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Estremadura

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About Estremadura

Estremadura is the heart of rural Portugal, a rich land of emerald hills and valleys dotted with historic market towns serving delicious local specialities.  Running up one side of Estremadura is the Atlantic coast, miles of windswept beautiful coastline - very popular with surfers. There's plenty of choice when it comes to seeking out the best places to stay in Estremadura, lots of small treasures offering peace and delicious food amongst beautiful scenery.

Estremadura is a great place for foodies, and many of the regions highlights have something to do with eating. Even when you're visiting the region's spectacular abbeys and monasteries, you'll find there's still a foodie element to the displays.

Estremadura is also home to Portugal's largest cave system, an important dinosaur fossil monument, numerous fortresses, some spectacular walking trails, a number of interesting local museums and several notable castles.

Where To Stay

  • Cascais, located just a short distance away from Lisbon, is a chic town that's one of the country's original holiday destinations - having been frequented regularly by King Luis in the late 19th century.
  • The Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais is a beautiful spot for a holiday retreat, ideal for those who want to escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
  • Obidos is a lovely town that oozes with that laidback Mediterranean charm.

What Not To Miss

  • Be sure to check out Escoural Cave to learn all about prehistoric life and see the ancient paintings on the cave walls.
  • The stunning baroque Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Alcobaça, dating back to the 12th century, is a must see if you're in the region.
  • The Monumento Natural das Pegadas dos Dinossáurios is a fascinating spot - wander around and take in the sauropod footprints (over 1,000 of them!) with the oldest dating from 175 million years ago.
  • Take the family around the Buddha Eden, a garden filled with large sculptures of Buddha. There's even a little tourist train that goes around which is perfect for tired kids!

This a region just waiting to be explored - probably best by car or bike. Our pick of the best places to stay in Estremadura are all well-placed to make the most of the area.

For Cascais

  • The Farol Design Hotel for cutting edge design and sleek, clean white style. The infinity pool almost touches the sea. There is an excellent restaurant and the bar is all chrome and glass. The relaxed style makes it one of the best places to stay in Cascais for couples looking for a romantic spot.
  • Pousada de Cascais, set within a 16th century fortress, boasts smart contemporary rooms as well as a lovely spa. A wide range of artwork is on display and there are two excellent restaurants to choose from.
  • Villa Vasco de Gama is an elegant property boasting smart and minimalist contemporary accommodation, as well as featuring a large outdoor pool and a lovely bar.
  • Set in a picturesque historic mansion, Casa Da Pergola boasts elegantly traditional rooms with chandeliers and classy furnishings - feel transported back in time to another era! Enjoy a good book in the inner courtyard and the beach is just a short distance away. All this from just €55 a night!
  • If you want to be right on the coastline then the best place to stay in Cascais is the Hotel Albatroz. Sitting prettily on a cliff top between two sandy coves, you couldn't be closer to the ocean. As well as having one of the best spots in town, this hotel is quite beautiful, with stylish decor in a variety of styles. The restaurant is great, and there's a range of accommodation to choose from - with some designed especially for families.

For the Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais

  • Sitting almost in the sea, the 5* Senhora Da Guia is brimming with luxury. Chic accommodation which is traditional in style, a deluxe spa and a pool with stunning views of the Atlantic. Treat yourself to a massage and enjoy first-rate meals from the restaurant.
  • Offering simple yet chic contemporary rooms, with family suites available, Martinhal Cascais is a good option if you are visiting with the kids. Their every need is catered for! They can let off steam in the playground, join in with the kids club and try out the many different eateries on site. There is also a spoiling spa for the adults!
  • The Oitavos, set on a 400-acre estate atop rolling dunes facing the Atlantic providing contemporary 5* accommodation. With two excellent restaurants, a golf course and extensive spa facilities there is everything you need for a top romantic getaway.
  • Fortaleza Do Guincho is a beautiful beachfront 5*, boasting classically elegant accommodation with stone floors and period pieces. With a Michelin-starred restaurant, a pool and splendid sea views, the ideal romantic getaway.
  • Set in a gorgeous historic building and surrounded by beautiful grounds, Penha Longa is a supreme stay. Belying the traditional facade, it provides chic contemporary rooms and features two top-notch golf courses! Choose from any one of the 5 splendid restaurants and feel a million miles away from all your worries as you unwind in their spa.
  • Lawrence's Hotel, located in Sintra, offers elegant accommodation furnished in a traditional manner. Surrounded by beautiful countryside this is an incredibly relaxing stay.
  • Another 5*, this time set in a stunning rural mansion, Tivoli Palacio de Seteas is a truly dreamy spot. You will love the opulent rooms in creamy tones and also the two pools set amidst lovely gardens. Work up a sweat on the tennis courts before tucking into gourmet cuisine.
  • Sintra Marmoris Palace, located inbetween the national park and the city, is an elegant villa offering a range of accommodation - some rooms are exquisitely opulent! A really classy stay in a top spot.

