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Estoril Coast

Known for its luxurious casinos (including the largest in Europe), this area's glamour and sophistication inspired the first 'Casino Royale.'

TravelCurious Tip

Rent some bikes and explore the surrounding areas — the scenery is wonderful

With a mild climate, deep azure waters and an annual average of 260 rainless days a year, Estoril has long been a leisure hot spot — some call it the Portuguese Riviera. King Luis I chose the bay for his summer residence in the late 19th century, and ever since people have come here to swan around on the beaches and win big in the casinos.


Stick or Twist?

Bewitched by the red-and-black blur of the roulette wheel? In possession of a practiced poker face? Then go and raise the stakes at the Estoril casino, where dreams are puffed up and popped, often in the same night. Once you’ve collected your winnings, there are numerous restaurants where you can fritter them away. The main restaurant, Preto e Prata, holds a floor show every evening, and there’s an excellent Chinese restaurant too.


Den of Espionage

During the Second World War, Estoril became a hotbed of spies and diplomatic secrets, lending it the atmosphere of risk and sophistication which proved so inspiring for the British spy Ian Fleming: it was here that Ian Fleming conceived the idea for Casino Royale as he spied on Yugoslav double agent Dusko Popov.

Nearby Attractions

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Pena Palace
Standing boldly atop a hill above Sintra, this beautiful palace can be seen all the way from Lisbon on a clear day.
Castle of the Moors
Built between the 8th and 9th centuries, this military outpost in Sintra played a key role in the Reconquista against Arab rule.
Sintra National Palace
A striking and eclectic mix of architectural styles, this is most likely the best preserved medieval palace in all of Portugal.
Monserrate Palace
The traditional summer resort of the Portuguese Royal Family.
Quinta da Regaleira
This romantic UNESCO World Heritage Site displays the wealth and extravagance of the Portuguese elite.
Cascais
A former fishing village with fine beaches, Cascais became famous as the Royal Family's resort in the late 19th century.

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