door delivery of fresh bread and local fish. Each day, the small delivery trucks pass by, with a toot of the horn to let you know they are around. In season, there is also freshly-pressed olive oil by the gallon.

On the nearby road to Sao Martinho, you will often find homemade, inexpensive hot bread cooked over wood in the "Paõ sob'Rodas" truck (Bread on Wheels). The wood fire is on the truck and you can watch them cooking the very yummy bread. They are available mostly on weekends. In July/August, they frequently add extra days. Their bread freezes well, if you want to stock up.

Our neighboring town of Sao Martinho do Porto, just 2.5km away on the other side of the bay, is full of the touristy hustle and bustle, with shopping, restaurants, nighttime activities, etc. Great fun for the day, then come back to relax at the cottage.

Salir do Porto is also centrally-located in Portugal, making it a convenient launching pad for day trips to Óbidos, Nazaré, Peniche, Alcobaça, Batalha and Fátima, among other spots. We are one hour north of Lisbon, 75 minutes south of Coimbra and 2 hours, 15 minutes south of Porto.
We love the quiet and local feel of Salir do Porto! You can experience real Portugal here. Within a short walking distance (2-3 minutes) there is a restaurant, 2 mini-markets for groceries, 2 cafe/snackbars and…

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Welcome to Casa Bonança (House of Maritime Calm). We're Laura and Tony. We love getting to know all of our guests from around the world, as well as their stories. We welcome all guests regardless of race, culture, age, gender, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or spiritual preference. We're happy to socialize with you when you arrive or to simply get you established at the cottage to relax and unwind on your own. We are easily accessible for your needs, staying just a few minutes away at our main home. During your stay, we are available anytime to assist you, 24/7, by Airbnb messaging, text, phone, or email. Tony is the local boy. He spent his childhood growing up nearby in Caldas da Rainha and summering here in Salir do Porto, his father's hometown. His father built this house before he was born. His grandparents were from Salir too and owned this property as well as others, dating back more than 100 years. They were the first town residents to add electricity and an indoor bathroom to a home. Times have certainly changed! :) Most of his family still lives in the region. High-school sweethearts, we have spent our lives together living in both the U.S. and Portugal. While I was born in the U.S., my heart has a special spot for this wonderful country. We love travel! Both of us have been in the tour and travel industry for decades, as well as real estate. Tony is in the motorcoach and tour industry, while I was in hotel management with a major international group. Guest satisfaction is our primary goal and sharing the wonderful culture of a traditional Portuguese beach home with others is our other. Our love of travel extends to the many trips and camping we have done around Europe. Nothing like just throwing the gear in the car and taking off on a last-minute adventure. We both love animals and water sports too. Horses, dogs and cats have been a large part of our lives. Water skiing, boating and swimming are some of our favorites as well, especially as we came to know each other taking a lifeguarding course. One of my quirky skills is horse shoeing, as I was a professional farrier for 5 years. I enjoy trail running and have done 4 marathons as well. Tony prefers to stick to the shorter runs. Loving nature and animals, we also embrace a holistic approach to food, nutrition and health. Eating within a Paleo lifestyle, which is not hard to do in Portugal, has enhanced our lives in many ways. Thank you for taking the time to get to know about us! We hope to have the same opportunity with you.
Welcome to Casa Bonança (House of Maritime Calm). We're Laura and Tony. We love getting to know all of our guests from around the world, as well as their stories. We welcome all gu…
During your stay
We are available anytime, via Airbnb messaging, phone, text, or email, should you need anything or have any questions or concerns. We live just a few minutes away.

We will meet you at arrival with the keys. We are happy to explain the area and our cottage if you wish, as well as offer tips for restaurants & activities. Otherwise, our House Manual will help get you settled in and answer many FAQs.

We speak both English & Portuguese with tiny bits of French and Spanish thrown in.

We welcome all guests regardless of race, culture, age, gender, marital status, LGBTQ+ orientation, or spiritual preference.
We are available anytime, via Airbnb messaging, phone, text, or email, should you need anything or have any questions or concerns. We live just a few minutes away.

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