For Obidos

  • Casa d'Obidos is a traditional guesthouse with rooms from just €68 per night. The accommodation is unfussy and traditional, whilst you can spend your days on the tennis courts or lounging by the pool.
  • Pousada de Obidos is a stunning stay located within a national monument! Featuring upscale accommodation which blends antiques with contemporary furnishings, whilst there's also a lovely restaurant with views to die for.
  • Casa das Senhoras Rainhas is right in amongst the ramparts of Medieval Óbidos, with colourful rooms, private balconies, a pleasant courtyard and a lovely restaurant. You're also right by Óbidos' lagoon.

For elsewhere

  • Areias do Seixo offers eco-luxury right on the beach. Accommodation is in rooms, villas or a townhouse, each decorated differently, with a wood burning stove here and a touch of Scandi minimalism there. The spa and restaurant are consistently good though.
  • Challet Fonte Nova is a gorgeous townhouse in the style of the Portuguese nobility, with high ceilings and beautiful chandeliers. Close to some local highlights, without being too close to town, so it's great for walkers and those looking for an escape.
  • Surfers Lodge Peniche is a chic stay right by the beach. The rooms are stylish, light, and spacious, whilst there's also a swimming pool, rooftop hot-tub, bar, restaurant, and surf academy.
  • Aldeia da Mata Pequena is a classically rural whitewashed house which offers a comfortable stay amidst the countryside's peace and quiet. Rooms from just €68 per night.

For An Apartment Or Villa

If you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Estremadura's nicest in the summer months, with the average temperature climbing to 24°C in July. This however is peak tourist season, so if you fancy a quieter and cheaper time to visit then consider coming in September or October.
  • International guests can fly into Lisbon Airport, served daily by direct flights from the UK, across Europe and beyond.
  • The airport is well served by public transport links to take you to your final destination in Estremadura.
  • For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

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Best Hotels in Estremadura

  • Casa da Pergola 10 rooms from £48

    Cascais

    An historic mansion in a sleepy fishing village. Elegant rooms have chandeliers, silky fabrics, and sophisticated furnishings, some have private balconies. Charming inner courtyard and luscious gardens. Close to sailing, sightseeing, and wine tasting.

    Value chic
    Sailing  -  Bay of Cascais and Tagus river.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
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  • Casa d'Obidos 10 rooms from £61

    Obidos (Quinta de São José)

    A traditional Portuguese style guesthouse with bedrooms in the main house and additional apartments. Rooms feature antique furniture and elegant trappings evoking a classical charm. There is also a homey dining room, guest lounge, games rooms, gardens, plus a pool and tennis courts.

    Local exploring  -  In a great location close to all important tourist attractions like the castle, Vila Natal and Caldas da Rainha hot springs
    Families  -  Apartments that can accommodate up to six guests are great for families
    Value chic  -  Incredible value for such a delightful boutique stay
    Local markets  -  Explore the village on foot, visit local shops and local artisans
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  • Aldeia da Mata Pequena 12 rooms from £61

    Mafra (Lisboa)

    You can find these beautiful white-washed houses in agricultural Saloia. Offering comfort of a home with a kitchen, backyard and barbecue facilities. There is nothing much to do here except explore the countryside or just relax in the lounge chairs at the property. Good for a couple of days.

    Back to Nature  -  In a secluded rural village between Mafra and Lisbon - a great spot to enjoy nature and simply be
    Families  -  Take over the place - a home away from home for holidaying families
    Full of character
    Traditional
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  • Surfers Lodge Peniche 17 rooms from £80

    Peniche (Ferrel)

    Trendy and chic hotel close to Baleal Beach in Northern Portugal. Ensuite rooms light, spacious and with quirky art on walls. With an outdoor swimming pool, glorious roof top terrace, hot tub, funky bar and restaurant. Ideal for those who want to learn to surf as has own Academy.

