Top attractions in Estoril
Top 7 Things To Do in Estoril
This city is fit for royalty -- King Luís I chose Estoril bay for his summer residence in the late 19th Center. Thereafter, the rich and famous historically came to Estoril, and it's not lost any of its elegance and charm. It's a stylish beach resort located on the beautiful coastline west of vibrant Lisbon. There's more reasonably priced accommodation too, so no need to be afraid of any exclusivity!
Among the most popular are Guincho Beach with constant waves, the calmer Abano Beach, and Santa Marta Beach and Ribeira Beach which offer a disco, restaurants, shops, train, and bus stops.
2. Day Trip to Sintra
These bold, bright, lavish buildings built for Portuguese nobility set in the hills are a must-see. Why not combine the Pena Palace, the National Palace, and the Moors castle.
Casion Royale was named after this legendary place. Take a gamble in Europe's first and largest casino, used as a hideout for espionage agents and royals during World War II.
4. Visit the Town of Cascais
Famous for the ‘Jaws of Hell’ or ‘Boca do Inferno', this is an inlet surrounded by caves and steep rocks -- check out the castle ruins, museums, beaches, golf, and watersports.
5. Castelo Dos Mouros Sintra (Moors Castle)
This 9th century ruin was built in pine forests to protect the fertile lands of Sintra, but was defeated by Christian crusades. Great views are guaranteed over Sintra.
6. Museu Dos Exilios
More than just a museum, this place is a memorial for refugees and exiles who, particularly around WWII, sought shelter. Archives, photos, and film footage are worth delving into.
7. Estoril Circuit
Motor racing geeks will especially love this well established venue on the Formula I circuit, used for cars, motorbikes, and go-karts, and perfectly located on a rocky plateau.
Planning Your Visit
Can I get here straight from Lisbon Airport?
Yes, Estoril is 18 miles west of Lisbon and you can get there by an inexpensive and quick train ride.
Do they speak English outside the major cities?
People who work in the tourist industry are constantly exposed to English speaking tourists, media, and culture. There will be no problems, though it's always appreciated if you try some basic Portuguese.
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- Best time to visit
- This area enjoys a mild temperature year-round, with June and July reaching peaks in mid 70s Fahrenheit and winter only dropping to low 50s Fahrenheit. Visit at any time and you'll be able to enjoy the outdoors and explore in perfect comfort.
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What people are saying about Estoril
Wow! You need to do this, it’s all good and well finding your own way to Pena palace but there is just an incredible amount of symbolism used throughout the architectural complex which was explained thoroughly by our exceedingly knowledge tour guide. Her English was impeccable and her knowledge of Portuguese history was incredible! I have learned so much from this culturally enriching experience. Additionally we were able to visit 3 other key places in sintra, Costa da roca and cascais, tasting the best local gelatos and pastries. I don’t see any other way of visiting these places other than this. Great value for money totally worth every penny! Thank you Paula for your thorough explanations and dedication to our joy, we weren’t the most punctual group when it came to rendezvous. But she was totally understanding that we wanted to explore. But given the fact she had to do this everyday she was brilliant and so patient. Thank you so much!
I didn't have enough time to go around Lisbon, so I decided to take this tour, and it became the hallmark of my whole trip! Maria (my tour guide) was very knowledgeable with a huge amount of interesting facts about the sites we have been too and an extremely nice personality that made me feel like I am on a trip with an amazing friend instead of just a tour guide. I can definitely say she is the best tour guide I have ever met. She also gave advices on the types things I can eat/drink in the Sintra village, and I must say she definitely knows what will get you to lick your fingers! The sights selection is awesome, especially Pena Palace and Cabo Da Roca. If you are in Lisbon and you haven't seen these places yet, booking this tour is definitely the most important thing you should do.
This was a great tour and really good to give you a glimpse of places outside of Lisbon. It was worth the early start to see Sintra before it gets too busy. Our guide, Reneta was very knowledgeable and friendly and was really easy-going. We could ask questions and chat as well as have the formal tour. It was well paced and enough time was given in each of the places visited although a little more time in Cascais may have been nice.
Maria was really the best of the best, I enjoyed this day trip and Maria was making sure that we were entertained and The Pena palace and the history of it was interesting and knowledgeable. I am glad I went to this tour as I have learned so much that day. Thank you so much Maria.
José is an excellent guide! Very knowledgeable and full of energy. Sintra is really nice and we booked a short trip because the weather was turning bad for the afternoon. Would've totally spent 1-2h longer to visit monuments inside. Next time!