The beaches of fine white sand begin at the mouth of the Tagus estuary and accompany you all along the coast to Cascais. Carcavelos beach, marking the point where the Tagus meets the Atlantic, is the largest of these, with waves that are perfect for surfing. The beach of Tamariz, lying at the far end of the gardens of Estoril Casino, is the most elegant.
In the 1920s, the Sud Express train from Paris used to stop at Estoril station, bringing kings, nobles and millionaires from Europe, who came here to find a safe haven of relaxation and leisure. They left their mark in the form of palace-like villas and the glamorous atmosphere that you will feel in the region.
Cascais was a fishing harbour that the presence of Portugal’s last kings turned into an elegant seaside resort. Its pedestrianised streets and the charm of its hotels and restaurants combine with the scenic effect of yachts moored in the bay to produce an atmosphere of great charm.
A corniche with many seaside restaurants leads you to the superbly panoramic beach of Guincho, framed by the hills of Sintra. The waves are stronger here, making this beach one of the best places in Portugal for surfing and windsurfing.