Estoril Travel Guide
Overview Sixteen miles (26km) west of Lisbon is the trendy resort town of
Estoril, a cosmopolitan holiday destination with a promenade along
three narrow coarse sandy beaches, luxury hotels, championship golf
courses and some excellent restaurants. During World War II exiled
royalty from all over Europe took refuge here and whiled away their
time gambling in the Estoril's casino, which is one of the largest
in Europe. The town is also known for its summer handicraft fair,
and the nearby Estoril Autodrome, which draws motor racing
Estoril © Enrique A Sanabria
Shopping Shopping is limited in Estoril, mainly confined to mini-market
grocers serving the locals with a few craft shops and vendors along
the beachfront. Souvenirs are available but for a real shopping
spree while on holiday, visitors have to head for the large Cascais
Shopping Centre a few miles away.
Restaurants The Estoril resort has a modest selection of restaurants serving
both local dishes and international fare, but most tend to be
rather upmarket and expensive. There are some laid-back cafes
around the casino, and casual eateries along the promenade. For a
superb dining experience one cannot beat the Four Seasons in the
Palácio Hotel, Rua do Parque, where the gourmet menu extends
from sole meneure to wild boar cutlets. An excellent fish
restaurant, next to the casino, is the Costa do Estoril, a good
place to indulge in the Portuguese favourite codfish.
Nightlife The main drawcard after dark in Estoril is the famed casino,
which not only caters for gamblers and slot machine addicts, but
also offers a flashy cabaret show. When it comes to clubs and pubs,
the options are better in nearby Cascais.
Activities Besides the beaches (which can become very overcrowded in
summer) Estoril is not short of things to do while on holiday. It
is particularly well equipped for golfers, and therefore draws
plenty of visitors who enjoy the old, established championship golf
course. Tennis has also put Estoril on the map, its annual Tennis
Open in April having ensured that the local tennis club offers
plenty of state of the art courts, which guests can enjoy. There is
a music museum to browse through in the town, and boat excursions
on offer. When Estoril's attractions start to pall, visitors can
enjoy a walk along the esplanade to Cascais to see what is
happening in this lively neighbouring resort.
Negatives Estoril is a sedate seaside destination, not suited to children
or young party animals.