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Top 7 Things To Do in Estoril

This city is fit for royalty -- King Luís I chose Estoril bay for his summer residence in the late 19th Center. Thereafter, the rich and famous historically came to Estoril, and it's not lost any of its elegance and charm. It's a stylish beach resort located on the beautiful coastline west of vibrant Lisbon. There's more reasonably priced accommodation too, so no need to be afraid of any exclusivity!

  • Beaches

    1. Beaches

    Among the most popular are Guincho Beach with constant waves, the calmer Abano Beach, and Santa Marta Beach and Ribeira Beach which offer a disco, restaurants, shops, train, and bus stops.

  • Day Trip to Sintra

    2. Day Trip to Sintra

    These bold, bright, lavish buildings built for Portuguese nobility set in the hills are a must-see. Why not combine the Pena Palace, the National Palace, and the Moors castle.

  • Casino

    3. Casino

    Casion Royale was named after this legendary place. Take a gamble in Europe's first and largest casino, used as a hideout for espionage agents and royals during World War II.

  • Visit the Town of Cascais

    4. Visit the Town of Cascais

    Famous for the ‘Jaws of Hell’ or ‘Boca do Inferno', this is an inlet surrounded by caves and steep rocks -- check out the castle ruins, museums, beaches, golf, and watersports.

  • Castelo Dos Mouros Sintra (Moors Castle)

    5. Castelo Dos Mouros Sintra (Moors Castle)

    This 9th century ruin was built in pine forests to protect the fertile lands of Sintra, but was defeated by Christian crusades. Great views are guaranteed over Sintra.

  • Museu Dos Exilios

    6. Museu Dos Exilios

    More than just a museum, this place is a memorial for refugees and exiles who, particularly around WWII, sought shelter. Archives, photos, and film footage are worth delving into.

  • Estoril Circuit

    7. Estoril Circuit

    Motor racing geeks will especially love this well established venue on the Formula I circuit, used for cars, motorbikes, and go-karts, and perfectly located on a rocky plateau.

Frequently asked questions about Estoril

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Planning Your Visit

  • Can I get here straight from Lisbon Airport?

    Yes, Estoril is 18 miles west of Lisbon and you can get there by an inexpensive and quick train ride.

  • Do they speak English outside the major cities?

    People who work in the tourist industry are constantly exposed to English speaking tourists, media, and culture. There will be no problems, though it's always appreciated if you try some basic Portuguese.

Good to know

  • Language
    Portuguese
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +351
  • Best time to visit
    This area enjoys a mild temperature year-round, with June and July reaching peaks in mid 70s Fahrenheit and winter only dropping to low 50s Fahrenheit. Visit at any time and you'll be able to enjoy the outdoors and explore in perfect comfort.

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What people are saying about Estoril

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 4,163 reviews

This was a last minute booking as we were let down on another tour from tripadvisor night before . We were sceptical that anyone would turn up but we were met promptly outside our hotel by our guide Miguel . He was a pleasure to spend a day with , an intelligent , multilingual ex engineer now spending his time looking after tourists . He was always asking us if we would like to alter the timetable or locations and flexible throughout . He impressed us with his knowledge and patience and gave us tips on where to go at the various locations we visited . I won’t bore you with the itinerary but suffice to say it exceeded our expectations and the Peña palace is stunning . Thoroughly recommend

Excellent trip ! We did this trip end of Oct'21 and had a 'clear sky' weather condition when visiting the Pena Palace, so warmly appreciated and recommended. We had also an excellent guide & driver 'Mario' who was very enthousiastic, provided us a lot of tips and information in a relaxed atmosphere. Bottom line: highly recommended day trip

Amazing experience. Totally worth it. The most beautiful palace I have ever seen. The guide had a lot of knowledge about the palace.

The transfer was efficient and hassle free despite our plane arriving late.

The guide was absolutely awesome. The tour is really good and informative.