The Cascais-Estoril promenade is an enjoyable 3km walk that extends from fishing town of Cascais to the small village of Sao Joao do Estoril. The route follows the sea walls and sea defences that line the beaches and rock outcrops of the coastline. The promenade is flat and is suitable to visitors of all ages and abilities. The Estoril promenade passes many of the region’s best beaches and there are many interesting sights, historical buildings and outdoor cafes.
The beach walk from Cascais to Estoril
This one of the most popular short walks in the Cascais region and it is possible to walk from one train station to another. The western end of the walk is served by Cascais train station while the eastern end is close to the Sao Joao do Estoril train station. Estoril train station is at the halfway point of the walk. The “Cascais to Estoril” section of the promenade is the most popular and has more cafes, restaurants and shops than the “Estoril to Sao Joao do Estoril” section.
The sea defences (and the promenade) finish at the Praia da Azarujinha beach, in Sao Joao do Estoril. From this beach to the train station there are steep steps which climb the cliff face, for a flat ramp access leave the promenade at the Praia da Poça beach.
The Estoril and Cascais coastline
Sao Joao do Estoril is in the same train fare zone as Cascais, so there is no need to purchase a separate ticket for the return journey. Cascais train station is close to the Praia da Duquesa beach but it is more enjoyable to continue into Cascais town centre. To extend the walk visit the pretty gardens in front of the Estoril Casino. The casino is directly behind Estoril train station at the Praia do Tamariz beach.
Estoril beach (the Praia do Tamariz)
Cycling is not permitted along the Estoril promenade and is simply not possible at the weekends when it can get rather busy with pedestrians. An enjoyable cycling route is from Cascais to Guincho beach that follows the N247 west out of Cascais. The 9km route is along a purpose build cycle trail (of distractive red tarmac) and passes a very scenic coastline.
Here is a list of the beaches along the Promenade, listed from west to east:
Praia da Conceição
Praia da Duquesa
Praia das Moitas
Praia do Tamariz (Estoril train station)
Praia do Pescoço do Cavalo
Praia da Poça
Praia da Azarujinha