Things To Do in Estoril
Along the south coast of Estoril - the Cascais bay and the Tagus River estuary - you’ll find quiet, calm beaches surrounded by elegant palatial homes. You’ll enjoy plenty of great quality outdoor cafés, restaurants and bars, all of which are open all day and most of the night!
The beaches along the west coast or ‘Guincho’ are wilder and more natural. Guincho beach is famed for great surfing, windsurfing and kiteboarding so head there if you’re in the market for an adventure!
The Estoril Coast is steeped in history. You’ll be in close reach of a fascinating variety of historical buildings and sites of cultural interest. There’s Cascais, where you’ll find the Condes de Castro Guimaraes Museum and the Museum of the Sea, as well as a plethora of beautiful ancient churches and formidable military forts.
The Sintra hills
Close by in the beautiful, sleepy Sintra hills you’ll discover the spectacular National Palace. There’s an exotic and ancient Moorish Castle nearby as well as intricate, rich mini-palaces to visit at Regaleira, Pena and Monserrate. Mid way between Lisbon and Sintra you’ll be delighted by the amazing and intricate Queluz Palace, just like the palace of Versailles but on a smaller scale.
If you want to eat English style or international food, you’ll find plenty to please your palate in Estoril. But the local food is, quite simply, spectacular. Traditional Portuguese dishes take advantage of the huge range of delicious, delicate fish and seafood caught just off the coast. The resort’s traditional fish restaurants are always packed with locals. It’s no surprise that the Portuguese eat more fish than anyone else in Europe.
International sporting events
The Estoril Coast’s Manuel Possolo hippodrome has hosted the world’s top equestrian show jumping event, the Global Champions Tour, for three years in a row. The region also hosts international sailing events like the Quebramar Chrysler Trophy and the Cascais Dragon Gold Cup.
Portugal’s capital city Lisbon is only half an hour or so away by car or train. Lisbon is an ancient and fascinating city with its own unique atmosphere, excellent international shopping, exciting evening entertainment, galleries and museums.