Luxury Living on the Silver Coast of Portugal

Discover the allure of Portugal's architecture, art, music, and festivals. Explore the enchanting West Cliffs Golf Resort on the scenic Silver Coast.

Portugal’s rich history and culture are evident in its architecture, art, music, and festivals. The country’s charming towns and cities are like living museums waiting to be explored. And, even after living in Portugal for eight years, we continue to discover new and enchanting places, each adding to the country’s timeless allure and enriching our lives.

Recently, I had the absolute pleasure of touring the West Cliffs Golf Resort. I was aware that Portugal stands out as the premier destination for golf enthusiasts in Europe, offering year-round opportunities to indulge in the sport amidst stunning landscapes and favorable weather conditions. I also knew that its diverse array of world-class golf courses ran all the way from the picturesque Algarve to the scenic Silver Coast, and beyond. And, though I have never played golf, the fact I live here surrounded by such amazing courses, I have been considering giving it a go!

Twin Villa, West Coast Golf Resort, Silver Coast, Portugal
Twin Villa, West Coast Golf Resort, Silver Coast, Portugal

I have several expat friends that are avid golfers and they assured me that Portugal provides golfers of all levels with an unforgettable experience. Whether teeing off against a backdrop of rugged cliffs or lush countryside, golfers can enjoy the perfect blend of challenging courses, luxurious amenities, and warm hospitality that makes Portugal a golfer’s paradise throughout the year. This, of course, has further motivated me to consider taking up the sport.

This newfound inspiration blossomed into determination when I discovered the West Cliffs Golf Resort, a magnificent destination nestled along Portugal’s Silver Coast.

Just an hour north of Lisbon, West Cliffs Golf Resort offers a serene escape from the bustling city life. Here, amidst the breathtaking natural beauty of the Silver Coast, residents can unwind and explore one of Portugal’s best-kept secrets. For those who are unfamiliar with Portugal, the Silver Coast is a hidden gem, offering a glimpse into the authentic essence of the country.

With its mild and temperate climate, boasting long summers that beckon travelers year-round, the Silver Coast earns its moniker as the “Real Portugal.” Stretching from Lisbon to Figueira da Foz, this enchanting region is a haven for those seeking tranquility amidst breathtaking scenery. The coastline, spanning approximately 240 km, showcases some of Europe’s finest beaches, where pristine sands meet the azure waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Beach at West Coast Golf Resort, Silver Coast, Portugal
Beach at West Coast Golf Resort, Silver Coast, Portugal

Unlike bustling tourist hotspots, the Silver Coast retains its unspoiled charm, ensuring secluded beach escapes even during peak seasons. Beyond the sun-kissed shores, visitors can immerse themselves in the region’s rich cultural tapestry, from exploring medieval towns to savoring delectable gastronomic delights.

In addition to the championship golf courses, adventurous souls can indulge in a myriad of outdoor activities, exceptional surfing opportunities, and other water sports such as wind surfing or snorkeling in the Berlenga islands. For those who are looking for some serious surfing thrills there is Nazaré. Renowned for its colossal waves and vibrant surfing scene, Nazaré stands as a testament to the Silver Coast’s natural wonders, boasting the awe-inspiring Nazaré Canyon—the largest underwater canyon in Europe.

Golf Course, West Coast Golf Resort, Silver Coast, Portugal
Golf Course, West Coast Golf Resort, Silver Coast, Portugal

Whether basking in the warm hospitality of the locals or embarking on adrenaline-fueled adventures, the Silver Coast promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of Portugal’s coastal paradise. And in the middle of this gorgeous stretch of coastline is where you can find your next home at the West Cliffs Golf Resort.

Whether you prefer the spacious elegance of a villa or the breathtaking views offered by a townhouse or apartment, West Cliffs Golf Resort offers a diverse range of residential options to suit every lifestyle. Each property is thoughtfully designed to integrate seamlessly with the natural surroundings, providing residents with a tranquil retreat to call home.

