Just 10km from Lisbon is one of Portugal's most beautiful and popular leisure areas.
An area warm in summer and mild in winter, the Estoril coast has been attracting
visitors for centuries and is where the Lisbon gentry established their summer homes
and weekend retreats; mansions and stately homes close to the sea or in discreet
Here there are white sandy beaches, golf and watersports, casinos and nightlife,
concerts and ballet. In fact, all the ingredients of a holiday where you can choose
to be as active or relaxed as you wish.
The spectacular coastline leads up from Cascais and Estoril to the romantic old
town of Sintra and to aristocratic Queluz.
To the south of the estuary are unspoilt, dune-backed beaches with attractive residential
developments close by for quieter pursuits.
The perfect combination of sun, sea, countryside, culture and city pursuits - and
all this so close to Lisbon!
View our luxury
villas in Portugal
Oporto is the gateway city to the north of Portugal - the city which gave its name
to Port, a favourite both as an aperitif and after-dinner drink - is situated magnificently
at the mouth of the Douro river and boasts an historical centre which is now a World
Northwards, the Minho region is bordered by the sea running up to the Minho river,
which acts as the country's northern border with Spain. Here, arched vines edge
the roads and twist around the trees in the fields. This is the world of 'Vinho
Verde', the dry white wine, which is such a superb accompaniment to fish and the
local dishes of the region. Many vineyards are open to the traveller providing the
ideal excuse (if it was needed) to sample traditional hospitality.
The Minho is steeped in history with ancient settlements, impressive churches and
the pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostela and there is not a town or village
that does not have a fair or festival, especially in summer, where locals and visitors
alike can experience fun, fireworks and dancing, accompanied as always with tasty
local food and wines.
To the east of Oporto is the renowned and stunningly beautiful Douro Valley. Here,
a Mediterranean climate encourages the growth of figs, cherries, almonds, oranges
and, of course, grapes. It was on these sunny slopes and chalky terraces that Port
wine was invented and it was on the River Douro that the barrels were transported
in traditional boats to the warehouses of Gaia, on the bank of the river opposite
Northern Portugal is an area to be discovered at your leisure and our traditional,
superbly located houses are your ideal base.
View our luxury
villas in Northern Portugal