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Destinations > Portugal > Estoril


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Welcome to Estoril

Welcome to Estoril - The City of popular beaches and casinos

 

Estoril is a stylish Portuguese beach resort that is located on the beautiful coastline west of Lisbon. Estoril is ideally situated, close to vibrant Lisbon, the stunning scenery of Sintra and the historic fishing port of Cascais. Estoril has grown as an exclusive holiday destination with fine restaurants, championship grade golf courses and a range of excellent beaches. Estoril is the ideal destination for tourists who wish for more than just a beach for their holiday. Long established as the cosmopolitan holiday destination of the rich and famous on the Portuguese Riviera, Estoril has an elegance more commonly attributed to resorts on the Côte d’Azur. Exiled royalty and deposed despots made this their haven during World War II, alongside spies from both sides. During a stay at the famous Palácio Hotel, Orson Wells apparently expressed amazement at the number of monarchs also in residence. Only a short train ride out of Lisbon, Estoril and its neighbour Cascais also make for an excellent day trip if visiting the capital. Beautiful location, excellent beach and good base from which to explore Lisbon. Compact with good but limited range of restaurants, wide streets, park area, clean, safe and well lit at night. Famous for its huge Casino for those who fancy a flutter.

 

 

Informations and facts

Night-life

  • The main nightlife to be found in Estoril is at the Casino Estoril, the largest gambling mecca in Europe. This place not only has the normal slots, roulettes and card dealers you would expect in any casino, it also has a large variety of other entertainment. There is an auditorium for special shows, music concerts and ballet performances which seats up to 400, convention facilities for meetings of up to 1200 people, an American full-service bar, a jazz café, a discotheque and several lounges where visitors can enjoy drinks at night in a quiet environment.
  • One good nightclub to try in the Estoril region is Tamariz, which draws visitors even from the capital city of Lisbon. The atmosphere is casual, with beanbag chairs strewn around an open-air deck. The club is open all night and the bar serves some excellent drinks.
  • If the night scene in Estoril bores you, Lisbon is only a short train ride away. In the Portuguese capital, you will certainly find a great number of discotheques and bars to keep you occupied. Try the Bairro Alto neighborhood, where people congregate on weekend nights to listen to music performances and drink cheap beer, mojitos and other mixed drinks.

 

Shopping

  • The region has four major shopping centres but has also maintained numerous traditional markets and fairs where one can find local products and handicraft which are impossible to find through other distribution channels.
  • Those who prefer to shop in a single commercial place will find a wide network of support services like restaurants, snack-bars and coffee shops that will take good care of those who seek them, completing the regular services in various cinemas.
  • Obligatory in the shopping list is a visit to the Cascais shopping, a commercial space with multiple leisure and food areas.
  • In the center of Cascais the visitor will find yet another shopping center, although smaller in size, the Cascais Villa Shopping Center (near the Cascais train station) has some renowned shops with the best brands available.
  • For those interested in design and decor, the commercial gallery Casa da Guia, is the right place, located just outside of Cascais, in the Guincho Road.

 

Sigthseeing

The Cascais-Estoril area is full of interesting sights. From architectural landmarks to food and beverage outlets with fantastic views you can be sure that there will always be plenty to see. The Cascais-Estoril area is known to be rich in sights and attractions, causing this area to be quite sought after by locals and tourists alike. From historical buildings dating back to as early as the 15th Century such as forts, churches and small palaces there are also several multifunctional parks in which one can spend time with one's family, take a morning jog or read a book whilst taking advantage of the flora's pleasant shade on a hot summer day. 

  • Casa Santa Maria: one of the greatest Portuguese architects of the 20th Century, and is one of the most remarkable masterpieces.
  • Cascais Marina: On land, the marina is well known in the area for its shops during the day and restaurants and bars at night.]
  • Luís de Camões Square: Definitely the 'centre' of cascais when it comes to a vibrant nightlife. This small square includes fashionable bars to the typical Irish pub

 

Time

Standard time zone: UTC/GMT + 1 h

 

Climate

Owing to a Mediterranean type microclimate, the Estoril Coast has mild winters and an ideal summer temperature which never gets too hot. The autumn is ideal and is like a second spring.

 

Public transport

The Estoril Coast has an efficient public transport network: Buses:

Tourist buses and normal bus links between all towns in the area. Reliable bus service by Scotturb.

Horse – drawn carriages: Romantic tours of Cascais next to the Visconde da Luz Garden.

Trains: Frequent CP trains between Cascais and Lisbon (to Cais do Sodré station).

Metro: From Lisbon airport you can reach by Metro the Cais do Sodré station and from there, take the train to Estoril or Cascais. Everyday from 6:30am till 1:00am.

Taxis: Connected to a central office and available by telephone throughout the area.

Boats: To live the wonderful experience of the novelty of the coast from the side.

Bicycles, scooters and motor bikes: You can contact the tourism offices.

Accommodation in Estoril (16)



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