Tamariz Beach, Estoril – Image courtesy of travel-in-portugal.com
Enjoy a honeymoon or romantic getaway in Estoril, a popular, upmarket resort frequented by the rich and famous on Portugal’s chic and elegant Costa do Sol.
Once the playground for World War II spies, deposed 20th century European royalty and the idle rich, Estoril continues to offer a string of attractions.
What to do and see in Estoril
Enjoy golden beaches, luxurious hotels, fine dining restaurants, challenging golf courses, a grand casino and countless bars and nightclubs – all just a 20-minute train ride from the centre of Lisbon.
Sunbathe on the golden sands of Praia do Tamariz or head north to windy Praia do Guincho, a popular spot for surfing and windsurfing, 11km to the west. Stroll Estoril’s seaside promenade to the nearby resort of Cascais or wander through the manicured palm-lined gardens of the subtropical Parque do Estoril until you reach the casino.
Discover spectacular coastal views when you tee-off from the Quinta da Marinha course or play one of the two championship courses at the Clube de Golf do Estoril, founded in 1940 and located in the foothills of Sintra, just a five-minute drive from Estoril.
Several other challenging golf courses lie scattered in the region, including the Estoril Sol, Penha Longa and Quinta da Beloura courses. Meanwhile, tennis fans have more than 20 courts to play on at the Clube de Tenis do Estoril.
After dark, choose from numerous bars and discos found along the Praia do Tamariz esplanade and at the adjoining resort of Cascais. Or enjoy a glitzy cabaret show and try your luck at the gaming tables of Casino Estoril – one of Europe’s largest casinos and the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s 007 novel Casino Royale.
Estoril offers a range of honeymoon accommodation options to suit all budgets, including the ornate Palácio Hotel (legendary as a retreat for exiled royalty) and the Amazonia Lennox Estoril, located in a pretty garden on a hillside just 2km from the Clube de Golf do Estoril.
Find the best deal, compare prices and read what other travellers have to say about hotel accommodation in Estoril at TripAdvisor.
Best time to honeymoon in Estoril
The best time for an Estoril honeymoon is from May to September, when the days are sunny and warm. The peak season is July and August, when temperatures often exceed 30°C.
Estoril is located on the west coast of Portugal overlooking Cascais Bay, around 27km west of Lisbon.
The Costa do Sol (Portuguese Riviera) stretches along a 32km seafront from Lisbon to Cascais, boasting a maze of narrow streets lined with pastel-shaded houses adorned with facades of antique blue-glazed tiles.
Inland, elegant red-roofed, white-walled villas dot hillsides scattered with pine and eucalyptus trees. The picture-perfect hillside town of Sintra sits a few kilometres north.
By air, Lisbon’s Aeroporto de Lisboa receives hundreds of international flights daily. A frequent train service operates daily from Lisbon to Estoril.
Information on how to get to Estoril . . .