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Things to Do in Estoril, Portugal

Estoril is the premier resort town of the Lisbon coastline, and the whole area makes for a fantastic holiday destination. Estoril has much more to offer than just golden sands and beautiful weather: this guide will provide an overview of the major activities and different things to do while on holiday in Estoril.

The Beaches of Estoril

No resort town could flourish without outstanding beaches, and the Estoril coastline has some of the finest beaches of central Portugal to offer.

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The pretty and family friendly beaches of Estoril - at low season!

The beaches closest to Estoril are calm, family friendly affairs, while further around the coast there are wild and rugged surfing beaches that experience the full force of the Atlantic Ocean. The coastline towards Lisbon is served by an inexpensive railway and the most popular beach in this direction is the Praia de Carcavelos.

Guincho Beach

The coastline north of Estoril

Visit Lisbon - Things to Do During an Estoril Holiday

Few beach resorts can boast a close proximity to a major city.... and Lisbon is not just a major city; it is a great city! Lisbon offers countless tourist attractions, heaps of culture and a never ending nightlife.

Lisbon castle

Lisbon castle high above the city

It is generally accepted that it takes three full days to explore the capital, and Estoril makes for a great base from which to explore Lisbon. Lisbon is connected to Estoril by an inexpensive train service, which runs late into the night and is only 20 minutes away. For an extensive tourist guide to Lisbon, please click here.

Praça do Comércio

The stunning Praça do Comércio in Lisbon

Eating Traditional Portuguese Food

The Portuguese way of life revolves around the dinner table and meal times and this passion for food is extended to the fine restaurants that are located in Estoril. Portuguese cooking is based around the fresh catch from the sea or Bacalhau (salted codfish) which supposedly has 365 different ways to be cooked. The Portuguese have a very sweet tooth and their cakes are irresistible. Estoril is a great place to try delicious new foods and sample Portugal’s fine and inexpensive wines.

Day Trip to Sintra

Sintra is the most popular day trip from Lisbon and the Estoril coastline. Sintra is a picturesque town set amongst the pine covered hills of the Serra de Sintra, and the location of two grand palaces and the ruins of an ancient castle. Sintra is also a walker’s paradise with hill trails sneaking through the lush forests and skirting around the steep hills. There is a direct bus service from Estoril to Sintra and the town easily takes a full day of exploring. For a complete guide to Sintra, please click here.

Pena Palace in Sintra

The stunning Pena Palace in Sintra

Surfing at Praia do Guincho - Things to Do

The Praia do Guincho beach faces the might of the Atlantic Ocean, so the coast is battered by massive waves - just perfect for surfing and body boarding. The surf at Praia do Guincho is considered by professionals as one of the best in the world, and the national park setting adds to the allure of the beach. On the beach equipment can be hired and lessons provided, but the powerful waves and currents are not suited for children. For a guide to the Praia do Guincho please click here.

Guincho Beach

Guincho Beach is ideal for surfing and body boarding

Visit The Town of Cascais

Cascais found favour with the Portuguese nobility during the 19th century and the aristocracy soon followed constructing charming summerhouses and stately homes. Cascais has an abundance of architecturally interesting buildings and unlike many other bland beach resorts Cascais is a joy to wander and discover. The added bonus is that all of the town’s museums and stately house are free to enter. Cascais is only a short walk along the promenade from Estoril.

Visiting the End of the World

Cabo da Roca is the most westerly point of mainland Europe and until the 14th century, it was believed to be the end of the known world. The region boasts dramatic walks and spectacular views out across the wind-blown and barren landscapes which end at massive cliffs and raging seas. The Cabo da Roca is a great destination for visitors who love nature's raw power.

Cabo da Roca

Cabo da Roca

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