After a lavish breakfast, take a 20-minute drive to the charming town of Sintra, notable for its impressive Romantic architecture. You can visit the 11th-century Palácio Nacional de Sintra, housing richly decorated and extravagantly tiled interiors. Wander around the ruins of Castelo dos Mouros, a hilltop medieval fort with panoramic views. Or stroll up to the ornate Palácio da Pena, which occupies an imposing position above town. Don't forget to try a tasty, local queijada cheese pastry.
Head back to the coast for a seafood lunch of fresh shrimps, crab or lobster, then spend a leisurely afternoon on one of Cascais' fine sandy beaches, such as Tamariz or Praia da Poça, a short walk from the hotel. Fans of surfing or stand-up paddleboarding should head to Guincho Beach, a 20-minute drive away, while golf lovers can play a round at one of the region's famous courses. Alternatively, explore the Largo Luís de Camões cobbled square lined with bars and restaurants in historic Cascais.
Ease into the evening with a drink in one of the bars on Camões Square. Then take a short stroll to Cascais Marina, where you can admire hundreds of moored boats and luxury yachts, dine on local seafood and listen to live music. Swing by Casino Estoril, supposedly the inspiration for Ian Fleming's 007 novel "Casino Royale", to take in a show or concert, or head to Carcavelos Beach, a 20-minute drive away, to check its the vibrant bars and restaurants against a dramatic Atlantic Ocean backdrop.
Estoril over the year was the main refuge location for several heads of state and royalty of nations. Casino Estoril, an election place for espionage rendezvous and diplomatic meetings, inspired Ian Fleming first James Bond novel, Casino Royale.
History of Cascais
Cascais name derives from the expression Cascal (Monte de Cascas - mountain of shells) referring to the abundant volume of molluscs found in the beaches and in the rocks along the coast. Cascais, a fishermen village, became the main seafood and fish supplier to Lisbon from the 13th century onwards. By the end of the 19th century, Cascais was the summer residence of King Luis I. Soon after, his son King Carlos I, installed an ocean graphic lab in the town and conducted several ocean expeditions. The Royal presence led Cascais to become a summer famous destination.
Santini´s Ice Creams
Cascais has an Ice Cream store called Santini, which claims to be the best Ice Cream in the world. Santini’s Ice Creams are a tradition for anyone who lives or visits Cascais.