    Surfing  -  Suitable beaches nearby.
    Full of character
    On the beach  -  In front of the hotel.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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  • Challet Fonte Nova 10 rooms from £98

    Alcobaça, Estremadura

    A gorgeous townhouse in the style of Portugese nobility. Traditional elegant interiors have high ceilings, painting, chandeliers, killim rugs. Bedrooms have lovely private balconies looking onto the garden. A romantic spot for local exploring.

    Sights nearby  -  Alcobaca Monastery and Alcobaca Castle, Church of Vimeiro and Nazare Port.
    Restrictions on children  -  18 and over.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Traditional
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  • Villa Vasco da Gama 13 rooms from £100

    Cascais

    An elegant villa with chic contemporary interiors in the historic town of Cascais. Accommodation is minimalist in style with polished wooden floors, white washed walls, crisp white linen and luxurious bathrooms. Featuring a large pool, glamourous bar and it's just a short walk from the beach.

    Local exploring  -  Ideally located to explore Cascais, Sintra and Lisbon.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Traditional
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  • Farol Design Hotel 33 rooms from £96

    Cascais

    This hotel definitely does not betray its name. Its cutting edge design - clean lines and white everything - make this a very trendy spot to stay. Stunning infinity pool (almost touching the sea) and excellent fusion restaurant. A hit for for the young and hip, honeymooners or not.

    Swimming Pool  -  Infinity pool overlooking the sea.
    City Style  -  Truly hip.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape
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  • Fortaleza do Guincho 27 rooms from £105

    Cascais

    A Five Star hotel on the beach front. Beautiful rooms and suites have stone floors, elegant furnishings, and lots of space. Michelin star restaurant, terraces, pools, perfect views. Access to all water sports. Romantic, family friendly, beachy.

    Foodies  -  Michelin star chef.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Beach Life
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux
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  • Casa das Senhoras Rainhas 10 rooms from £105

    Obidos

    An historic townhouse undergone chic renovation by the ramparts of medieval Obidos. Colourful rooms with private balconies, lovely restaurant and courtyard, and access to the Lagoon nearby. Lovely for a family holiday and local exploring.

    Sights nearby  -  Inside the castle walls of Obidos
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Lawrence's Hotel 17 rooms from £114

    Sintra

    An majestic hotel in Sintra. Its room are decorative and ornate, in particular the beds, which are beautifully adorned with elegant headboards and eiderdowns. Perfect for a romantic break to explore the rich history and culture of Sintra. A charming Portuguese destination.

    Country Escape  -  An elegant retreat set in stunning countryside, with charming grounds, old world decor and fine dining.
    Great walks  -  There are beautiful walking trails in the surrounding Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais.
    Sights nearby  -  Sintra National Palace, Moors Castle and Pena National Palace are all within a mile.
    Local markets  -  Explore the charming markets of Sintra, and pick up some local products.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
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  • Senhora da Guia 42 rooms from £118

    Cascais

    Superb five-star hotel sitting right on the Atlantic Ocean. Luxury at every turn with splendid rooms, a deluxe spa and a stunning pool overlooking the bay. In the day explore the rich Moorish history of the area or just as easily unwind by the pool. A heavenly seaside oasis.

    Total relaxation  -  The ideal beachside retreat with Hammam, hot tub, massages and a salt-water pool nestled between Cascais and Guincho Beach.
    Romantic Break  -  Right on the Atlantic, it's soothing seaside atmosphere makes it perfect for a romantic holiday.
    Sights nearby  -  Castle lovers can visit the Pena National Palace, the Moors Castle and Sintra National Palace, all seven miles from the hotel.
    Fishing  -  Deep sea fishing trips can be organised by the hotel.
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  • Pousada de Cascais 126 rooms from £132

    Cascais

    The Pousada de Cascais - Citadel Historic Hotel and Art District is set within a 16th century fortress in this seaside town. A mini city within itself, this luxurious, beautifully designed hotel comes with chic spa, stunning rooms and six galleries showing the work of resident and visiting artists.

    Suites  -  Eighteen contemporary and minimalist suites some with sea view or direct access to the spa or the internal courtyards
    Restaurant  -  Two restaurants, Taberna da Praca serves Portuguese cuisine and Maris Stella serves locally caught seafood
    Artworks  -  Art exhibitions and open studios are scattered throughout the Pousada
    Spa  -  Magic Spa signature face and body treatments
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  • Tivoli Palacio de Seteas 30 rooms from £164

    Sintra

    A beautiful Five Star mansion in the countryside. Opulent creamy bedrooms, suites and family rooms. Stunning gardens, two pools, barbecues, tennis courts, and an excellent restaurant. A great choice for a family holiday or romantic break.

