Europe

Why Portugal’s São Bernardino is a Hidden Gem for Homebuyers

A stone's throw from one of the world's top surfing destinations, São Bernardino is a haven for lifestyle buyers and property investors in Portugal. Beautiful natural surroundings, cosy beach bars, and a slow-paced way of life make this charming seaside town an attractive place to own a home.

Share article:

São Bernardino is a tranquil seaside town on the Silver Coast of Portugal, just an hour from Lisbon. Vast, sandy beaches, brilliant beach bars, restaurants, and shops combine to create a relaxed and charming destination.

We delve into the appeal of São Bernardino for homebuyers and property investors.

A Surfer’s Paradise

The Silver Coast is renowned as one of the world’s best surfing destinations.

São Bernardino Beach is a great spot for sunbathing, swimming, and surfing, making it popular with families. The town is just a short drive from Peniche, Europe’s leading surf spot, and the famous Supertubos Beach. Supertubos hosts “The Rip Curl Pro” surfing tournament every year, drawing tens of thousands of surf fans to the region.

Known for its gigantic waves, Nazaré is also just 45 minutes from São Bernardino. This seaside town on the westernmost point of Europe is home to the world’s largest waves.

In 2020, Sebastian Steudtner broke the world record for the largest wave ever surfed at Nazaré’s north beach. The wave was 26.21 meters (86 feet), which is around the same height as an eight-storey building.

As a result, the region experiences a strong demand for short-term lets, making it an ideal destination for Airbnb.

Lifestyle Factors

Aside from surfing, residents and visitors can also enjoy many activities, from sunbathing and beach-bar hopping to exploring local landmarks such as Fortaleza and the Cabo Carvoeiro lighthouse.

Praia de São Bernardino provides a haven of tranquillity, where visitors and locals can grab a coffee at SB Beach Caffé and gaze out over the bay.

The Silver Coast is well known for its fresh fish and seafood which comes every day from local ports. In São Bernardino, Peniche, and other nearby towns, there are many top-rated restaurants to choose from.

Prime Location

Positioned between Lisbon and Porto, São Bernardino enjoys easy access to Portugal’s largest cities. Lisbon International Airport is just an hour’s drive away, offering connections to more than 130 destinations globally. This makes the region an ideal base for a wide range of buyers, including expats, property investors, and those in the market for a holiday home.

Lisbon Airport handled an impressive 34 million passengers in 2023, creating huge potential for short-term rentals within easy reach of the airport. As the Silver Coast’s appeal grows and the region continues to gain recognition among tourists, its holiday let market is well-positioned for growth.

The Property Market

São Bernardino

The Silver Coast is growing in popularity among holidayers and homebuyers. This unspoilt region provides seaside tranquillity within easy reach of Portugal’s major cities—perfect for those looking for a relaxed and low-key escape. Those in the area can enjoy coastal living and excellent amenities while being surrounded by breathtaking nature.

Tourist hotspots like Lisbon, Porto, and the Algarve have become increasingly expensive in recent years. In comparison, property prices and living costs on the Silver Coast are much more affordable, particularly in São Bernardino.

This coastal gem remains largely undiscovered, yet its lifestyle benefits and proximity to top surfing destinations make it a great place to own property. As the appeal of the Silver Coast continues to grow, property values are set for appreciation. At the same time, a growing demand for short and long-term rentals is opening up attractive opportunities for investors.

Whether you’re looking to settle by the sea, buy a holiday home, or invest in an up-and-coming location, São Bernardino might be the perfect destination.

On the Market in São Bernardino

Pôr do Sol is the latest high-specification development in São Bernardino, offering 14 modern one and two-bedroom apartments on the beachfront. The building also comprises a range of premium amenities, including a lobby, swimming pool, and roof terrace with a jacuzzi and sunbathing area.

Located an hour from Lisbon and a stone’s throw from Peniche, one of the world’s most popular surf destinations, Pôr do Sol makes for the perfect holiday home or Airbnb investment due to the strong year-round rental demand in the area.

If you’re keen to find out more, get in touch to speak to one of our property consultants.


Contact us today for properties on Portugal’s Silver Coast.

São Bernardino peniche