Since the 19th Century, Estoril has been a popular holiday area for the nobility and the royal family. Since then, grand hotels and Europe's biggest casino were built to welcome guests.
Today the Casino remains a popular entertainment spot, with restaurants, a nightclub, musicals and shows, and multitude of slot machines. Estoril has also some of Portugal’s finest golf courses, international events like MotoGP at Estoril Circuit and the Estoril Open as well as the Music Jazz Festival.
Some of the most popular landmarks of Estoril include Casa de Verdades de Faria, which houses the beautiful Museum of Portuguese Music and St. Anthony's Church, a beautiful church, popular for weddings.
Beside the Sea
Estoril's Tamariz beach is one of the most popular beaches in the area. It’s located right in front of the casino and is usually crowded during the summer, with live DJs providing musical entertainment. It is easily recognisable – just look out for the stunning castle. Another popular pick is the Praia de Carcavelos, a wide golden sand beach that offers great conditions for surfing. If you’re looking for a little peace and quiet, Sao Pedro do Estoril Beach is the one for you.
Take the train to Cais do Sodré and visit the historic Lisbon downtown area, the Sé Cathedral and the castle. Take the tram in Praça do Comércio to explore the charming streets of Alfama or Belém district. Here you can visit the famous custard tarts factory and taste the typical ‘Pastéis de nata’, while admiring the monuments to the Age of Discovery, such as Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery. If you appreciate modern architecture head to the Park of Nations, with its cathedral-shaped train station, cable car and famous aquarium.
Visit Cabo da Rocha
This is the westernmost point of Europe and has dramatic cliffs by the sea. There is also a lighthouse and scenic paths you can follow along the cliffs.
Sintra is only 15 minutes away from Estoril by car. This town is classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site with palaces designed in the Romantic style, all set against the backdrop of a Nature Park. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Palácio da Pena, Quinta de Regaleira and the Moorish Castle.