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Costa do Estoril

Culture, Nature and plenty of entertainment

The region invites you to enjoy the region’s sunny climate, whether exploring the wilderness of Guincho beach and the lush green retreats of Sintra and Mafra, or experiencing the relaxing cosmopolitan atmosphere of Cascais and Casino Estoril’s exciting nocturnal entertainment.
The Condes de Castro Guimarães Museum, the Sea Museum and the permanent expositions of Cascais Cultural Centre are worth a visit.
Set between the Atlantic Ocean and including the Sintra hills is the verdant landscape of the Sintra-Cascais Nature Park, a must for nature lovers.
Not to be missed is Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe.

SINTRA

  The mysterious mists and the play of the water with the green leaves define its own special and possibly unique poetic ambience, transforming Sintra into a highly desirable place for artistic endeavour. Enhancing its inspirational qualities, today Sintra is the stage for various initiatives where art enters into and merges with the landscape.This is the case of the Sintra Music Festival, held since 1957 and which, by bringing classical music to open-air venues, enables the artist, the public and nature to join together in a restful symbiosis. Held during the summer at some of the most beautiful estates and important palaces of Sintra, the festival programme affirms new values by combining the national with the international.

Also of importance in this idyllic town is the Olga Cadaval Cultural Centre, a privileged space where, soothed by the sounds of the most feted concerts or recitals, the public can enjoy exquisite opera, theatre or dance.

But other events take place in Sintra to awaken a place full of memories and transform it into a space for living culture. It is the recreation of different historical events, the multiple exhibitions of paintings, sculpture, handicrafts and photography; together with the different congresses, colloquiums and cycles of conferences, which define Sintra as one of the most dynamic cultural centres. 

CASCAIS

Cascais - Litte town beaches (Praia da Rainha, Praia da Conceição) with charming surroundings and yachts bobbing on the water. The Praia da Ribeira is a picturesque spot and still a traditional fishing harbour. The beaches of Cascais have names like the "Pescadores", "Marchioness" and the "Queen", reminding us of the time when it was the "Land of Kings and fishermen". Portuguese kings and many exiled kings have lived in Cascais over the years.
Praia dos Pescadores (Fisherman's beach) - where fishermen haul in their catches to be sold at the market.
Carcavelos - Next to the imposing fortress St. Julian of Barra, with more than 1 Km of sand line and good transport acess, Carcavelos beach attracts crowds of sun burning people in summer and legions of surfers all over the year. A pleasant stroll can take you from point to point along the sand, where you'll pass by lots of beach bars. Parking your car is easy in one of the many places available. There is a skate half pipe and a basket small field in the parking lot.
Guincho - 5 km from Cascais , lying at the foot of the Sintra hills and facing the Atlantic, should not be missed. The sand dunes  blend subtly with the pine trees, the sea - rich in fish - rushes here and there into majestic caverns such as the famous Boca do Inferno which is well worth a visit. The vegetation is varied and beautiful and mostly of the Mediterranean type. Guincho has always been ideal for surfing owing to the large breakers, but it is now becoming increasingly known for wind surfing - a sport much developed over the last few years.
Parede - A small beach with high iodine content in the water. It has handicap facilities. Blue Flag.
S. Pedro and S. João do Estoril - Below the cliffs on this stretch of the coast, there are a number of small beaches many of which are very popular with surfers.
Tamariz - The beach is next to the magnificent Estoril Casino and its gardens. Nearby there are many beautiful mansions and an excellent selection of quality hotels.
Torre - Between the fortress and the Ocean Swimming Pool.

PALMELA

Dominated by a magnificent castle which houses the ancient Santiago Convent (currently a POUSADA). The 15th century church of Santiago stands next to the Pousada. Its interior contains the sepulcher of Jorge of Lencastre and a wall decorated with 17th and 18th century tiles. The Igreja de São Pedro - a 17th century church. Its inside walls are entirely covered with azulejos depicting scenes from the life of Saint Peter, Pillory erected in 1645, Capela da Misericórdia - famous for its walls lined with 17th century azulejos. Palmela offers one of the best views in Portugal from an elevation of 1,200 feet (366m). From this vantage point, you can see over sienna-hued valleys and vineyards flush with grapes to the capital in the north and to the estuary of the Sado to the south

 

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