The beautiful coastline that extends west from Lisbon has been one of the most cosmopolitan and popular tourist regions in Portugal for centuries. Its close proximity to the capital along with its fine micro-climate has drawn Lisbon's well-to-do to establish their holiday villas and mansions there. Today the Estoril-Cascais Coast and its fine resorts make a popular day trip out of Lisbon.
Carcavelos wines lost their prestigious status due to a string of unfortunate events. Phylloxera came to the area at the end of the 19th century and devastated an already dwindling industry. The urban spread of Lisbon saw many of the vineyards bulldozed to be replaced by apartments. Over the last few decades, this quirky fortified wine is experiencing a quiet comeback and new vines are now being planted. The recovery is sponsored by the Municipality of Oeiras and has privatised a winery in the area under the brand ‘Villa Oeiras’. Local grape varieties such as Arinto, Galego Dourado and Ratinho are the mainstay. The wine is fortified using Aguardente da Lourinhã, a fine Portuguese brandy before being aged in oak barrels and blended. A very small wine region that covers part of the municipalities of both Cascais and Oeiras. It produces a fortified wine known as “Vinho Generoso”. The Carcavelos wine gained fame in the 18th Century when the Marquês de Pombal owned a large vineyard and winery. The wine is high in alcohol content, topaz-coloured with a nutty aroma and slightly dry. It was popular with the Duke of Wellington’s officers during the Peninsular War. On record is the high price fetched for Carcavelos wine at Christie’s first-ever auction in London in 1769. The desirability of Carcavelos wine inspired many fakes and imitations.
Carcavelos wines lost their prestigious status due to a string of unfortunate events. Phylloxera came to the area at the end of the 19th century and devastated an already dwindling industry. The urban spread of Lisbon saw many of the vineyards bulldozed to be replaced by apartments. Over the last few decades, this quirky fortified wine is experiencing a quiet comeback and new vines are now being planted. The recovery is sponsored by the Municipality of Oeiras and has privatised a winery in the area under the brand ‘Villa Oeiras’. Local grape varieties such as Arinto, Galego Dourado and Ratinho are the mainstay. The wine is fortified using Aguardente da Lourinhã, a fine Portuguese brandy before being aged in oak barrels and blended.
The five stars Palácio Estoril offers opulent interiors set in lush gardens with a golf course. Just 200 yards from the Congress Centre and from the Atlantic Ocean, it has four dining outlets and an Asian-inspired spa. Rooms at Palácio Estoril Hotel & Golf are spacious and warmly decorated. They are fitted with every comfort, including a spacious work area and a flat-screen TV. The marble bathroom includes luxury amenities. The Grill Four Seasons offers a selection of Portuguese and international specialities in a sophisticated atmosphere. Guests can also dine in style on the Bougainvillea Terrace. Bar Estoril was a favourite hang-out for spies during World War II. Today the Bar Estoril offers a charming, classical atmosphere where guests can enjoy a pleasant drink overlooking the poolside gardens. The Palácio Estoril Hotel Golf & Spa has a sauna and a Turkish bath. Massage and beauty sessions are available at the Banyan Tree Spa and Estoril Wellness Centre. Guests can enjoy complimentary access to the Banyan Tree Spa's indoor pool, hot tub and Turkish Bath.
Rua Particular, 2769-504 Estoril, Portugal.
38º 42' 18.7" N | 09º 23' 45.8" W
Situated in a picturesque area with a breathtaking view over the Atlantic, five minutes walk out of Cascais town, close to Cascais Fortress and Gandarinha Municipal Park. Hotel Farol offers thirty-three luxury stylish air-conditioned rooms overlooking the sea and an amazing garden, with a private balcony or terrace. All rooms are equipped with minibars, Cable TV, safes, wireless Internet access; private bathrooms feature a shower and jetted tub, bathrobes and slippers.
Farol Hotel, Av. Rei Humberto II de Italia 7, Cascais, 2750 800, Portugal.
