Beaches, golf, motor sports, Europe’s largest casino and a reference spa resort.
Beaches, golf, motor sports, Europe’s largest casino and a reference spa resort. These are just some of the attractions of the Estoril coast. Estoril, about 20 kms from Lisbon, was for many centuries the strategic military point in defense of the capital.
Even today it is possible to see several of the forts that were built with the purpose of protecting the Portuguese coast from the constant attacks of enemy troops. More recently, in the 20th century Estoril became a privileged destination for the European aristocracy and, for this reason, it is possible to observe innumerable manor houses and palaces. A seaside resort, Estoril is great for a summer vacation.
Another important factor in the development of this region was its thermal waters. Its various tourist attractions have led tourists to discover this region and contribute to its development. The Spa Estoril was closed for five years and was reopened in 2010.
Estoril also hosts Europe’s largest Casino, an internationally renowned venue, which attracts not only the big punters but also thousands of visitors to the quality shows it hosts. For those less interested in roulette, the Estoril Coast has numerous other attractions. Golf is one of them. There are seven 18-hole courses in the region, some of which are among the best in Europe. The Tennis also stands out in this region, being the city annually stage of the Estoril Open.
If you choose to leave Estoril and follow the coast road, you will arrive in Cascais.
Originally a fishing village, Cascais grew with the swimwear fashion during the 19th century, popularized by King Louis I, who transformed the former castle into the official summer residence of Portuguese monarchs.
In addition to its immense cultural and architectural wealth, this city also attracts visitors through its winding and friendly streets, with outdoor cafes and shops overlooking the sea. Take a walk around the bay, discover the Mouth of Hell. Watch the Atlantic waves crash against the rocks or sunbathe on one of the region’s many beaches, such as Guicho, which lies within the Sintra-Cascais Nature Reserve.
Do not forget to visit the most western point of continental Europe – Cabo da Roca, with a breathtaking view of 100 meters above sea level. Ride to Sintra to enjoy one of the most enchanting places in Portugal. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995, visitors immediately fall in love with Sintra and its stunning location in the hills, where the Pena Palace is located and a historical center of rare beauty.