It was a long time, since my last visit to Tamariz, in Estoril, a beach with good memories from my youth.
However, the new sights worried me a bit: the coast and town keeps well maintained (maybe better) but the sand in the beach has disappeared, having now half of the width and length of the old days.
Winter occasional action, or consistent degradation, Tamariz keeps sharing with "Torre" the top of my favorite beaches in Lisbon's coast (and I skip the Casino!).
One of the few landmarks in Estoril is this statue of Fausto Cardoso de Figueiredo found in the peaceful park between the beach and Estoril's famous casino. Figueiredo was responsible for turning Estoril into the successful resort it is today. The development of the casino was part of his vision to make Estoril a glamorous tourist retreat. Although he died in 1951, his legacy continues to thrive today. One of the streets in Estoril is also named in his honour.
You can just get on the train to Cascais, but a much better idea is to take a relaxing 20 minute walk along the promenade. On one side of the promenade, you will find quite a few bars and restaurants as well as access to the rail stations at Estoril and Monte Estoril. The other side of the promenade overlooks the Tamariz beach and a partly rocky coastline with the Atlantic Ocean disappearing into the distance. The prom remains a busy thoroughfare into the evening and is just as appealing as darkness descends.
While I was visiting, there was a sculpture exhibition on the promenade and beachfront with several exhibits on show. I stopped and took a look at a few of the sculptures even though it's not something of great interest to me. I found the exhibit of three chairs on a rock out at sea quite random.
One word of caution: the promenade is a perfect place for joggers and powerwalkers and there were many enjoying the good weather during my visit. Be sure to stay out of their way to avoid a pile-up!
At one end of the promenade linking Estoril and Cascais, you will find Tamariz beach with its clean waters and sand ideal for swimming and sunbathing. The beach is ideally located right next to Estoril railway station from where the centre of Lisbon is only 30 minutes away.
Beyond the beach, there is a grand looking preserved fort called Chalet Barros that is sadly not open to the public.
Estoril has a really nice costal path that is my favorite place in all Estoril.
It actually runds all the way from central Lisbon to Cascais and it´s in my opinion the best part of Estoril where you can enjoy the nice coastline by foot or bicycle.
there are cafes at restaurants dotted along the coastal path and on weekends it´s packed with people enjoying the scene.
This is the best place to hang with the locals in a pleasant place.
The oldest in Portugal and the largest of its kind in Europe. CASINO DE ESTORIL is a multi- entertainment center offering a wide variety of games as well as daily cabaret and music hall shows. Besides gambling, the casino is a regular venue for all types of temporary exhibitions, particularly modern art and sculptures.
In a scenic setting overlooking Tamariz Beach, the Casino has attractive gardens with tall palm trees and fountains.
The casino looked very tacky by day. Perhaps it looks better in the evening. It's the biggest casino in Europe and as we found few bars and restaurants in Estoril, perhaps it is the place to go if you are staying here.
The busiest part of Estoril, at least during our visit, was the beach. In mid-July with extremely high temperatures you'd expect no less. The beach is quite nice though parts of it were sectioned off and you had to pay to sunbathe here. The water wasn't too clean which was a little surprising given how popular Estoril is with tourists.
Before we went to the beach we had a quick look around Estoril. The nicest area we found was the Parque do Estoril above the beach. The park is a nice place to relax and we spent a time hiding from the sun beneath the trees. There are fountains, flowers and statues - the only thing that looks out of place is the casino at its northern end.
Sit/lie on the beaches & get a good tan. Sandy beaches, with some loungers for hire. There is a wide promenade behind the beaches, with showers, toilets & changing rooms, recycling points, and cafes. There are underpasses to get under the railway line & the main road. Watched a lot of people sailing out of the harbour at Cascais. There are some seawater swimming pools. A lovely spot to do nothing.
Note that the tide can come in quite quickly, so be prepared to grab your towel & shoes and run!
Being at the westernmost point, presumably the first sight of Europe for many returning mariners.
You can also walk along the clifftop/side paths, quite a way if you are brave/foolhardy enough (? since a very stiff breeze may be blowing - it is quite a drop to those rocks). You can get away from the crowds enough to concentrate on the vastness of the ocean and contemplate the unknown which faced the early navigators.
Cabo Da Roca - ponta mais ocidental do continente Europeu, as the monument states - the most westerly point of mainland Europe. Significant therefore as pretty much the edge of the known world for the early transoceanic explorers.
Estoril is the home of one of the biggest water organs in te world. Not only does the fountain use different rays and colours. You can also see pictures and video in the water. It is really an amazing site to see, and a must see when you are around.
I was there when there was the heat wave in Portugal and truly I could not walk barefoot on the sand - so hot it was. The sea was surprisingly cold, the Atlantic..