38º 41' 25.2" N | 09º 25' 20" W | +351 214 823 490 | email@example.com
Only a three-minute walk from the Convention Centre, the charming Inglaterra features a panoramic restaurant and a rooftop outdoor swimming pool complete with a classic car decorating the sun lounger area. Tamariz beach is a ten-minute stroll away, Poça Beach is only a five-minute walk. The centre of Cascais and all its amenities are just over a mile away. The hotel has recently been renovated by a Swedish decorator and now offers elegant rooms decorated in soft colours. The rooms offer views of Estoril and the Atlantic Ocean. All rooms are equipped with a private bathroom and a flat-screen cable TV. Suites are themed by colour and have a street view. Some rooms have an extra TV in the bathroom.
There is also the option of a relaxing massage at a discount, which guests can enjoy in the state-of-the-art Spa located within a two-minute walk. Alternatively, guests can curl up in front of the living room's fireplace and enjoy the large TV screen. Hotel Inglaterra serves a scrummy variety of Portuguese and international cuisine in its spacious yet uniquely decorated restaurant, adorned with mannequins and several modern art pieces. Its adjoining terrace offers a pleasant setting to soak up some sun. There is a garden area with a small children's playground. Within easy reach is the Estoril Train Station which connects with Cais do Sodré in Lisbon, a short 20-minute train ride along the beautiful coastline.
Rua do Porto, 1, 2765- 271 Estoril, Portugal.
38º 42' 19.4" N | 09º 23' 42.7" W
An excellent Chinese restaurant which serves genuine Guangdong cuisine in pleasant oriental style surroundings. The food is always excellently prepared and presented. The staff are very friendly, professional and helpful. The restaurant is attached to the front of the Casino and offers great views out to sea. The best Chinese cuisine in the Lisbon area if not infect the whole of Portugal, look out for their Peking Duck, absolutely delicious.
Wednesday - Sunday: 12h00 - 15h00/19h00 - 23h00, Monday & Tuesday: CLOSED
Casino Estoril, Avenida Doutor Stanley Ho, Lisbon 2765-237, Portugal. | 38º 42' 23.5" N | 09º 23' 51.3" W
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Formerly a traditional fisherman's tavern, situated right in the heart of the Old Town between the sea and the fishmarket, O Pescador Restaurant is as famous for its wine cellar as it is for the delicious fresh seafood it serves. A talented chef prepares light, modern dishes with a delicate touch and a real understanding of flavour. Aided by the fact that, thanks to its marina location, Cascais offers some of the best fish and seafood available, freshly caught in the Atlantic waters offshore, there is a real emphasis on fresh ingredients and good quality which is guaranteed not to leave guests disappointed.
Try the Algarve oysters, full of the flavours of the sea, for a quality start to your meal. Other favourites include carpaccio of tuna and swordfish and octopus. Lobster, freshly handpicked from the lobster tank is a favourite for the main course. Try the red prawns tossed with coriander and thin slices of garlic or, for meat lovers, tenderloin steak in Dijon mustard sauce.
Monday - Saturday: 12h00 - 15h00/19h00 - 23h00, Sunday: CLOSED
10-B Rua das Flores, Cascais, 2750-348, Portugal. | 38º 41' 54" N | 09º 25' 9.1" W
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A pretty location on the boulevard which over looks the beach and 180º sea views. An ideal spot for a grilled fish lunch or just to wet your whistle. The fish is as fresh as possible and locally caught. Prices are very reasonable considering the amazing location.
Daily: 12h00 - 15h00/19h30 - 22h00
Passeio Marítimo do Estoril, Praia das Moitas, 2765-043 Estoril, Portugal. | 38º 42" 12.5' N | 09º 24" 12.3' W
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|Only 21.6 miles (34.7km) west of Lisbon Portela Airport
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Latitude - 38º 41' 49.1" | Longitude - 09º 25' 13.9"
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