Lisbon Coast

Lisbon Coast holidays

Terracotta-topped and ready to dazzle… ta-dah – it’s the Lisbon Coast! Sink your toes into caramel-coloured sands, gaze at Gothic marvels and weave among chit-chatting locals in sweet little seaside towns. Charm has no limit in this pretty plot of Portugal, but shhh… let’s keep it between us.

Grande Real Villa Italia Hotel & Spa

Grande Real Villa Italia Hotel & Spa

Cascais, Lisbon Coast

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Based on 2670 reviews

  • Luxury décor and former palace
  • Award winning spa circuit
  • Overlooking the sea
  • Good location for golf and watersports
  • Restaurants with sea views
Vila Gale Sintra
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  • Manchester, Thu 26 Nov 2020
  • 7 Nights, Bed and Breakfast
  • 2 Adults, 0 Children

Vila Gale Sintra

Sintra, Lisbon Coast

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Based on 207 reviews

  • Unique concept hotel
  • Excellent wellbeing and fitness facilities
  • Great for families
  • Contemporary style and decor
  • Large resort complex with lots of facilities
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Language

Portuguese

Currency

Euro

Time difference

GMT

Cost of a beer

£2.13

3 course meal

£29.85

Flight times

2h 45m

Sandcastles, anyone?

The gold dusty sands of the Lisbon Coast are some of the best beaches you’ll set eyes on. Pitch up at popular Praia de Carcavelos and admire the scenes of Sao Julião fort or make for postcard-perfect Praia do Creiro – paradise found.

The cobbles of Cascais

Just west of Lisbon lies the quaint cobbled town of Cascais. Loved by the Portuguese Royal family, this once pocket-sized fishing village has flourished into a thriving resort town. It’s packed to the rafters with treasures just waiting to be unveiled and its castle ruins are the jewel in the crown.

A region for all

Couples, solo travellers, families and groups alike will find their perfect Portugal getaway here on the Lisbon Coast. Give the little ‘uns a history lesson in the capital itself or if you’re looking for a romantic trip for two there’s nowhere more magical than UNESCO-stamped Sintra.

Lisbon Coast resorts

Cascais

Once a sleepy fishing village, Cascais is now a staple destination for a holiday in the Portuguese sun, although it’s still got plenty of small-town charm.

Estoril

Escape the tourists and embrace a glamourous history when you book an Estoril holiday. Once a meeting point for the rich and famous, this Portuguese coastal retreat’s impressive casino was the inspiration behind Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale.

Sintra

Sintra will make your heart sing. Tucked among forested mountains with whimsical palaces piercing the skyline, this showstopping village has all the trappings of a fairytale.

Beaches

There’s no shortage of beaches in these parts, so grab your bucket and spade and head to Praia Sao Pedro, Praia de Carcavelos and Praia da Conceição to name just three. Lay down your towel after a busy morning of exploring or flop down on one of the many loungers available to hire – the choice is yours. Did we mention that Praia do Guincho is famed for its tip-top surfing conditions? It’s time to master the waves!

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Praia da Conceição

Praia da Conceição

Cascais, Lisbon Coast

Think soft sand, cooling blue water and plenty of room for catching the rays – that’s Praia da Conceição! With pretty Nossa Senhora da Conceição Chapel to one side, this...
Praia do Tamariz

Praia do Tamariz

Estoril, Lisbon Coast

Escape the crowds and enjoy some peace and quiet on picturesque Praia do Tamariz. With golden sands and calm waters, you can relax while the kids enjoy a paddle in the ocean. And there’s plenty of bars...

Sights

You’ll feel like you’ve skipped back centuries when you wander the villages and towns that appear to have frozen in time. Look up at skyline-studding domes and down at ornate tiles, known here as azulejos. And whichever resort you visit, make sure you’ve got your camera!

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Fort da Cruz

Fort da Cruz

Estoril, Lisbon Coast

Sitting at the end of Tamariz Beach, Forte da Cruz is a fairytale 17th-century castle, overlooking the charming sandy bay. To go inside, you may need to book an event, but from the beach it’s a fantastic...
Palácio Nacional da Pena

Palácio Nacional da Pena

Lisbon Coast

Step into your very own fairytale at Palácio Nacional da Pena. With lemon-yellow domes and pink turrets, it's one of the most breathtaking sights in Portugal. Admire the 19th-century Romanticism as you take...

Activities

Nature-lovers, rejoice. Say hello to the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park which is home to some incredible flora and fauna. But that’s not all, the waters that surround the Lisbon coast are famously home to dolphins, so book on a boat trip and look out for these flipping fabulous fellows!

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Casino Estoril

Casino Estoril

Estoril, Lisbon Coast

The inspiration behind Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, Casino Estoril is a prestigious gaming and leisure complex in the heart of the town. You can try your luck on the slot machines or enjoy some Chinese fine...
Hike to Cruz Alta

Hike to Cruz Alta

Sintra, Lisbon Coast

Fancy a challenge? Take a hike through Sintra’s woods up to the highest point, Cruz Alta (high cross). At 529 metres high, here you can admire the UNESCO World Heritage Site surrounding you as you hike. And get...

Eating and drinking

Waterside dining is the name of Lisbon Coast’s game. Time your table with the sun going down and you’ve cracked it. When it comes to the dishes, grilled sardines, cured meats and oodles of piri piri infused plates are menu staples, with seafood stealing the top spot on many.

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5 Sentidos

5 Sentidos

Cascais, Lisbon Coast

Created around the concept of appealing to the ‘five senses’, this hidden gem serves up traditional Portuguese food, but with a modern twist. Here, you’ll embark on a culinary experience...
Taverna dos Trovadores

Taverna dos Trovadores

Sintra, Lisbon Coast

Authentic Portuguese dishes, delicious wine and live music make Taverna dos Trovadores the perfect place to relax after a long day exploring. So order some grilled meats and a glass of red wine, and soak up the...

Nightlife

The sunsets around these parts are seriously stunning. Once night falls choose between rustic resorts, where hidden-away wine bars and cosy taverns offer tipples and bites to delight. Looking for clubs and cocktails? Lisbon has both and then some.

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Iceberg Bar

Iceberg Bar

Cascais, Lisbon Coast

Perched on the edge of the Cascais Marina, Iceberg Bar is the perfect location for good times. Make the most of the warm weather each evening and grab a seat on the terrace or take to the stage and perform your...
Lisbon's wine bars

Lisbon's wine bars

Lisbon Coast

Portugal's renowned for its green and rosé wines, and Lisbon's one of the best places to try these homegrown tipples. BA Wine Bar do Bairro Alto is one of the best for a tasting, but there are plenty of others...
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