Villa Sao Paulo was built in 1911 by Mrs Benedita Alves de Mello - a Portuguese lady who made her fortune in Brazil, with coffee. The Villa has several antique tile pannels about the portuguese discovery of Brazil, including the first catolic service in Brazil, in the year 1500.
The name of the Villa was inspired by both the city of São Paulo (biggest metropolis of Brazil) and St. Paul, to whom the Lady was very devoted.
Mrs. Benedita built the Villa for her large Family Summer gatherings. The choice of Estoril hasn´t a coincidence:
At the end of the 19th century King D.Luis made the town of Cascais his summer home. This completely changed the infrastructure of the area, as well as many more palaces and chalets being built along the coastline. In 1870 Estoril became the place to be for the royal family, aristocrats and high society and the coastline was soon referred to as the Portuguese Riviera. In 1905 laws changed so more grand hotels, casinos, spa resorts, parks and gardens could be built to further increase the coastlines already impressive status. In 1910, when Villa de Sao Paulo started to be built, there was a revolution which signalled the end of the Portuguese monarchy.
Over the next decades Estoril became a place for the wealthy to build their summer homes and still today is one of the best places to live in the world!!!