Praia D’El Rey is located on Portugal’s Silver Coast which is home to beach villas, a world class golf course, and a 5 star Marriott hotel. We had the luxury of staying at Marriott Praia D’El Rey for a five night stay. It was a perfect spot for our family of six – all adults. The resort did appear to be family friendly and had a large children’s pool.
We visited the nearby medieval village Óbidos, Peniche, and took a day trip to explore Sintra. The Marriott was accommodating in finding us taxi rides for six people. Praia D’El Rey resort is far away from local restaurants and renting a car would be beneficial.
But if you are hiring a driver – ask for Fernando. He spoke English and took the time to tell us about his home country. He stopped along the side of the road to show us a cork tree and eucalyptus plant.
Praia D’El Rey resort does have restaurants on site: Romy, Maré, and a bar restaurant. They also offer food and drinks poolside. We were not too impressed with the resorts restaurants and I would recommend venturing out for dinners. We did eat lunch everyday poolside and enjoyed their wraps and pizzas. The bar and waitstaff were amazing and even let us take bottles of wine down to the beach.
We were visiting in mid July and the temperatures were in the lower 70’s. The beach was breezy but sun bathing was wonderful. The Silver Coast is most famous for their surfing and nearby Baleal beach hosts world wide surfing competitions. Praia D’El Rey is more private and secluded which was perfect for our family. Another thing to note is its not very possible for long walks on this beach – the sand is too soft and your feet sink with every step. However the water is a beautiful turquoise and you don’t have to walk far to enjoy, just set up a chair and relax.
Praia D’El Rey is a great location being just an hour away from Lisbon airport, 20 minutes from nearby Óbidos and Peniche, and under two hours away from Sintra. It was a perfect mixture of a beach resort and exploring Portugal’s history.