| Cascais and Estoril

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About Cascais

Cascais, was originally a little fishermen's and beach town but also the place where the Portuguese royal family came to spend their vacations. With a charming coastal landscape, featuring traditional fishing boats and yachts alike bobbing on the water, this beautiful place is known as the "Land of Kings and Fishermen", where beaches have names like the "Pescadores" (Fishermen), "Duquesa” (Duchess) and “Rainha” (Queen).

The Cascais Fortress is a must see as well, nowadays transformed into a commercial area featuring several different boutiques and a five star hotel. Walking around the fortress will also lead you to the Baia de Cascais which still showcases typical fishing boats and a small beach area surrounded by shops, enclosed within cobbled stone floors, 15th, 16th and 17th century sculptures and architecture.

This town also offers an array of museums, including the modern Paula Rego Museum, and is located only 5km from the renowned Guincho beach, lying at the foot of the Sintra hills and facing the Atlantic, a spot that should not be missed. The sand dunes blend subtly with the pine trees, the sea rushes here and there into majestic caverns such as the famous Boca do Inferno, which is well worth a visit.

Estoril, a world-famous resort, is a true cosmopolitan centre with wonderful nightlife spots and all the infrastructure of a summer holiday centre - beaches, excellent hotels, golf courses, a casino and a motor-racing circuit. The centre of this resort is the Park of the Estoril Casino surrounded by arcades and excellent hotels.

In the 1930s Estoril became one of Portugal’s main tourist centres and similar to Cascais, was the chosen place of exile for many deposed European monarchs.

Estoril is a stylish and fashionable Portuguese beach resort that is situated on the beautiful coastline that extends to the west of Lisbon. Estoril strikes the perfect balance between Portuguese charm and excellent tourist facilities, to create the ideal destination for those who want more than just great beaches for their holiday. The town boasts fine restaurants, world-class hotels and the largest casino of the Iberian Peninsula, all of which provide Estoril with a prosperous atmosphere and a reputation for exclusivity.

Within the Cascais and Estoril region, there is a diverse selection of sights and activities; these include glorious beaches, championship grade golf courses and historic towns to explore. Estoril is just a short walk away from the picturesque fishing town of Cascais, while to the north are the scenic hills of the Serra de Sintra and the pretty town of Sintra.

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