After having arrived the evening before in Foz Do Arelho, we decided to stay local for our first day in the Estremadura and Ribatejo region of Portugal. Estremadura and Ribatejo have an amazing historical past. From the walled town of Obidos to the monastery at Alcobaca, the area is steeped in history. On this first day, we decided to drive the short distance to Salir Do Porto, home to a 49 meter high dune. We decided to park the car closer to the town of Sao Martinho do porto which together with Salir Do porto is located at a shell shaped lagoon. The lagoon is connected to the Atlantic by a small passage between the hills. The beach is flanked by a boardwalk which runs through the dunes towards Salir Do Porto.
After having followed the boardwalk along the entire lenght of the beach , we reached a river lagune which seperated us from the dune. There is also a river beach which is very popular with families enjoying a refreshing dip in the cool water. A wooden bridge crosses the river and connects the boardwalk with the carpark at Salir do Porto. The dune is great for kids , but also for parents who need a bit of exercise running up this 49 meter high dune. It is though work, especially under a scorching Portuguese sun.