In this private tour, we will leave Lisbon passing by the scenic harbour and the estuary of the river and its seashore. The Estoril coast, incorporation holiday hotspots offers great beaches and a choice of historic sights. Cosmopolitan seaside town of Carcavelos is popular for its long stretch of sandy beach and its XVII century fortress – the biggest in Tagus river.
Other beaches on Estoril’s include Parede. Waters here are rich in iodine and have therapeutic qualities. Around Sao Pedro, Sao Joao and Santo Antonio do Estoril the beach scene gets more cliff like, but there are small beach bays with aristocratic palaces, manor houses and deluxe villas, a safe haven of exiled kinds and politicians.
The cosmopolitan casino town of Estoril boats pretty Tamariz beach which is good for bathing and the biggest casino in Europe, its gardens, cafes and esplanade.
Cascais fishing port swiftly expanded to an elegant cosmopolitan seaside resort. Once the stop of famous navigators like Columbus and Vasco da Gama. From the harbour there’s a nice view of Estoril bay and one can watch the typical fishing boats, a flash marina and a castle. Continue by the seaside with rocky and sandy beaches and the picturesque cliff – the Mouth of Hell – where high waves crash into gigantic caves carved out of the rock by the sea.
Next is Guincho beach, backed by dunes and with some of the best rollers in Europe, it is a true paradise for surfers. Go up the mountain by twisted roads with breathtaking views of teh coastline and arrive to Cabo da Roca – the westernmost point of continental Europe, a promontory of Sintra Mountain, a granite cliff, 472 feet (144m) high – for a fantastic view of the seaside.
We then cross ’25 Abril’ bridge over Tagus river and have a superb view.
As we approach the countryside we will be pleasantly surprised by a unique scenery of huge pine forests, eucalyptus and cork trees. We go up the hill to visit the XII century castle of Sesimbra, lying at the foothills of Serra da Arrabida. Stop to enjoy the beautiful view over the ocean, Sesimbra beach and scenery of this picturesque fishing town. Sightseeing of Sesimbra, seaside resort with crystal clear water and where we can have a glimpse of the fishing port, to see fishermen unloading the day’s catch. Not far we have Espichel cape. Tourists are drawn there due to breathtaking view on its cliffs facing the Atlantic ocean. The location is famous for a sanctuary complex built extremely close to the edge of the tall cliffs.
We then go up to Arrabida mountain – a unique nature reserve on the highest cliffs of the Portuguese coast, providing splendid panoramic views over Lisbon, Setubal, Sado river estuary, Troia peninsula and the ocean. Arrabida Natural Park is a beautiful protected area covered with pine trees and rich Mediterranean vegetation, including many rare species. Down below, the crystal clear waters of the sheltered snow white sandy beaches.
This promenade will let us see from the road the old farms, once the dwelling of noblemen from Lisbon. Stop at Setubal, an important fishing harbour, where once again we can watch the typical Portuguese fishing boats. On the Rio Sado waterfront are the docks, the marina and the fishing harbour, where brisk auctions take place every morning.