The Lisbon Riviera (Costa De Lisboa) is a whole strip of fashionable resorts stretching from the mouth of the Tagus River north along the Atlantic coast. This resort area is the right choice for those who want to combine a vacation on the shore with a visit to historical and cultural monuments. It is best to rest here from May to the end of September.
The small towns of Estoril, Cascais, Carcavelus, Sintra and Costa de Caparica are a 15--30-minute drive from Lisbon.
Estoril is a fashionable resort with many beaches, ancient churches, an abundance of restaurants and shops. It will delight demanding tourists with developed resort infrastructure and hotels with excellent service.
Cascais, located a few kilometers from Estoril, has become a real youth center with a lot of discos and nightclubs in recent years. Those who like to enjoy nightlife come here.
Costa de Caparica is the closest resort to Lisbon on the opposite side of the Tagus River, where Lisbon residents themselves love to relax on weekends. Young people go here for a good wave for body-board classes, others - for local fresh fish cuisine and a walk along the coast. All summer, a small train runs along the shore and delivers vacationers to the beaches stretching for as much as 11 km.
Carcavelos is a resort town 15 km from Lisbon. There are good conditions for beach holidays, windsurfing and golf. The undoubted advantage of the resort is its proximity to famous historical monuments of the country. Therefore, for those who want to combine a vacation on the shore with an "excursion", it is better to choose Carcavelusz.