Cascais, Estremadura, Portugal
- The sandy beach is fifty metres from the front door.
There are loungers and parasols if you want to decamp for a
- All sorts of water sports 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
- Cascais is an elegant town, with 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 nightlife.
- 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 it.
- 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
- Estoril, 15 minutes' away along a seaside promenade, has
golf, palaces, a casino, and a packed schedule of events all year
including the motorbike Grand Prix in mid-September.
- 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