Cascais and Estoril, on the northern coast of Lisbon, have become one of the most cosmopolitan and tourist sites in Portugal, from the moment King D. Luis I chose the bay for his summer residence at the end of the century XIX.
The mild climate and an average of 260 days without rain a year was certainly a strong reason for this and for the wealthier families of the time to follow the real house and there have their villas and palaces. It is worthwhile to take the tour and still feel the atmosphere of those times.
Stroll through the marginal road, from Estoril to Cascais. It is a very scenic route, always accompanied by the busy beaches of the Estoril coast
Cabo da Roca:
At the westernmost point of Europe, where the land ends and the sea begins.
The Serra de Sintra here abruptly meets the Atlantic Ocean in a cliff of more than 100 m high. The cape is wind-swept, and even in the middle of summer can be cold enough for a jacket or sweater. When weather permits, the views of the cliff are breathtaking.
Known for the good formation of waves, surfers and body boardes reign here. Hosts the Bodyboard World Tour event in August / September every year.
At the south end of Praia Grande you can see visible footprints of dinosaurs in a limestone cliff wall.
Praia das Maçãs:
Here you may find some fascinating countryside combined to an undread-year-old tram, that connects Sintra to Praia das Maçãs.
Here you may find the bests sea food restaurants and a traditional market, all this by the sea.
Azenhas do Mar:
Located on a cliff off the coast of Lisbon, near Sintra, Azenhas do Mar is among the most appreciated and exciting beaches in Europe. Because of the amazing views that it offers, it remains a popular tourist destination in both winter and summer. It gives you a chance to admire the great Atlantic Ocean in its entire splendor.
With white houses perched on the North Slope and an extraordinary swimming pools dug out of the rock.