Cascais & Sintra
At a mere 30 minute's drive from Lisbon, you will find the romantic medieval town of Sintra, one ofthe Portugal’s most alluring places. A paradise that has been magnificently set in the most beautiful landscape and has rightly been classified as World Heritage.
The finest way to enjoy the exuberant surrounding nature is to take a horse-drawn carriage ride past ancient manor houses, before reaching “Palácio da Pena” at the very top of thehill.
At the end of one of the suburban train lines out of the capital, lies the elegant Cascais.
An historic town where once kings and aristocrats lived, and often a refuge for European Royalty in exile, is now home for people who like to live unhurriedly, by the sea.
Despite its proximity to Lisbon, it still retains much of the charm of its fishing past. Home to healthy variety of quality fish restaurants, exclusive boutiques, fashionable as well as more traditional hotels, and a world-class marina.
Further along the coast it’s “Praia do Guincho”, a beautiful yet dangerous beach with a host of fantastic seafood restaurants and a perilously strong undercurrent, where experienced surfers and windsurfers, take advantage of the maritime conditions.
Along the seafront, towards Lisbon, a promenade dotted with beach bars and exercise points, takes you all the way to “Estoril”, with its glitzy casino, once fancied itself as the “Portuguese Riviera”.