Nestled in the heart of Estoril lies the picturesque Jardim do Estoril, a sprawling grassy park adorned with majestic palm trees and surrounded by Estoril's finest bars and restaurants. This vibrant hub also hosts several hotels, including the iconic Hotel Palácio, a renowned five-star establishment dating back to the 1930s—an era synonymous with opulence. Once frequented by royalty, the Hotel Palácio exudes timeless elegance and grandeur, earning accolades from esteemed guests like Orson Welles.
Perched atop a gentle slope within the park is the legendary Casino Estoril, a historic landmark built in 1916 and still holding the title of Europe's largest casino. Its illustrious past includes a pivotal role during World War II, where it attracted spies and inspired Ian Fleming's iconic novel "Casino Royale." Today, the casino offers a diverse array of entertainment options, from concerts and cabaret shows to art exhibitions and gaming facilities.
Visitors can indulge in a complete entertainment program each night, featuring traditional gaming rooms, modern slot machines, and international poker tournaments. Additionally, the casino boasts a multi-use auditorium with a seating capacity of over 1000 people, ensuring unforgettable experiences for all guests.
When it comes to dining, Estoril offers an exquisite culinary scene. Estoril Mandarim stands out as one of Europe's most elegant Chinese restaurants, serving authentic Guangdong cuisine. For those craving contemporary Portuguese flavours, Zeno Lounge is celebrated for its innovative dishes, while Nobre Estoril offers a taste of traditional fare, ensuring a culinary journey that delights every palate. | Daily: 15h00 – 03h00
Av. Dr. Stanley Ho, Edifício do Casino Estoril, 2765-190 Estoril, Portugal. 38° 42' 25" N | 09° 23' 51" W
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The beach of São Pedro do Estoril, nestled on the eastern end of Estoril, boasts a picturesque stretch of sand flanked by imposing cliffs. Along its length, an esplanade offers convenient access to several cafes and beach shops, making it a convenient spot for beachgoers. With amenities like a car park and proximity to the train station, accessing this beach is a breeze.
While the rugged bedrock beneath the shoreline may pose a challenge for swimmers, São Pedro do Estoril is a haven for water sports enthusiasts. Its slight point break creates ideal conditions for surfing, particularly for longboarders, with waves breaking towards the middle of the beach. Additionally, the slipway provides easy access for launching jet skis and small boats, adding to the allure of this coastal gem.
As you stroll along the esplanade and coastal path, you'll encounter the historic Forte de Santo Antónia da Barra, a prominent coastal defence structure steeped in history. Nearby, Praia da Azaruijinha awaits, offering a secluded sandy cove for those seeking tranquillity amidst nature's beauty.
Estoril's premier beach destination, Praia do Tamariz, beckons with its inviting stretch of sand and abundance of family-friendly amenities. Alongside its sandy shores, rock pools offer endless exploration opportunities for children, making it an ideal spot for family outings. The adjacent coastal promenade, stretching all the way to Cascais, attracts joggers and dog walkers seeking scenic views and invigorating sea breezes.
Nestled at the eastern edge of Praia do Tamariz stands the majestic 17th-century Forte da Cruz, a historic fortress steeped in maritime heritage. Originally built to safeguard the Tejo estuary and Lisbon from potential threats, this architectural marvel now exudes Tuscan charm following a meticulous restoration overseen by João Martins de Barra. Today, it remains under the ownership of the Monaco royal family.
Venturing westward, visitors encounter the tranquil shores of Praia das Moitas, easily accessible from the Monte Estoril train station and the scenic promenade. Here, a serene seawater swimming pool, known as Piscina Oceânica Alberto Romano, offers safe bathing amidst the rocky terrain.
The official name of the motorsport race track is "Autodromo Fernanda Pires da Silva." From 1984 to 1996, it proudly hosted Portugal's F1 Grand Prix until budget constraints led to its exclusion from Formula One events. Nonetheless, it remains a vibrant venue for top-tier motorsport competitions, welcoming single-seater, sports car, and touring car events such as the FIA GT Championship, the DTM, and the World Series by Renault.
Constructed in 1972 under the direction of Fernanda Pires da Silva and designed by renowned Brazilian architect Ayrton Lolô Cornelsen, the track underwent significant modifications over the years. Notably, in 2000, it enjoyed a redesign of the parabolic bend, reducing its length to 4.2 kilometres (2.6 mi) to meet FIM certification standards. Since then, the Autódromo do Estoril has been the esteemed venue for the Portuguese motorcycle Grand Prix, attracting enthusiasts and competitors alike to its historic circuits.
49 Av. Alfredo César Torres, 2646 - 901 Alcabideche, Estoril, Portugal.
38° 45' 03" N | 09° 23' 39" W
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Also known as Necropolis Eneolítica de Alapraia, this set of four graves found in the northeast of Estoril amongst an urban development is thought to date back to the late Neolithic or Chalcolithic periods. The first of the four was discovered in the early twentieth century by Francisco Oliveira e Paula where it was being used by locals to store cattle and firewood. Although this first cave didn't produce any interesting finds, the remaining three were more fruitful. Afonso do Paço (1895-1968) and Eugénio Jalhay (1891-1950) extrapolated from the high number of funeral ceramics found in these Neolithic burial spaces that they were used over time by different civilisations over several eras.
