When I think of Portugal I automatically associate it with Lisbon, a city I called home for 6 months when I was studying there. I never really took the time to explore the cities and the surroundings which is a pity when you realize how much Portugal has to offer. At just 20 min from Lisbon for example you’ll discover the Costa de Estoril, a cosmopolitan playing field by the sea with noted golf courses and Europe’s largest casino.
1. I Am Sailing
There’s something glamorous about Costa de Estoril and sailing is one of those cool activities glamorous people do If you want to enjoy the water without getting wet, sailing is the perfect option throughout the year. Several sailing companies offer sailing boats for couples, friends and families and if you’re feeling adventurous try competing with one another. Gives you the perfect opportunity to learn all the ins & outs of sailing + it’s great for team building.
2. Golf For Dummies
Most golfers I know have been golfing for years and they all know the best destination to go golfing. But where do you go when you want to learn how to golf? To Estoril! At Oitavo Dunes they offer a golf clinic suitable for beginners and amateurs searching to perfect their skill. By midst of modern technology, the V1 Professional swing analysis program and the Explanar you’ll learn how to (perfect your) swing.
When it gets down to it, it’s all about taking the right position and holding the golf club in the right way. Once you nailed it you can start to swing in full force.
3. Natural Park Sintra-Cascais
The Costa de Estoril offers many playgrounds for active sports from swimming, surfing to outdoor activities in nature. The Natural Park Sintra – Cascais is probably the most versatile one of them all with different landscapes such as sand dunes, forests, lakes, high cliffs and the imposing Cabo da Roca in the center of the Sintra Mountains. The park is huge and you could easily take a whole day to spend here. Most people that visit come to bike, hike or simply walk around and enjoy the nature & views.
4. Cabo da Roca (Roca Cape)
The Roca Cape is the most western point of Europe where you can enjoy stunning views across and along the coastline of Cabo da Roca (Roca Cape). (to reach it take bus 403 from behind the train station) Beside the amazing view the lighthouse and a landmark cross bearing an inscription by Portuguese poet Luis de Camões stating that here, “land ends and the sea begins” stand out. If you want proof that you visited the most western point in Europe a tourism office on the site provides visitors with a certificate stating that they have visited Roca Cape.
If you can, visit from Monday to Saturday because on Sunday the Roca Cape becomes the meeting point for local motor cyclists who gather here to talk about bikes. They’re quite loud so you don’t want your experience to be disturbed by this
5. Casino Estoril
Behind the beach of Tamariz you’ll find the casino surrounded by gardens with tall palm trees. Besides the traditional games you’ll find at each casino it also presents top international shows. It was also the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s James Bond and Casino Royale!
How To Travel To Estoril
TAP Portugal offers the largest amount of direct flights to Lisbon. From there you can easily take the cab or drive towards Estoril which is approximately 20 minutes by car. Prices start at 79 EUR for single tickets from Amsterdam.
To Visit Portugal and Estoril Portugal for making this press trip possible! I discovered a lot of new places, went sailing for the first time, participated in a jeep rally, ‘learned’ how to golf, discovered I suck at bow shooting , visited Sintra for the first time, met football legend Joao Pinto!! with a wonderful group of people. I had a blast so muita obrigada!