Estoril is situated on the west coast of Portugal, overlooking Cascais Bay where the River Tagus runs into the Atlantic Ocean. Estoril merges with Cascais 1.5 miles to the west and is about 16 miles west of Lisbon, 8 miles south of Sintra and 21 miles from Lisbon Airport. Eight golf courses are located within a 16 mile radius.
The resort is renowned as a playground for the rich and famous. During the 20th century exiled monarchs, including Juan Carlos of Spain, and WWII refugees (poets, writers, artists, politicians, Jews and even spies) have sought sanctuary along the Estoril coast. If you are looking for an upmarket holiday then Estoril, with its golden sandy beaches, luxurious hotels, ATP tennis tournament, motor-racing track, one of Europe’s biggest casinos and eight golf courses, is the place to be.
From spring to autumn the majority of visitors to Estoril are slightly older, wealthy Europeans. However, accommodation to match a range of budgets means that everyone is welcome with cheap holidays being offered throughout the internet.
The best time to visit Estoril is between May and September when the days are warm and rainful is at the lowest. The hottest months are July and August, when temperatures often reach 30°C (86°F).
Estoril’s busiest beach is the centrally located Praia do Tamariz, which has thatched parasols, showers, a restaurant and an Atlantic Ocean filled swimming pool. To the west Praia Monte Estoril and Cascais’ trio of beaches are also popular. The windy Praia do Guincho (7 miles northwest) is extremely popular with experienced surfers and windsurfers.
Estoril Golf Club boasts two courses (one 18 hole and one 9 hole course), spectacular coastal views and its own swimming pool. North of Estoril, towards Sintra, Estoril Sol is an attractive 9 hole course. The Penha Longa, Quinta da Beloura, Quinta da Marinha and Oitavos courses are slightly further afield.
Estoril’s casino is at the heart of its nightlife scene. The bars in Estoril are very low key at night, however at the height of summer the Tamariz beach esplanade is transformed into a lively open-air disco, the Tamariz Club. If you crave a more energetic nightlife, whatever the season, you should head to Cascais or Lisbon.
In the restaurants at the heart of the resort and along the Estoril Coast boat-fresh seafood is the order of the day. Portuguese meat dishes are also mainstays in many restaurants, with international and Mediterranean influences. Dining alfresco, whilst admiring the fantastic sea views is a must when visiting Estoril.