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CA #5 - Sant'Ana [Caldas da Rainha] Multi-Cache

A cache by HDV Message this owner
Hidden : 03/08/2008
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Size: Size:   small (small)

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Geocache Description:

CA #1 Quayside CA #2 Castle CA #3 Torch CA #4 Beach CA #5 Sant'Ana

This cache is hidden in the promontory separating the bay from the ocean southwards.

In the coordinates given as a start point you will find the ruins of the Santana chapel. Position yourself in what was once the main door threshold (see picture bellow) facing the stone arch (approx. direction East). Now, whitout moving, observe and choose the correct answer to get the final coordinates:

  1. If you are able to see (make direct unobstructed eye contact with) the cement quay: N39º 30,543 W9º 8,743
  2. If you are able to see the quay and the white and red stripped pole marking the alignment which boats must follow to enter the bay: N39º 30,573 W9º 9,030
  3. If you see none of the former: N39º 30,545 W9º 8,894
  4. If you see none of the former but you are able to see the lighthouse: N39º 30,565 W9º 9,182

:: S. Martinho

The current bay of S. Martinho is the last vestige of an ancient Golf which, until the 16th century, extended itself inwards to Alfeizerão. It opens to the ocean through a small mouth, around 180 meters large, between the hills of Santana, to the South, and the Lighthouse, to the North (check the photos below).From the top of the belvederes of Facho and Cruzeiro, near the Chapel of Saint Anthony, it is a pleasure to take a look at the bay coloured by the typical yellow fishing boats and by the silvered track of small recreational ones.

The town, founded by the monks of the Monastery of Alcobaça at the 13th century, goes down in the shape of an amphitheatre from the hillside to the Dock, in the northern corner of the Beach. Over recent years it was progressively extended through the Marginal Avenue to the dunes of Salir. Its ancient houses can be discovered by climbing the D. Pedro V lane to the scenic spot of José Bento da Silva Square, or to the Main Church, from the 18th century.

S. Martinho do Porto has many possible walking routes, esplanades, pubs and restaurants for you to discover. The sea is astonishingly quiet and the beach a paradise for children and nautical sports.


CLICK TO ENLARGE - S. Martinho do Porto

Position your feet here, facing the arch:
door threshold. Position your feet here!

This cache is part of five integrating the “Concha Azul” (Blue Shell) series, placed around the bay of S. Martinho do Porto.
Useful Link to prepare your visit: Leiria-Fátima Region Board of Tourism >>

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