The caves were hewn out of the living limestone bedrock between 4000BC and 300BC. They have a circular deposition chamber closed at the top by large stone slabs. The entrances of the tombs include a long corridor. There are some similarities between this type of construction and the dolmens found within the Lisbon area. However, it was more common to bury the dead in natural caves, such as in the Grutas do Poço Velho, also in the Cascais area. Similar tombs have been discovered at Necrópole de Carenque (Amadora) and at Quinta do Anjo (Palmela). Today the caves are abandoned. Some caves were deliberately filled in with gravel to protect them. In 1945 the Artificial caves were classified as Monuments of Public Interest.
Largo Afonso do Paço. 2765-011, Estoril, Portugal. | 38° 42' 23.3"N | 09° 22' 38.1"W
The five stars Palácio Estoril offers opulent interiors set in lush gardens with a golf course. Just 200 yards from the Congress Centre and from the Atlantic Ocean, it has four dining outlets and an Asian-inspired spa. Rooms at Palácio Estoril Hotel & Golf are spacious and warmly decorated. They are fitted with every comfort, including a spacious work area and a flat-screen TV. The marble bathroom includes luxury amenities. The Grill Four Seasons offers a selection of Portuguese and international specialities in a sophisticated atmosphere. Guests can also dine in style on the Bougainvillea Terrace. Bar Estoril was a favourite hang-out for spies during World War II. Today the Bar Estoril offers a charming, classical atmosphere where guests can enjoy a pleasant drink overlooking the poolside gardens. The Palácio Estoril Hotel Golf & Spa has a sauna and a Turkish bath. Massage and beauty sessions are available at the Banyan Tree Spa and Estoril Wellness Centre. Guests can enjoy complimentary access to the Banyan Tree Spa's indoor pool, hot tub and Turkish Bath.
Rua Particular, 2769-504 Estoril, Portugal.
38º 42' 18.7" N | 09º 23' 45.8" W
Hotel Estoril Eden is ideally located 200 yards from the beach and a ten-minute stroll from the centre of Cascais. The Monte Estoril train station is a mere two-minute walk away. There is a direct connection to Lisbon in 20 minutes. Hotel Estoril Eden offers two swimming pools, a hot tub and a sauna. The spacious rooms open onto balconies and are equipped with an LCD TV and free Wi-Fi. Rooms also include a kitchenette, air conditioning and a seating area. Each room has an en-suite bathroom with a bathtub and hairdryer. Guests can relax under the palm trees by the outdoor pool or at a table beside the indoor pool. There is also a gym overlooking the pool area and a massage service. The Garden Pateo Restaurant and the sea-view Bellevue Bar offer live piano music most evenings. Guests can also enjoy a snack at the Bistrot Bar.
209 Avenida de Sabóia, 2769-502 Estoril, Portugal.
38º 42' 14.6" N | 09º 24' 29.1" W
Only a three-minute walk from the Convention Centre, the charming Inglaterra features a panoramic restaurant and a rooftop outdoor swimming pool complete with a classic car decorating the sun lounger area. Tamariz beach is a ten-minute stroll away, Poça Beach is only a five-minute walk. The centre of Cascais and all its amenities are just over a mile away. The hotel has recently been renovated by a Swedish decorator and now offers elegant rooms decorated in soft colours. The rooms offer views of Estoril and the Atlantic Ocean. All rooms are equipped with a private bathroom and a flat-screen cable TV. Suites are themed by colour and have a street view. Some rooms have an extra TV in the bathroom.
There is also the option of a relaxing massage at a discount, which guests can enjoy in the state-of-the-art Spa located within a two-minute walk. Alternatively, guests can curl up in front of the living room's fireplace and enjoy the large TV screen. Hotel Inglaterra serves a scrummy variety of Portuguese and international cuisine in its spacious yet uniquely decorated restaurant, adorned with mannequins and several modern art pieces. Its adjoining terrace offers a pleasant setting to soak up some sun. There is a garden area with a small children's playground. Within easy reach is the Estoril Train Station which connects with Cais do Sodré in Lisbon, a short 20-minute train ride along the beautiful coastline.
Rua do Porto, 1, 2765- 271 Estoril, Portugal.
38º 42' 19.4" N | 09º 23' 42.7" W
An excellent Chinese restaurant that serves genuine Guangdong cuisine in pleasant oriental surroundings. The food is always excellently prepared and presented. The staff are very friendly, professional and helpful. The restaurant is attached to the front of the Casino and offers great views out to sea. The best Chinese cuisine in the Lisbon area if not, in fact, the whole of Portugal, look out for their Peking Duck, absolutely delicious.
Wednesday - Sunday: 12h00 - 15h00/19h00 - 23h00, Monday & Tuesday: CLOSED
Casino Estoril, Avenida Doutor Stanley Ho, Lisbon 2765-237, Portugal. | 38º 42' 23.5" N | 09º 23' 51.3" W
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An attractive location on the boulevard that overlooks the beach and 180º sea views. An ideal spot for a grilled fish lunch or just to wet your whistle. The fish is as fresh as possible and locally caught. The prices are very reasonable considering the fantastic location.
Daily: 12h00 - 15h00/19h30 - 22h00
Passeio Marítimo do Estoril, Praia das Moitas, 2765-043 Estoril, Portugal. | 38º 42" 12.5' N | 09º 24" 12.3' W
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