Car: not necessary
The Atlantic resorts of Estoril and Cascais - which along with nearby Sintra make up Portugal so-called 'Golden Triangle' - are an excellent base for visitors to Portugal.
Within easy reach of the capital Lisbon by train from Cais do Sodre station both Estoril and Cascais, (less than 30 minutes apart on foot) have long been the preferred getaway of rich Lisboetas and well-to-do European visitors.
Known as a haunt of international spies in World War II and later hideaway of various pretenders to European thrones, Estoril is now a palm-fringed, pastel playground of the well-off and well connected, drawn by a winning combination of Europe's largest casino, a range of first-class hotels and some superb golf courses. Praia de Tamariz is the lovely beach at the centre of the town with showers, an ocean swimming pool and a number of good bars for a sun-downer.
Estoril Casino includes a variety of restaurants, bars, a nightclub and a nightly floor show. The casino provides roulette, blackjack, slots and poker tables.
Estoril plays host to the Estoril open tennis tournament in April - an important clay-court warm-up for the French open and the Estoril Golf course has held the PGA Portuguese open.
There are 6 golf courses on the Estoril Coast with varying degrees of difficulty suitable for all types of players.