The Estoril Coast, stretching west from Lisbon, boasts a rich past and sunny climate. It has a wide range of Blue Flag beaches and a beautiful countryside with verdant hills dropping down to the sea.
Estoril © Enrique A Sanabria
Once known as the Sun Coast, the Costa do Estoril region has long been popular with expats and is dotted with beach resorts like Cascais and Estoril. Up in the hills lie the historic retreats of Mafra and Sintra. Sintra was one of the favourite summer retreats of the royal family, and there are pretty winelands in Carcavelos and Colares.
Between the Sintra hills and the Atlantic Ocean is the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for both its natural beauty and cultural interest. On the coast, a lighthouse marks the westernmost point of continental Europe at Cabo da Roca. Additionally, Costa do Estoril was once a spa location favoured by royal exiles from Europe during the World Wars and today is the flagship of Portuguese tourism.