    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Romantic Break
    Families
    Sights nearby  -  Quinta da Regaleira, National Palace, Moorish Castle, Pena Palace and Monserrate Palace.
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  • The Oitavos 142 rooms from £180

    Cascais

    A stunning, five-star hotel set amidst the rolling dune landscape of Cascais. The elegant and coastal cool suites offer spectacular views over this four-hundred-acre estate. Brimming with all the creature comforts of a top class hotel, it's perfect for a relaxing, romantic break. Bliss.

    Romantic Break  -  This enchanting coastal property oozes romance from every pore, perfect for a relaxing break by the sea.
    Local exploring  -  Nestled into Sintra National Park, it's perfect for exploring the surrounding beauty of the area.
    Sights nearby  -  History lovers will enjoy visiting Pena National Palace and Sintra National Palace, both seven miles from the hotel.
    Great walks  -  Make the most of the beautiful walking through the surrounding national park.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Sintra Marmoris Palace 9 rooms from £184

    Sintra (Rua Barão de Almeida Santos Nº7)

    Superbly situated on the border between a national park and the city, Sintra Marmoris Palace is an elegant 19th-century manor house. Offering a range of spacious rooms and suites with some more opulent and traditional than others. Wander around the lush garden and enjoy the fabulous views.

    Local exploring  -  Located besides Sintra's historic centre and with many major sights within a short distance
    Great walks  -  Take a leisurely stroll through the Chalet and Garden of the Countess of Edla or hike up the Serra Sintra
    Sights nearby  -  Be sure to visit the historic Moors Castle and Sintra National Palace
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and outdoor pools
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  • Pousada de Obidos 17 rooms from £193

    Obidos (Paço Real)

    An upscale hotel located inside a national monument. Brimming with antique pieces, stone walls, cobbled flooring, four poster beds and chandeliers are juxtaposed with a contemporary finish. The restaurant and bar is a treat offering great views of Óbidos. A great stay.

    Local exploring  -  Located right in the centre of town inside a 700 year old castle. Close by to the train station as well
    Romantic Break  -  A very romantic stay with comfortable rooms and great views of Obidos
    Historic  -  The hotel is situated inside a 14th century castle
    Great walks  -  Book hiking tours at the front desk
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Penha Longa 194 rooms from £193

    Sintra

    A supreme hotel with championship golf courses, a state of the art spa, world class restaurants, and gorgeous grounds. Huge contemporary chic rooms and suites with balconies, all the mod cons, and stunning views towards the mountains. Luxurious, family friendly, apt for sports enthusiasts.

    Golf  -  The resort has its own 18 hole golf course.
    Active Holiday  -  Two world class championship golf courses.
    Foodies  -  Five innovative restaurants.
    Spa breaks  -  State of the art spa.
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  • Hotel Albatroz 52 rooms from £193

    Cascais

    Luxury chic hotel on the beach. Beautifully decorated rooms and suites in pastels with sea views, private balconies, and marble bathrooms. Excellent pool and restaurant, and access to the beach. Perfect for an active beach holiday for families or couples.

    Views  -  Wonderful sea views
    Active Holiday
    Beach Life
    Sights nearby  -  Sintra for the Pena Palace.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Areias do Seixo 14 rooms from £232

    Torres Vedras (Póvoa de Penafirme)

    The epitome of eco luxury on the beach front. Upmarket eco design permeates all rooms, villas, and one townhouse, each different. Wood burning stoves, a touch of Scandinavian minimalism here, sumptuous Indian style there. It's eco eclecticism at its most luxurious. Fab spa and restaurant too.

    Families  -  Each villa sleeps up to 7.
    Spa breaks
    Groups
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet
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  • Martinhal Cascais 84 rooms from £340

    Cascais (Quinta da Marinha)

    A trendy resort that perfectly combines style and a family friendly attitude. Chic rooms are simple in design with floor to ceiling windows and private balconies. Numerous eateries will provide options for all. A spoiling spa also offers family packages. Endless activities in-house and out. Superb.

    Families  -  Designed with families in mind. A playground, kids club and numerous in-house activities will keep little ones entertained.
    Total relaxation  -  With an excellent spa and laid back atmosphere this is a resort for completely chilling out.
    Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to UNESCO-listed Sintra with its 19th-century Romantic architecture, castles and palaces.
    Local markets  -  Be sure to visit the vibrant Cascais market running on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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