The Estoril Coast has proximity to Lisbon and high desirability due to its natural beauty and glamour. This area is a sea of possibilities and a destination of a thousand sensations.
All that you need for a perfect stay, is within a 20Km reach. The diversity and richness of the landscape is set between the quirky charm of Lisbons architecture. The area is full of international, sporting and cultural events. The possibilites are endless.
S.Joao- Sao Joao offers beautiful coastal walks and bar side restaurants all within walking distance of Villa Sao Paulo. It also over looks Fort of São Pedro which was built in 1642 as a defense base over looking the coast. If you want to try some famous handmade portuguese ice-cream you need to go to Santinis a family business opened in 1949, for the best ice-cream around.
Cascais is a beautiful coastal town which mixes traditional and modern portuguese architecture with ease to give it quirky charm. Its beauty makes it a subject matter for many artists with its bustling atmosphere of cafes, tasty restaurants, shopping streets and small harbor. You can take it easy in one of the waterfront cafes over looking the fisherman's boat moorings. Alternatively you can visit places of cultural and historical interest such as Casa das Histórias Paula Rego which is currently exhibiting Paulo Regos lifes works of art or Museu de Mar which sheds light on the coasts Maritime history.
Bordering Sao Joao Estoril has lovely coastal walks, great beaches and many restaurants all over looking the stunning coastline. If you are feeling lucky why not visit Estoril Casino, see what they have showing in the auditorium or go and visit their upstairs art gallery.
Sun bathing in the Estoril Coast
The warmest and sunny days of Spring or the beginning of the Summer may be enjoyed with a simple walk by the sea, a soft-drink in one the terraces near the beach or, why not, sunbathing in the Estoril Coast beaches.
The average temperatures of the air and water during the months from June to September range from 21ºC and 17ºC and the beaches have lifeguards. The sea status is controlled and signalized by flags: the green flag means means the sea is calm, it is possible to swim and dive in safety; the yellow flag requires that visitors be vigilant and it is advised against swimming and the red flag means danger and imprudence when entering the water.
Walks in the Cascais "paredão"
For those the prefer the pool, you'll find the Tamariz (Estoril) pool a good alternative for fun. After the beach or pool, the late afternoons may be spent with a walk on the by-the-sea route, known has "Paredão", between Cascais and São João do Estoril, that has showers available for the visitors, water spouts, rest benches and good lights, for the course of 3 Kilometers.
Our visitor may also explore a set of routes near the coast in which it is possible to observe the rich natural heritage of the region. Here are some interesting places: Boca do Inferno, Duna Dóssil de Oitavos, Cabo Raso, Guincho, Sintra Hills and the Cabo da Roca.
Carcavelos - 5.4 km
Carcavelosis a parish in the Portuguese municipality of Cascais, about 12 km west of Lisbon. The village used to be known for the Carcavelos wine, but since the wine production is nowadays reduced, Carcavelos is better known among surfers because of the good surfing condition of the Carcavelos beach.
Carcavelos also marks the mouth of the Tejo River. To the east side of the Carcavelos beach there is a huge fortification named Forte de São Julião da Barra. It was used to protect the Tejo river entrance from enemy ships.
Guincho beach is one of the largest beach in Cascais - Estoril Coast in Portugal. It lies precisely in Guincho Road, which follows the coastline from the town of Cascais and will connect to Sintra.
Guincho Beach is renowned as one of the most stunning beaches in the Lisbon area. The clear waters and favorable atmospheric and wave conditions – strong winds and towering waves – encourage surfers of all kinds to spend days or even entire vacations here.In fact, this particular coastline has a history of having been the “host” of world surfing contests.
The picture is completed by fine sand dunes and amazing sunsets not to miss by any tourist who intends to grasp quite a few special moments in Portugal.