Information & Facts
Besides the beaches (which can become very overcrowded in
summer) Estoril is not short of things to do while on holiday. It
is particularly well equipped for golfers, and therefore draws
plenty of same, who enjoy the old, established championship golf
course. Tennis has also put Estoril on the map, its annual Tennis
Open in April having ensured that the local tennis club offers
plenty of state of the art courts, which guests can enjoy. There is
a music museum to browse through in the town, and boat excursions
on offer. When Estoril's attractions start to pall, visitors can
enjoy a walk along the esplanade to Cascais to see what is
happening in this lively neighbouring resort.
Portuguese is the official language, but English is
widely spoken and understood.
Portugal is a member of the European Union and its official
currency is the Euro (EUR), which is divided into 100 cents. There
are numerous banks, bureaux de change and ATMs available in main
cities and tourist destinations. Foreign currency can be exchanged
at banks, bureaux de change and automatic currency exchange
machines. Banking hours are generally 8.30am to 3pm Monday to
Friday. Major credit cards are widely accepted, as are travellers
Estoril is a sedate seaside destination, not suited to children
or young party animals.
The main drawcard after dark in Estoril is the famed casino,
which not only caters for gamblers and slot machine addicts, but
also offers a flashy cabaret show. When it comes to clubs and pubs,
the options are better in nearby Cascais.
The Estoril resort has a modest selection of restaurants serving
both local dishes and international fare, but most tend to be
rather upmarket and expensive. There are some laid-back cafes
around the casino, and casual eateries along the promenade. For a
superb dining experience one cannot beat the Four Seasons in the
Palácio Hotel, Rua do Parque, where the gourmet menu extends from
sole meneure to wild boar cutlets. An excellent fish restaurant,
next to the casino, is the Costa do Estoril, a good place to
indulge in the Portuguese favourite codfish. Inevitavel Steak
Lounge is popular with expats.
Shopping is limited in Estoril, mainly confined to mini-market
grocers serving the locals with a few craft shops and vendors along
the beachfront. Souvenirs are available but for a real shopping
spree while on holiday, visitors have to head for the large Cascais
Shopping Centre a few miles away.
Local time is GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to
Saturday before last Sunday in October).