Lisbon Coast Holidays

Lisbon Coast Holidays – Luxury and elegance, combined with beautiful beaches

Lisbon’s coast combines elegant city architecture with picturesque fishermen’s cottages; long walks along beautiful beaches with horse rides through nature parks; the freshest of fish cooked from that morning’s catch (and celebrated in Lisbon’s annual ‘Fish Flavours’ festival) with the aroma of roast chestnuts sold on the streets during autumn.

A holiday on Lisbon’s coast, the most western point of Europe, has something to suit everyone. The culture and nightlife of Lisbon, wonderful for a long weekend to look at the historic sites and enjoy some excellent traditional restaurants, is perfect for party people and lovers of history. The beautiful beaches of Cascais and Estoril are only a half hour train ride away so you can enjoy a day on the sands, while families who want a beach holiday can do the reverse.

Cascais was ‘discovered’ by the royal court in the late 19th century, and is now a charming mix of narrow cobbled streets and stately villas. Estoril speaks of luxury and a slight air of decadence, with its casino, the largest in Europe. It also has Guincho beach, a magnet for surfers and windsurfers. There are a number of championship golf courses nearby, as well as horse riding, deep sea fishing and simply relaxing.

A little further north is Sintra, with its whimsical Pálacio Nacional da Pena, and when the 18th-century poet, Lord Byron, visited the town, he described it as ‘perhaps in every respect the most delightful in Europe’.