Foz do Arelho is one of twelve civil parishes that fall within the municipality of Caldas da Rainha. At the last census the population stands at 1,339 residents, however in the summer months this swells considerably as it takes in the many summer visitors and tourists.
It covers an area of 9.62 square kilometres.
Starting life as a village, Foz do Arelho, falls within the civil parish of Serra do Bouro, but in 1919 was elevated to the status of Parish. It was in it’s origins a seasonal vacation resort that catered mainly for elite families. One of these families was Fancisco Almeida Grandela. Sr. Grandela was a businessman who heavily promoted and assisted in the development of the region.
Water sports feature prominently in the area and wind surfing, surfing and yachting are just some of the sports available. There are excellent surf schools and a yachting/sailing centre is nestled right on the edge of the Lagoon. They provide a full range of programmes catering to total beginner through to experienced sports people and sailors.
These programmes include:
- Paddle Boarding
One of the biggest and most obvious attractions of Foz do Arelho is, of course, it’s breathtakingly beautiful beaches, that stretch for miles along the Atlantic coastline.
Coupled with the calm waters of the Obidos Lagoon, this area is, to this day, a popular destination for tourists and for families.
In recent years money has been invested in providing a fabulous boardwalk and walking paths leading down to and around the main beach and the lagoon. These are enjoyed by residents and visitors year round.
A plethora of cafes and restaurants line the beach ensuring there is always an easy access to food and refreshments. Many restaurants in Portugal and here offer dishes that cater to a number of dietary restrictions.
There are booths where you can purchase, sun hats, lotion, beach balls, windbreakers and other items you need or may have forgotten at home.
There are two campsites for visitors to Foz. One is right on the edge of the ocean in the village itself – this caters mostly for motorhomes in transit. On the outskirts of the village is an excellent campsite for anybody travelling via motor home or caravan. The site has excellent facilities that include a restaurant and pool and full shower and washing facilities.
In the village itself there are all of the amenities you would expect to find in a busy village. These include:
- Cafes and Restaurants
- Multi Banco
- Several mini markets
- Doctors offices
Only ten minutes from the village is the busy and bustling town of Caldas da Rainha. 15 minutes away is the very popular town of Sao Martinho do Porto and the beautiful beaches there that stretch right up the Silver Coast.