Holidays to Estoril
Often referred to as a holiday destination for the rich and famous, Estoril was the place to go for royalty after the Second World War. Kings, Queens, Princes and Princesses all travelled to the Lisbon Coast to book a room in Estoril. Orson Wells once famously wrote how surprised he was to be surrounded by so many monarchs during his holiday in Portugal. The wealthy would, and still do, head straight for the Casino de Estoril – where else?! The gambling venue is one of the best along the Lisbon Coast and dating back to the 1930s it has been built amongst beautiful gardens. As the largest of this kind in Europe it is home to a great range of gambling tables as well as cabaret performances and concerts. Rumour has it that the casino inspired the James Bond character and the building itself, has been featured in one of the films.
A trip to the tropics
The town of Estoril has some fascinating finds. The architecture is unique, particularly the post office, and the grand church still contains its original façade even though the building was destroyed in an earthquake nearly 300 years ago. For another quick culture fix, keep an eye out behind the casino. Far from any dodgy dealing this is where a prestigious arts and crafts market takes place in the summer. The luxury in Estoril isn’t just limited to the land, head to the beach and you’ll find the glitz and glamour spilling out onto the sand. Tamariz Beach feels tropical as it is lined with palm trees and the white sand is a stunning visual contrast to the turquoise sea. The beach offers a beautiful leisurely walk heading away from Estoril and past a number of smaller and more secluded bays. Bars and cafes litter the promenade offering walkers a cool drink stop along their way.
Escape to the Lisbon Coast
A holiday in Estoril is all about a bit of luxury and is a chance to see how the other half lives. If the glitz and glamour isn’t your cup of tea, the Lisbon Coast has a lot more on offer. Head to Ericeira to improve your surfing skills or to Cascais for a unique beach holiday. However you decide to spend your time in the Lisbon Coast, a holiday to Estoril doesn’t mean you have to fork out the crown jewels. With lastminute.com you can enjoy the glamour of Estoril without breaking the bank. We have a great range of deals that suit all budgets and holiday to-do lists so find the perfect one for you today. Book all your holidays to Portugal with lastminute.com.