Estoril - Enchanting Landscapes and World Class Entertainment Published on 12 Jun, 2012 by David Rowat / Google+
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Estoril, Portugal has quickly become a tourist hot spot while retaining the ambience of the charming fishing village it once was. Just 20 minutes from Lisbon, the Estoril coast offers a stunning mix of modern and classical architecture that makes it a unique, beautiful sight to behold and the beaches, accommodations and waterfront activities are some of the best in the world.
World Class Activities; Unwind, Explore, Party
Estoril was once referred to as the "Portuguese Riviera", and when you arrive you'll understand why as you take in the beauty of the surroundings and the accommodations that are literally class personified. The Estorial hotels and resorts offer an innovative combination of the historical and state of the art, with the end result being unmatched hospitality, beauty and top of a line amenities that are sure to fit any traveler's needs. You'll also find that all the best that Estoril has to offer is just steps or minutes away from most accommodations, providing ample opportunity to relax, explore and celebrate your good fortune.
Sports and More
For Harley Davidson classic motorcycle fanatics out there, this years European Rally Cross, starting in June, is guaranteed to be a lot of fun. To top it off there will be a series of festivals going on that literally fill the streets with local food choices, drinks, dancing and music. For golfers, Estoril is home to 7 of Portugal's most popular golf resorts and was even named "Golf Destination of the Year" in Europe. Beyond the sports activities mentioned above, when it comes to Estoril and Lisbon, just think of a sport you're interested in and you'll more than likely find it in Estoril. Portugal's favorite things include fun, food and sports and as with the first two, the possibilities are endless; there's boating, horseback riding, fishing, football, tennis, mountain climbing; the list literally goes on and on.
A History and Art Buff's Paradise
If you're a history buff or a lover of the arts you'll be thrilled with the numerous museums nearby offering everything from local arts, to classic collections of Mosaics, beautifully represent the talents of the Portuguese people. The historically rich past of the Estoril Coast both thrills and astounds every visitor, giving them a chance to step back in time to the days of castles and palaces, leaving them to wonder what it was like to live in Estoril centuries ago.
Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, a UNESCO classified World Heritage site, graced by the breathtaking blue of the Atlantic Ocean is, by itself, a reason to visit. This magnificent park reaches from the mountains to the sea and is filled with countless natural and historical sites and towns like Sintra with its romantic 8th and 9th century architectural wonders including castles, royal retreats and estates. You'll also find regal palaces from the 15th to 19th century that are spectacular. Cascais, dating back to the 12th century, offers its own rich history dating back to their fishing village roots, offering its own beautiful ancient architecture and miles of beautiful, sandy beaches. You'll be amazed with the rich history that abounds here and get a chance to experience first hand all the area's best festivities that liven up the beaches and historic towns year round, thanks to the near perfect weather.
Food, Drink and Entertainment
When it comes to cuisine, you're guaranteed the freshest seafood you've ever had the opportunity to indulge yourself in, and the mild climate guarantees an impressive selection of delicious delicacies. To put an unforgettable final touch on any meal, you'll have your pick of an extensive selection of world famous Portuguese red wines, available in most of the local restaurants.
As far as entertainment, Estoril and most of Lisbon's cities start off their most popular festivities in June with their streets, storefronts and cafe's celebrating life in general. If you are a music fan the 38th Estoril music festival will be going on this summer and it will include a huge collection of artists, music experts, and young entries attempting to hone their craft and more. There are also festivities that take place in honor of the regions famous religious figures in which the locals adorn the streets and celebrate through music, food, dance and ceremony.
Beyond the joyous celebrations and exciting outdoor adventures, Estoril is more than anything the perfect place to unwind, enjoy a spa day, do a little shopping, work on your tan on the beach or even enjoy a little gambling if it suits you. It's hard to imagine any vacation destination that offers as many world class activities in one, astounding location.
Published in Guide to Portugal