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ESTORIL “the dream that become reality”.

ESTORIL  “the dream that become reality”.

Posted by on Jan 24, 2014 in Estoril | 0 comments

This is a tribute to a man Fausto de Figueiredo; and his dream for this beautiful touristic region of Estoril. What we have today we owe partly to him, he was one of the first to see the touristic potential that Portugal has, particularly this region and, crafted a plan to engrave the name ESTORIL in the world map. Fausto de Figueiredo was born in 17th September 1880 in a small town in northern Portugal. He graduated in chemistry and worked for a while in this business, but soon he started working in the Portuguese Railways Company where he reached the top of hierarchy as President. That was what allowed him, in his many voyages he made, to discover other regions in the world that already were taking benefits from the good weather and geographical position, attracting at that time (beginning of twentieth century) the quality tourism. Regions like Biarritz and Cannes where a inspiration to what later became the Portuguese “Costa do Sol”. At the end of nineteenth century Estoril region was nothing but farms that ended near the beach.  The first two projects were the Casino and the Palace Hotel and adjacent gardens, both started in 1914. Even with the menace of the First World War reaching Portugal he took his dream ahead, hiring French architects that had the French Riviera building experience. The train had already arrived between Cascais and Pedrouços (border of Lisbon) it was very important for the development of the region but it moved first by steam and latter by coal. The impact on the environment was at that time a small concern but Fausto Figueiredo saw the opportunity to electrify this railway. So it became the first to be electrified in Iberian Peninsula. By 1930’s the inaugurations begun and soon all the “world Elite” had eyes on Estoril. The second world war was the golden “Era” when monarchs and very rich people had to leave their countries to escape the Nazi devastation. It has the golden refuge for many kings and Emperors; here they could stay safe protected by the neutrality that Portugal assumed during the War. He died in 1950 with 70...

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Guincho Beach

Posted by on Jul 27, 2013 in Uncategorized |

  Many tourists come to Cascais wanting to rent a bike or a scooter to spend the day at Guincho or Cabo da Roca, many ask if one morning of afternoon is enough? Here is the information for those interested. From Cascais till Guincho is around… 9 kilometers with a beautiful bike lane easily ridable 30 to 40 minutes to reach Guincho. If you want to go to Cabo da Roca, it is harder by bike. It is another 11 Km from Guincho but the road is very steep, It Will take you at least one hour. The best way is to go is in a scooter. If you are a good rider, in good shape, you may also try an Electric Bike. Cabo da Roca is the most occidental place in continental Europa. Described as “the place where land ends and Atlantic starts”. Breathtaking views with giant window to ocean. For those who prefer the beach, Guincho has a fantastic one! with bar and restaurant where you can spend a beautiful afternoon. For those who want to know and experience the best spot for wind surfing or kite surfing, there is a shop in the Hotel Muchaxo where you can rent all the surfing equipment. If you never experienced it, you may also have classes in surf school. So it is easy. only depends on your plans....

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How to get to Cascais

Posted by on Jul 27, 2013 in Uncategorized |

Most of our visitors arrive to Cascais coming from Lisbon airport. Frequently they arrive here by taxi, which is a bit expensive! Simply because they are not sure about the public transportation in the region… To get to Cascais from any part of Lisbon it is easy, you simply have to get to Cais do Sodré train station. If you arrive by plane, you catch the red line of Lisbon Metro in Airport station, then you change for the green line in Alameda station, this line will take you to Cais do Sodré train station. There you have trains to Cascais every 20 minutes. The Cascais train station is right in the center of the town and most of Hotels are accessible with a short walk. Most of transport services are near the train station. If you want to rent a scooter we are 200 m away from train station near Jardim Visconde da Luz. Scooters are the simply and funniest way to discover all the...

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Happy aniversary Porsche 911

Posted by on Jun 7, 2013 in Uncategorized |

This weekend 8th and 9th June Porsche 911 celebrates his 50th anniversary in Cascais. At the Marina, the final preparations are taking place to receive the largest concentration of this automotive icon. In the VIP tent is already parked one of the first units that got out of the factory half a century ago! Today and tomorrow many more will join. Age as never a issue for this German, it has same look and energy since the beginning, and that is the reason for such a large crowd of fans around the...

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The Sun is here to stay.

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Uncategorized |

Finally the Sun arrived to Portugal. Unlike last two weeks this is not a shy one. The invitation to a long evening outside is strong. Cascais is ready for a great season! Visit us! Enjoy the beach in the morning, have a fantastic Ice cream in Santini. Later you may have a beer in Largo de Camões. If your stomach is calling, you may have a Sushi in Sushissimo, a good restaurant to stay and relax for the night with lounge music and friendly people. The next morning we suggest a bicycle ride to Guincho, amazing views! Unforgettable bike path. After Lunch, If you fell strong enough, you can rent a scooter and go to Sintra: A meeting with History and all the beautiful castles. If you want to explore more, you can rent a scooter in the morning and drive to Lisbon along the “Marginal”, one of the most beautiful roads in Europe! The sea stretches till Lisbon and finally you meet the river “Tejo”. In your way you will experience the smell, the noises, the liberty of driving a scooter and stop where you want to. Explore the most hidden places of Lisbon in the old town. And when the night approaches you can return for your quiet drink in one of the many bars in...

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