Description of Apartment/Location
Step out of the front door and you find yourself right in the heart of it all. This area is rich in history and culture. It's extremely trendy with a variety of the best bars & restaurants just up a couple of blocks. As soon you get out the door you are in the night area where you can get a true Portuguese night life experience... Hop on the charming "Elevador da Bica" (Lisbon's famous tram inaugurated 1892) to be transported back to times gone by. The property is within 15 minutes walk of the fresh produce market at Avenida 24 Julho near Cais do Sodré station.
Spill out into the plentiful cafés, bars and speciality shops for a real Lisboeta experience. Take in the sights and sounds whilst enjoying a typical continental breakfast or an afternoon beer "imperial" on the pavement cafés and watch the world go by.
This lively suburb of downtown Lisbon, one of the more intelectual parts of the city, frequented and inhabited by journalists, writers, students and visitors alike... just steps away from the trendiest shopping streets.
The area around this self-catering Lisbon Coast property has plenty to offer in respect of food, shopping, transport and other amenities such as pharmacies, banks, et cetera.
Out and About Locally
Out & About in Cascais (30 mins from Cais do Sodre)
For the very young or young at heart, take a stroll through the local park (Parque Municipal da Gandarinha) in Cascais located opposite the marina and beside the cultural centre. Feed the ducks - or just sit at the local café and read a book whilst the peacocks strut around you. Sit out in the late afternoon sun and enjoy the sunset on the Esplanade Beach Bar in Cascais (Praia da Rainha) whilst enjoying champagne or sangria or perhaps at Casa da Guia over a sun down cocktail, while the sun disappears behind the ocean. If you have spent the day on Guincho Beach, the most romantic sunsets can be viewed from the Abano Beach Bar (BG Bar).
Parque Marechal Carmona - one single space resulting from the marriage of the gardens of the Palace of the Conde of Castro Guimarães and the property of the Visconde of Gandarinha. Apart from an abundance of exotic trees and shrubs, the tranquility of this park offers curious hiding places to quietly read a book or romantic tree lined pathways. Wander around the small ponds, infant playground, mini zoo, aviary, youth library, duck pond, café, museum, chapel, rose gardens, etc. right in the heart of Cascais! Open 8.30-19.45 summer & 8.30-17.45 winter. Bicycles can be hired locally (no charge) in Cascais and there is a bicycle path which stretches for miles along the beautiful coastline to Guincho Beach. Another useful service is the “Giro” Bus to CascaisShopping - a popular shopping mall on the outskirts of Cascais & Estoril.
Local activities include diving, surfing, swimming, tennis, walking, sailing, cycling, fishing, horse riding, golf, wind-surfing, water skiing, mountain biking, mountaineering, rollerblading on the purpose-built pathway along the coast road.
Night life includes the Tamariz Night Club which is practically suspended over the beach in Estoril (summertime only) and Jezebels Night Club behind Estoril Casino during the winter months. Alternatively, try the club for "the young at heart" (Vangogo) in Cascais old town. Take in the International Show or Dinner & Show at the Estoril Casino.
The Artisan Fair in Estoril (behind Casino) each July and August offers handicraft and a variety of restaurants serving traditional food.
The Cascais tourism office is situated in the square in Cascais, for all the maps and local information you need.
Another Lisbon tourism office is situated on the waterfront just beside the casino gardens and opposite the Estoril train station.
Out & About in Lisbon
Lisbon and the Lisbon Coast are both an all-year-round destination. Summers, whilst warm, are rarely oppressive and the cooling sea breeze keeps it comfortable even during the hottest months. Very mild winters mean you can enjoy your short break in the winter sun in Lisbon. The nearby town of Sintra is a World Heritage site is well worth a visit.
Lisbon itself has lots to delight; from taking an old electric tram up the steep hills of Lisbon to whizzing up to the top of the Santa Justa Elevator to get a panoramic view of the city of Lisbon. Do visit Alfama (the old quarter) and be sure to wear comfortable rubber soled shoes to avoid slipping on the cobbles. In the evenings, take in a Fado evening over dinner in one of the many restaurants in this area. Bairro Alto is also wonderfully lively at night – lots of restaurants, Fado houses and late night bars/clubs.
June 12th is the night of the Festival of St Anthony (Santo António); the best night for trying traditional sardines in Lisbon. Go by tram - #15 is the best - to Belem. It leaves from Praça da Figueira and stops at Praça do Comércio and Cais do Sodré before going on to Belém (getting off by Jerónimos Monestary) - a wonderful place of fountains, parks, monuments and monasteries. Tram #28 is also worth taking a ride on to get the proper Lisbon tram experience, which can be caught at Miradouro das Portas do Sol and riding it until the Estrela Basílica.
Worth visiting in the Estremadura and beyond are, Óbidos, Sintra, Azeitão & Setúbal, Fatima & Nazaré. Alentejo is a little further (about 2 hours) but worth visiting are Évora and Monsaraz. The Esporão Wine Estate is worth having lunch at if you are going as far as Monsaraz.
Out & About in Sintra
Sintra is a World Heritage site and has a lot to be seen, including the Moorish Castle, the Palace of Pena, the National Palace and the mysterious Quinta da Regaleira. It also offers great shopping and restaurants. Markets in Sintra are on the 1st and 3rd weekends of each month. And with Lisbon only 25 minutes away and Cascais only 15 minutes, you can get all the cosmopolitan and night life you need.
