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Discover the Lisbon Coast in Portugal

May 25, 2008
The Lisbon Coast line (Costa de Lisboa) is often referred as the Portuguese Riviera and includes some of the chicest seaside resorts in Portugal.

This is a cosmopolitan area with a long tradition of warm hospitality. Since the 1920s, it has been a favoured haunt of Europes aristocracy and royal families (many of the exiled or deposed have made this their home) and in the 21st century, it is now a hot spot for major international personalities from the world of fashion, sport and entertainment.

This region has a unique atmosphere, removed from the bustle of the city but with easy access to all the culture that Lisbon offers. With a good road network, most venues on the Estoril Coast are within half-an-hours drive from Lisbon and its international airport.

Setubal, which is this regions most southerly town, is about 50 minutes. The railway system is excellent. Portuguese trains are generally very modern and clean and invariably run exactly on time, so you can leave your car and hop on a train to get into the city.

Many overseas visitors and investors consider the climate in the Lisbon Coast as perfect, it is never too hot or too cold and the sea breezes ensure that is it never too humid allowing the enjoyment of sports and other outdoor activities throughout the year.

Here you will find:
Long flat sandy beaches or wilder beaches with craggy rocks, caves and pirate coves
Lighthouses, cliff top fortresses, and windmills
Forests and dramatic mountains, the Serra Sintra lie to the north and west, and the Serra da Arrabida is situated to the south
Gentle hillsides, green valleys and farmland
Sophisticated towns with avenues of palm trees
Traditional fishing harbours
Castles, Palaces and Mansions
Prehistoric sites and medieval ruins
Museums, monuments and one of the largest sacred buildings in the world at Mafra
Vineyards and Wine cellars
The Estoril race track (a Mecca for car-racing enthusiasts)

Even though Lisbon is on the doorstep, this region has its own cultural traditions which include Music and Dance Festivals, equine displays at the Queluz Advanced Riding School, as well as the traditional Portuguese annual town Festas.

For the sporty, this region offers:
An excellent choice of golf courses
Swimming
Surfing and Windsurfing
Water skiing
Fishing
Sailing
Tennis clubs
Horse Riding and many sports complexes

Alternatively if you are looking for the thrill of something a bit more extreme, the Costa de Lisboa (Lisbon Coastline) offers:
Parachuting
Para-gliding
Rock climbing
Mountain biking
Flying
Speed boating

For children, this region offers schools in:
Surfing
Yachting
Horse Riding
Tennis

Alternatively if you want to shop, lunch and shop some more, this region is a must for you.

And there is no shortage of Nightlife which includes:
The Casino in Estoril
Restaurants
Bars
Nightclubs

LISBON COAST GOLF CLUBS
Belas Clube de Campo
Golf do Estoril
Lisbon Sports Club
Oitavos Golf
Penha Longa Atlantico
Quinta da Beloura
Quinta da Marinha

Hope to meet you soon along the Lisbon Coastline!
About the Author
Antonio is the webmaster of http://www.silver-coast-properties.net, a site that offers a wide range of useful and helpful information about the Silver Coast. Visit his site for more informations.
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