Estoril’s famous casino, the place where Ian Fleming rubbed shoulders with the spies of World War 2 before using it as inspiration for his hit novel Casino Royale, is just one attraction in the picturesque town of Estoril, located just 35 minutes from Lisbon by train. A wonderful coastal run (at a wallet-friendly price), Estoril is a perfect day out from Lisbon for those who fancy a walk on the beach or a night sticking and twisting on the tables. The train heads out of Lisbon towards the Atlantic and arrives at the station which borders the beach. Tamariz beach is lined with restaurants and in summer there’s a plethora of Caribbean style grass umbrellas to shade you from the sun. This is where Lisbon’s jetset go when they’re not on soap opera sets. A stunning tower also takes centre stage on the picturesque beach front. It’s also perfect for fitness fanatics, with the promenade adjacent to the beach being the perfect place to run, walk, ride a bike or even Zumba. Free Zumba classes take place here in the summer.
If espionage and secret liaisons at the casino aren’t your cup of tea, there’s an adrenaline rush available at Circuito Estoril, Estoril’s motorsport circuit. Home to Le Mans, circuit days and former home of the Portuguese Grand Prix, it’s well worth a visit for any petrolhead.