A short distance away you can enjoy a lovely lunch at the Don Quixote Restaurant. This terrace bar is located at a windmill just a stone's throw away from the westernmost point in Europe. Sit relaxing with sangria in your hand and an incomparable view of the Guincho Beach and the Atlantic Ocean in front of you and the Sintra Hills behind. A truly perfect location for sunsets. Snacks are available including tea and scones. Pay a visit to Cabo da Roca, the most westerly point of Europe, where you can enjoy a cliff top walk with spectacular views and visit a local tourism point. There are many walking routes in the mountains (parts of it protected by World Heritage) behind Cascais, if you wish we can provide information and/or contacts to the local walking groups.
Otherwise for the more adventurous traveller, we can arrange organized buggy/go-kart tours along the coastline or into the protected mountain area (some tours need to be pre-organized so that permits can be obtained for the protected areas). The delightful old town of Ericeira takes you back in time to the days when it was a tiny fishing village. Cobbled streets, white-washed houses and a plethora of restaurants and cafes offer excellent food, especially the sea-food for which Portugal is deservedly famous. Ericeira is also legendary for its excellent surfing conditions and annually hosts a round of the ASP World Tour Surf Championships.
Coast / Beach
As Lisbon is located by the river mouth of the Rio Tejo, there are no beaches within walking distance, although there are plenty of fantastic beaches only a few train stops away. Catch the train from Cais do Sodré that runs all the way to Cascais along the coastline in approximately 30 minutes and you will find that you are spoilt for choice. Your closest beach is in Santo Amaro and the further you travel, the better the beaches get! For those that are interested in surfing, body-boarding and kite-surfing, it is well worth travelling a little further to Guincho beach just slightly beyond Cascais, although Carcavelos beach, which is much closer, is also suitable for these activities.
These have superb beach restaurants dotted all along the way serving fresh fish, sardines, various seafood and the famous Portuguese steak roll (Prego no pão).
If bar-hopping and dancing the night away is your thing, then you've come to the right place. In Lisbon, a sunset does not mean the end of the day by any means. A typical evening might start in Bairro Alto/Santos, where you can find numerous bars along the narrow streets of Lisbon. It is worth making a quick stop by Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara for a spectacular view of Lisbon.
If partying until the sun comes up is your idea of a good time, then why not pay a visit to ‘Op Art' by the docks in Alcântara (best in the summertime) and dance the night away by the riverside with stunning views. Lux Frágil is arguably the best club in Lisbon (partly owned by Hollywood actor John Malkovich) opposite the Santa Apolónia train station and stays open until the early hours of the morning.
There are some fantastic golf courses in the Cascais area and on the other side of the Rio Tejo. We offer to pre-purchase your Golf Passports with our Golf & Accommodation Packages. Our Golf & Accommodation Package entitles the golfer to play 3/5 courses (1 green fee p/course, as many rounds as possible) at a wide variety of courses.
If you would like us to make the necessary arrangements, please just let us know in advance whether your preference is the 3 or 5 day passport and which other course you would like to play.
For more information and pricing please email us or call us on +351 21 486 7767
A car is not needed for this property as you find yourself extremely close to the city centre. A variety of different modes of transport are all at your disposal, whether you decide to take the metro, tram, bus, taxi, train (which can also take you all the way to the equally beautiful Cascais in around 30 mins), or simply go on foot.
Arriving in Lisbon
Lisbon's primary airport (Portela) is located very near the city centre, so it shouldn't take you long to get wherever it is you're going in Lisbon. There is a regular shuttle service that operates between the airport and the Cais do Sodré train station, which is located right by the coastline. There is never a shortage of taxis, but beware of any taxi drivers that try to take you the long route to wherever it is you're headed. We advise that you acquire a map of the city and have a vague idea where it is you're going to avoid being swindled by the taxi drivers. If you find yourself crossing either the 25 de Abril or Vasco de Gama bridges, you are going the wrong way!
Alternatively, we are able to offer an airport transfer. Please send us an email and we will be happy to assist you.
If you are travelling from Faro airport, it is just a 2 and a quarter hours from Lisbon by car. There is also a train service that runs from Faro to Lisbon.
Both Lisbon and Faro airports offer a car rental service. http://www.holidayautos.co.uk/ or http://www.skyscanner.net/ offer great prices for car rental and we will provide written and map directions to the apartment - it's really simple.
We can provide plenty of advice and information on transport, local restaurants, shops, leisure activities and places of interest. Your apartment will have a manual which will give you tips for eating locally and things to do.
Portugal is famous for its traditional food, and in Lisbon you are spoilt for choice with a wide range of traditional and international cuisine to suit all tastes and budgets. There are a variety of restaurants or “Tascas” and bars at your doorstep and scattered all across Lisbon. Why not try the “Docas” (docks) in Alcântara, which offers you a plentiful range of bars and restaurants for you to choose from and only a couple of train stops away from Cais do Sodré station. Alternatively, you can find a large cluster of restaurants and bars in Bairro Alto, which also boasts a lively atmosphere at night. There are also some fantastic little gems near and around Praça do Comércio.
Longer Term Lets
We offer mid-term lets at reduced prices during the winter months. Please book online, email or call Nicola for a speedy response - +351 21 486 7767