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Located on Portugal's �Silver coast' to the north, the town of Caldas da Rainha, is a charming coastal town founded by Queen Leonor in 1485. Meaning �The Queen's Hot Waters�, a settlement and free hospital were constructed there after the queen was healed of several ailments by the town's thermal waters.
Over the years, Caldas da Rainha grew and in the 18th and 19th centuries, it reached its peak, under the reign of King Jao V when the thermal free hospital was expanded and improved. A summer palace and town hall were also created which gave the town much prominence. Many of these grand buildings have been preserved and are open to the public.
When exploring Caldas da Raihna, car hire will add to your enjoyment of this region which is stacked in history, culture and natural beauty. Within the town, car hire can be found at: Rotunda Dos Arneiros, 10-1 Esq., 2500-283 Cadas Da Rainha.
This market town is located in a region best known for its fruit-growing. In your car hire vehicle, you can visit one of Caldas da Rainha's many markets. The town hosts daily markets offering fresh produce, general goods and fresh fish caught off the coast of nearby Nazare and Peniche. Located on the town's outskirts, a Monday market has a truly extensive variety of offerings; whether you want to buy a chicken, a tractor or a pair of shoes, you will find it here.
Caldas da Rainha is well-positioned for travel along the coast. While driving through this lush, green region in your car hire, you can visit nearby villages and towns. Bathala, located 45 km away, is a settlement that developed around a magnificent monastery of Santa Maria de Vitoria. Built in 1485, the Dominican structure has received World Heritage Status from UNESCO.