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Cascais


Estoril

Owing to a Mediterranean type microclimate, the Estoril Coast has mild winters and an ideal summer temperature which never gets too hot. The autumn is ideal and is like a second spring .It starts in Carcavelos, 15 kilometres from Lisbon, and stretches as far as Guincho, striking a harmonious blend between the delights of the land and the enchanting beauty of the sea.

Beaches

Beaches on the Estoril Coast face south in a continuous line from the Tagus estuary and are known for their calm waters and fine sand. All modern facilities are available – changing rooms, beach tents, shades, restaurants, bars, etc. Carcavelos a wide, long beach, very popular and ideal for surfing. Parede climate is exceptionally rich in iodine, ideal for bone disorders. Two of the best orthopaedic hospitals in Europe are situated here.

Cascais – Litte town beaches (Praia da Rainha, Praia da Conceição) with charming surroundings and yachts bobbing on the water. The Praia da Ribeira is a picturesque spot and still a traditional fishing harbour. The beaches of Cascais have names like the “Pescadores”, “Marchioness” and the “Queen”, reminding us of the time when it was the “Land of Kings and fishermen”. Portuguese kings and many exiled kings have lived in Cascais over the years.
Praia dos Pescadores (Fisherman’s beach) – where fishermen haul in their catches to be sold at the market.
Carcavelos – Next to the imposing fortress St. Julian of Barrawith more than 1 Km of sand line and good transport acess, Carcavelos beach attracts crowds of sun burning people in summer and legions of surfers all over the year. A pleasant stroll can take you from point to point along the sand, where you’ll pass by lots of beach bars. Parking your car is easy in one of the many places available. There is a skate half pipe and a basket small field in the parking lot.
Guincho – 5 km from Cascais , lying at the foot of the Sintrahills and facing the Atlantic, should not be missed. The sand dunes  blend subtly with the pine trees, the sea – rich in fish – rushes here and there into majestic caverns such as the famous Boca do Inferno which is well worth a visit. The vegetation is varied and beautiful and mostly of the Mediterranean type. Guincho has always been ideal for surfing owing to the large breakers, but it is now becoming increasingly known for wind surfing – a sport much developed over the last few years.
Parede – A small beach with high iodine content in the water. It has handicap facilities. Blue Flag.
S. Pedro and S. João do Estoril – Below the cliffs on this stretch of the coast, there are a number of small beaches many of which are very popular with surfers.
Tamariz – The beach is next to the magnificent Estoril Casino and its gardens. Nearby there are many beautiful mansions and an excellent selection of quality hotels.
Torre – Between the fortress and the Ocean Swimming Pool.




Praia dos Pescadores

Golf

The Estoril Coast has 7 golf courses, all with individual characteristics.
 Estoril
Overlooking Estoril, there is a superb panoramic view from the course towards the sea. The course itself is set among fragrant pine and mimosa trees. There are two courses, one with par 69, designed by Mckenzie Ross. The second course has 9 holes and par 34.
 Estoril Sol
The course is a 9 hole par 33 – designed by John Harris and Ron Fream and is a great test for the players skill.
 Penha Longa 
The 18 hole, 72 par, 6.228 m long course was designed by Robert Trent Jones. In 1995 Penha Longa inaugurated a new nine hole course – Mosteiro.
 Quinta da Beloura
The golf course is of classic style with two par 3, two par 5 and five par 4 in each nine holes making a par total of 72.
 Quinta da Marinha 
The course – 18 holes, par 72, 6.112 m long – is probably one of the best designed by Robert Trent Jones.
 Oitavos Golf is also set inside Quinta da Marinha.




Sightseeing

 The Town Hall 
Situated in the town centre near the Fisherman’s beach (Praia dos Pescadores). Noted for its old tiles.
 The Citadel – Fort of Cascais
This 16th century fortress was built to protect the Bay of Cascais. It is part of a whole line of fortresses along the Tagus estuary which were built to protect Lisbon from being invaded. In the garden, there is a small, open air artillery museum.

 Parish Church (Assunção Church)
For lovers of the history of art, a visit to this church is a must. Dating from the XVI century, the altars are carved from gilded wood – very characteristically Portuguese. In the chapel, paintings of the Annunciation date from the XVI century. On the walls of the nave, hang precious paintings by Josefa d’Obidos (1634-1684). The patroness of the Temple of Our Lady of Assumption, was painted in 1900 by Malhoa.
 Misericordia Church (Igreja Misericórdia)
 Church of the Navigators (Igreja dos Navegantes)
This is a Baroque church, with the characteristic octagonal shape of the period. It contains paintings of the Portuguese patron saints of sailors, St. Pedro Gonçalves and Our Lady of the Navigators.

