One place, a thousand sensations.
Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the south and the west, the Estoril Coast extends from Carcavelos to the northern boundary of the Municipality of Cascais.
The Estoril Coast has always had an excellent climate and the natural environment has been favourable for Man, whose earliest traces date back to the Palaeolithic period, and long before humans, for dinosaurs, whose footprints remain clearly marked in several places in the region.
The Estoril Coast is widely regarded as the Portuguese Riviera. Its climate is pleasant and conditions are never extreme. Winters are temperate and summers are mild. Autumn is especially pleasant, just like a second spring.Right at the heart of the Estoril Coast is the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, offering an amazing variety of environments and landscapes, including Europe’s most westerly point, the Roca Cape.
Only a short distance from Lisbon, the Region is served by the capital’s international airport, as well as by the Municipal Aerodrome of Tires and by an excellent network of roads and the railway.
As well as the variety of wonderful experiences the Estoril Coast offers visitors, it is only about half an hour away from Lisbon by car or by train. Lisbon is one of the oldest and most fascinating capital cities of Europe, it has everything a city can provide: a unique atmosphere, good shopping, entertainment of all types and a wealth of cultural activities.If you drive west you will see a mountain rising up majestically, casting a shadow of romantic mystery over the town of Sintra, which nestles in the northern foothills.
Sintra’s rich cultural heritage includes the Moorish Castle, Pena Palace, the Sintra National Palace, and many other buildings of historical interest which, together with the mountains and the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, are classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
North of Sintra lies the Municipality of Mafra, an unspoilt area of traditional farms and villages. As can be expected in rural Portugal, the cooking is delicious, with a range of local specialities including the famous Negrais suckling pig.The amazing town of Mafra lies at the northern limit of the region. The huge walls of the vast 17th century National Palace and Convent of Mafra seem to rise up out of nowhere. An enormous church, famous for its bells and an exquisite library are among its many attractions. The grounds, formerly the royal hunting grounds, are now a wildlife reserve where deer graze freely. Visitors can learn about the ancient art of falconry, and participate in orienteering and other adventure sports.
What makes the Estoril Coast such an exciting and unique destination is its great variety of environments and its contrasting landscapes, all in such a small area.