Apartment, West Coast Golf Resort, Silver Coast, Portugal
Apartment, West Coast Golf Resort, Silver Coast, Portugal

West Cliffs prioritizes environmental conservation and has been recognized for its dedication to environmental sustainability, earning the prestigious Green Key Award in 2022. The resort is committed to environmental stewardship from its inception in 2015 to the ongoing construction of 469 accommodation units and two 5-star hotels, every aspect of the resort is meticulously planned to minimize its ecological footprint while offering residents a harmonious living environment.

The golf course was designed by renowned golf course architect Cynthia Dye ASGCA of Dye Designs Group and stands as a testament to unparalleled excellence. Recognized as one of Portugal’s premier golfing destinations, it earned the esteemed title of “World’s Best New Course” in 2017. The course not only offers a world-class golfing experience but also provides special packages for accommodations, ensuring a memorable stay for residents and visitors alike.

Beyond the exceptional homes and world-class golf, property owners at West Cliffs enjoy exclusive privileges, featuring a three-year golf club membership, a rich calendar of events, advantageous discounts on rentals and lessons, reciprocal agreements with other golf courses in Portugal, and numerous additional benefits. There are multiple opportunities for outdoor activities located right in the resort, from nature trails, to tennis and paddle courts. And they have just broken ground on a wellness center that will have both an indoor and outdoor pool and an area for yoga, and even co-working space.

The Grill Restaurant, West Coast Golf Resort, Silver Coast, Portugal
The Grill Restaurant, West Coast Golf Resort, Silver Coast, Portugal

At The Grill Restaurant, overseen by Executive Chef Luis Correia, culinary excellence takes center stage. Amidst the casual elegance of the restaurant, guests can relish in delightful dishes while soaking in scenic views of the golf course and sea.

The closest city to West Cliffs is Caldas da Rainha, with a population of approximately fifty thousand. It’s situated just a twenty five minute drive away and makes not only for an excellent spot to do some shopping, but for a fabulous day out. Caldas da Rainha is an ancient place that beckons with its rich history and therapeutic thermal springs, earning its name as the “Queen’s thermal springs.”

Legend has it that Queen D. Leonor, intrigued by the healing properties of the waters, established the Thermal Hospital of Our Lady of Pópulo in 1485, marking the city’s foundation. Today, visitors can immerse themselves in the vibrant atmosphere of the daily open-air fruit and vegetable market at Praça da Fruta, a tradition dating back to the 15th century.

One can also delight in the local gastronomy influenced by a monastery culture, savoring sweet-tooth delicacies like “trouxas” and “cavacas.” And, for a cultural journey, one can explore the renowned Portuguese ceramics at the Bordallo Pinheiro Factory of Artistic Earthenware, a century-old institution shaping global ceramic art. And all just a stones throw away from West Cliffs Golf Resort.

I am thrilled to share that I have been given the privilege of adding the esteemed West Cliffs Resort to my portfolio of properties at Brightman Group. Contact me and discover a lifestyle of unparalleled luxury, tranquility, and leisure! Whether you seek a permanent residence, a vacation retreat, or an investment opportunity, I invite you to experience the epitome of luxury living on Portugal’s Silver Coast.

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Hollin Stafford
Hollin Stafford

Hollin is originally from California. After obtaining a degree in Sociology she worked as a flight attendant for United Airlines so that she could combine her work with something she’s always loved, travel. Later she found herself in Seattle, WA where she met her husband and went to work in the real estate field.

She moved with her family from Port Townsend, WA to Sintra, Portugal in 2016. They said they’d try it out for a year and never left! Leveraging her U.S. real estate background and the insights she’s gained over the years into Portuguese life, she works with the Brightman Group, guiding international buyers and connecting sellers. She loves her work and finds delight in helping people find their ‘spot’ in the world.

Hollin's passions also include spending quality time with family and friends, seeking out excellent food and writing. She writes in a variety of genres, from YA, to literary short stories, non-fiction and engaging travel pieces. Her current focus is on writing a memoir about what brought her family to Portugal.

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