Estoril Mini Guide
Estoril in a Nutshell
Estoril is a seaside resort, near to Lisbon
, the capital of Portugal. It used to be a fishing port but became a resort after World War II, when exiled dignitaries stayed there. It is a town of faded grandeur having once turned itself into a Portuguese Benidorm
but is still a cosmopolitan playground for tourists. The authorities are trying to follow Benidorm's example and raise the status of the resort. This area was previously known as the Portuguese Riviera.
Getting to Estoril
If you are travelling from a destination outside Portugal, the best way to get there is to fly. There are many international destinations that fly into Lisbon Airport
and Estoril is just 20km away. It is easy to get from Lisbon to Estoril using bus or train and you can hire a car or use taxis too.
What can I do There?
Take a swim and sunbathe at Tamariz Beach and admire the Cruz Fort there, now owned by the royal family of Monaco
. Stroll along the promenade to Cascais and stop off at a beach view restaurant or café on the way and look out for the Boca do Inferno or mouth of hell, a cave attraction. If you are feeling lucky, visit the famous Casino Estoril, the largest casino in Europe, it is said to be the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s James Bond novel, Casino Royale. If you fancy a game of golf, head for the Clube de Golfe de Estoril or choose from another nine courses in the area.
Out and About
There is a lot to do in this area! If you get tired of the beach you can use your hire car to get to the nation's elegant capital, Lisbon and shop or see all the attractions the city has to offer. For a quiet day out, head for Sintra Cascais National Park. Take a short walk to Cascais
and enjoy the marina and restaurants. For a little history, drive to Sintra and see the palaces and moorish castle with a mountain backdrop.
What Food and Drink Should I try?
Visit the Vinho de Carcavelos winery at Colares and sample the best in local red wine. Estoril and nearby Cascais are well known for their unique but traditional dishes including fish such as striped sea bass and sole and rare types of shellfish. Try the local sweet egg and cream desserts too.
Are There any Special Events?
Estoril plays host to many special events, especially sports – tennis and golf championships are held here as well as sailing regattas. The Estoril Circuit was previously used for Formula One motor racing and is now used for motorcycle events. In July and August, the Estoril Crafts Fair is held and you can see folk dancing displays and artisanal works or sample Portuguese food. In October, The Lisbon and Estoril Film Festival is held there.
I Want to Stay a few Days…
You can stay at the Hotel Londres, a 3 star hotel close to Tamariz Beach. It has 118 rooms with modern facilities and an outdoor pool and bar. You can try some local dishes at the Sal and Pimenta Restaurant. A newsagents and hairdressers are also on-site.