The Estoril Coast extends from the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus river estuary in the south and west up to the northern boundary of the parish of Cascais. It is close to the most westerly point in Europe.
The area is near Lisbon and is served both by Lisbon’s international airport and by the Municipal Aerodrome of Cascais at Tires. Road and rail networks are excellent.
The most westerly point in Europe lies within the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park which has a tremendous variety of landscapes and atmospheres.
Near Estoril, the majestic Sintra Mountains cast a veil of mystery over the town nestling on its northern slopes. The hills and the surrounding area have been classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage site both for their cultural significance and for their outstanding natural beauty.
Valencia Summit Award – Cascais distinguished with Valencia Summit International Awards
The Valencia Summit has consolidated its role as a meeting place and global forum for the reflection on the development of cities in relation to major sport events, and has achieved an extraordinary level of international recognition, gathering more than 200 world experts.
The 2005 edition of the summit featured, for the first time, the Valencia Summit International Awards, a very high standard ceremony that pretends to draw international attention to the best initiatives and practices in managing opportunities associated with major sports events.
The jury of the Valencia Summit International Awards was comprised by seven academics working in the scientific committee at the Nóos Institute, presided by Mr. Iñaki Urdangarín.
The Estoril Coast, through the city of Cascais, was distinguished with this award for the strategy in projecting its new image internationally, aligned to major sport events.
The city will hold the Sailing World Championship in 2007 and is also preparing other great sport events.
A wide range of wonderful experiences awaits the visitor to the Estoril Coast. Furthermore, Lisbon is only about half an hour away by car or train. One of the oldest and most fascinating capital cities in Europe, it has everything a city can provide: a unique atmosphere, good shopping, entertainment of all types and a wealth of cultural activities.
If you drive out west of Lisbon, you will notice a mountain rising up majestically, casting a shadow of romantic mystery over the town of Sintra, nestling in the foothills to the north of it.
Sintra’s rich cultural heritage includes the Moorish Castle, Pena National Palace, the Sintra National Palace, and many other buildings of historical interest which, together with the mountains and the Sintra– Cascais Natural Park, are classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
North of Sintra lies an unspoilt area of traditional farms and villages. As expected in rural Portugal, the cooking is delicious, with a range of local specialities including the famous Negrais suckling pig.
The town of Mafra lies at the northern edge of the region. The huge walls of the vast 17th century National Palace and Convent of Mafra seem to rise up out of nowhere. An enormous church with famous bells and an exquisite library are among its many attractions. The grounds, formerly the royal hunting grounds, are now a wildlife reserve where deer graze in freedom. Visitors can learn about the ancient art of falconry, and participate in orienteering and other adventure sports.
Nowhere else in the world can such dramatic changes of scenery and such contrasting atmospheres be experienced in as small an area as the Estoril Coast. The region offers a concentration of different experiences all within a half hour’s drive. Apart from an enormous range of sights attreactive to any visitor, a number of more specialised interests can also be pursued.