Cascais, Estremadura, Portugal
- The sandy beach is 50m from the front door of the main
hotel. There are loungers and parasols if you want to decamp for a
- All sorts of watersports can be arranged. The west coast
is famous for its surfers - you’ll find surf schools if you
want to learn. You can also windsurf, sail and ski.
- Cookery lessons and wine-tasting sessions are available
to groups of 6+.
- Cascais has a park housing a mansion-full of
19th-century paintings and furniture, a military cidadela
due to open as a cultural centre, exhibitions of boats and of
tiles, a contemporary art collection, an active fishing port, a
handsome largo (square) - and no shortage of boutiques and
- Cabo da Raco, the most westerly point of mainland
Europe, is 5km west. A great cycle path follows the coast and bikes
are available free of charge from the Town Hall (just bring some
- Head north along the coast and find beach after beach -
and lots of surfers. The hotel at Praia Grande has a fantastic pool
above the sea; non-residents can pay a small fee to use
- Visit spectacular Sintra for the Pena Palace, a fantasy
castle built around a 15th-century convent. It somehow manages to
balance on top of the hill in its multi-coloured glory.
- The Sintra Mountains are wild and wonderful, with
fabulous walking or riding in exceptional landscapes; watch out for
- Trains into Lisbon take 30 minutes. The station is on your doorstep.
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Cooking classes
- Food and wine
- Horse riding
- Wine Tasting