 St. Anthony’s Church (Igreja Santo António do Estoril)This early 16th century church was built on the site of an even older building. It was rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake. It was again severely damaged by a fire in 1927. The tiles and the Baroque facade remain.
 Parish Church of Oeiras (Igreja Matriz)
Its main attractions are the altars with their beautiful marble and decorated panels, paintings by Cotrim and the exquisite 18th century organ, recently restored.

 Palace of the Marquies of Pombal
This palace is in the historic old town centre of Oeiras. Built in the 18th century by the Hungarian architect Carlos Mardel, the palace’s main points of interest are its tiles.
 Estoril Post Office (Espaço Memória)
The Estoril Post Office opened in 1942. It was the work of the Portuguese architect Adelino Nunes and is one of the most interesting examples of modern architecture in Europe

 Bugio Fort
The original name of this 16th century fortress was Saint Lawrence of the Dry Head, It was built to defend th entrance to the Tagus estuary. Its rounded walls increased its capacity to withstand gunfire and are typical of teh Renaissance penchant for the geometrical forms thought at the time to be the most perfect.

 Estoril Casino and Gardens
The Estoril Casino is the largest in Europe. There is a great deal of entertainment here, including different types of gambling and nightly cabaret and music hall shows in a sophisticated atmosphere. Apart from the main activities of the casino, there is also an art gallery where a variety of art exhibitions are held, particularly of modern painting and sculpture.
 Crafts Fair
Crafts people from all over Portugal come and work here. Their products are on sale to the general public. The materials used include ceramics, tiles, wood, linen, wool, wicker etc. There are folk dancing performances and traditional Portuguese dishes are available. The fair is held in July and August, just behind the Casino.

Museums

The Municipal Museum (Castro Guimarães Museum)
Situated in one of the most sought after areas of the town, where the sea appears to be trying to reach the Gandarinha Park, is the Counts of Castro Guimarães Palace, whose medieval castle overlooks the Santa Marta Cove. The Palace was donated to the local authority in 1924, when it became a Museum. It is worth a prolonged visit, not only for its unusual architecture, but also for its wealth of art and archaeology. You can appreciate works of art by national and international artists, some of them depicting Cascais and rich Indo-Portuguese furniture. The library was constantly replenished and updated, and has over twenty five thousand books, some of them from the XVII century, richly bound. It provides an exceptional source of information and assistance to lecturers, researchers and students. The Museum is open daily from 10.00 – 17.00, but closed on Mondays and Public Holidays. There are guided tours in several languages and visitors are accompanied. Do not miss the opportunity to take a walk in the adjacent park where there are lovely tiles and a mini-zoo.

 Museum of the Sea
The bulk of the museum is divided into various sections: Natural History (ichthyology, mammalogy, ornithology,  malacology, palaeontology); ethnology (the Cascais fisherman’s clothes, model fishing boats and others); underwater archaeology and maritime wreckage history (recovered treasures from the Cascais coast as well as the Tagus and Sado estuaries); along with a library specialising in theme subjects. The visitor can see some truly precious exhibits in this museum, among them a valuable map dating back to the 16th century, the creator of which was Georgius Braunnius, where one can see Cascais and its bay. The Museum of the Sea can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday, between 10.00 & 17.00.

 Verdades-Faria Museum 
Verdades-Faria House was built in 1917 in Monte Estoril by Jorge O’Neil. The first building was St. Patrick Tower by architect Raul Lino.Later on, in 1942 the building was bought by Mantero Belard and dedicated to the support of the arts and artists. Following his death, the building was donated to Cascais Council under the name of Verdades Faria and eventually housed the Regional Portuguese Music Museum.

At present this Museum hosts an important collection of musical instruments related to popular music, assembled by Michael Giacometti. The museum is open for temporary exhibitions, concerts and guided visits on request.

 Municipal Park (Parque Municipal da Gandarinha)
With in the park is the Cascais Sports Pavillion and the Riding School of Manuel Possolo which has regular riding events.
 Visconde da Luz Gardens
 Boca do Inferno (Hell’s Mouth)
A spectacular look out point with a small daily Handicrafts Market

 

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