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Estoril's beaches are a haven for sports enthusiasts

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Estoril beaches

If you are looking for an upscale holiday then Estoril, with its string of golden sandy beaches, clutch of luxurious hotels, ATP tennis tournament, motor-racing track, one of Europe's biggest casinos and close proximity to eight golf courses, won't disappoint. When it comes to eating and drinking, holidaymakers are spoilt for choice; Cascais's raucous nightlife is also within easy reach. From sunbathing on the beach to a flutter at the Black Jack tables, Estoril has something to suit all tastes.


Estoril's busiest beach is the centrally located Praia do Tamariz, which boasts toilets, thatched parasols, showers, a restaurant and an Atlantic Ocean filled swimming pool. To the west Praia Monte Estoril and Cascais' trio of beaches are also popular. The blustery Praia do Guincho, 11km (7 miles) northwest, lures experienced surfers and windsurfers.

Beyond the beach

With eight courses located nearby, there is plenty to keep golfers happy, and busy. Estoril Golf Club boasts two courses (one 18-hole and one nine-hole course), spectacular coastal views and its own swimming pool. Heading north towards Sintra, Estoril Sol is an attractive 9 hole course. Slightly further afield the Penha Longa, Quinta da Beloura, Quinta da Marinha and Oitavos courses await with their own challenges. If tennis is your sport then hone your skills at one of the local clubs.

Family fun

Estoril's sandy beaches and hotels that boast all the facilities you would expect to find in a resort make it a good base for a family holiday. From Estoril the myriad attractions of Cascais, Belem, Lisbon and the fairytale palaces of Sintra are all within easy reach.

Exploring further

Spread out over seven hills that tumble down to the lifeblood River Tagus, Lisbon, a compelling mix of historical monuments and enchanting districts, is one of Europe's most appealing cities. The capital's added attractions include vintage trams, the nautical heritage of Belem and the Park of Nations entertainment complex, home to one of Europe's biggest aquariums.

Splashing out

Take your chances on the roulette wheel, or try your luck at the Black Jack and poker tables of Casino Estoril ( If traditional games aren't your thing then plough your money into the casino's slot machines, or enjoy a glitzy show and a champagne dinner.

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