Literary credentials and gorgeous gold-sand beaches
The golden beaches that border this seaside town give the Algarve a run for its money. There's a bit of coast for everyone – families can enjoy the calmer waters and beach-essential facilities of Praia do Tamariz, while watersports fanatics can travel a bit further south to Praia do Guincho for surf-worthy waters.
The town is more than just a pretty coastline, though. At its heart is the grand Casa de Verdades de Faria, which houses the Museum of Portuguese Music. Budding musician or not, we'd definitely recommend a visit. Also, make sure you look out for the remains of ancient Roman mansions, which are peppered across the town.
As the sun sets, local tapas bars are where it's all happening – join the locals and dine on the catch of the day. Alternatively, try your luck at Estoril's casino, the inspiration for Ian Fleming's first Bond novel, Casino Royale.
If you fancy a day out, trains to trendy Lisbon take just 40 minutes.
Flights from the UK to Lisbon take around two and a half hours.
Transfer time from Lisbon airport to Estoril is approximately 30 minutes.
Thanks to its ocean-side location, the Lisbon Coast enjoys plenty of bright and breezy weather. Expect temperatures to hit the high 20s during the summer months - ideal for beach days and sightseeing in the city. Spring and autumn are also pleasant, with average highs of 20-22 degrees.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Portugal.
Tipping in Portugal is generally optional. At cafés and when taking taxis, you can just round up to the nearest euro. When in restaurants, it’s common to leave around 10%.
The official language of Portugal is Portuguese. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.