Published on : Thursday, April 20, 2017
With Lisbon, there’s no need to decide between a city break and a beach escape. Within a thirty minute drive of Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon, the cityscape gives way to the wild beauty of the western coast: dramatic cliffs, excellent waves and sheltered bays that combine to create a playground of pursuits from sailing and surfing to horse riding and golf. Watch this video for inspiration, then hire a car and journey to the ocean, the beach, the dunes, the paddocks or the fairways to discover the diversity of this incredible coastline.
Atlantic Ocean waves and a near-constant breeze provide exceptional conditions for surfers and kite-boarders at Praia do Guincho (Guincho Beach). Hire a board to ride powerful swells flanked by the unspoiled backdrop of the Serra da Sintra National Park. Or try stand-up-paddleboarding in the calmer waters of Cascais bay, followed by sundowners in one of the fish restaurants that line the shore.
The waves and winds also make this wild coastline a haven for sailors. Take to the waters that have hosted the America’s Cup World Series – or book a class to learn the basics and hone valuable skills under the expert tuition of one of the area’s exceptional sailing schools.
The western coast also presents an abundance of opportunities for creating movie moments. The rolling golden slopes and vast sandy swathes of Guincho Beach provided the setting for the 1969 Bond film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Little beats the view of this vast landscape from horseback – whether gently trotting through the dunes or galloping through the shallows on the beach. Alternatively, take to the rugged clifftop paths, framed by Atlantic views, for an invigorating hack.
Ocean views are also the highlight of many of the area’s 10 spectacular golf courses. Some of the finest include The Oitavos, a world-class Arthur Hills designed natural links course featuring 18-holes overlooking the Atlantic, and the 27-hole Estoril Golf Club designed by McKenzie Ross. Tee times vary so advance booking through the Concierge is required.
Whether on a boat, horse, board or fairway, the western coast is a striking setting in which to immerse in Lisbon’s leisure pursuits, tailored to perfection by Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon.
In case an extra incentive is needed, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon has a Stay Longer – Fourth Night Free offer: a package that includes a complimentary night’s stay, leaving more time to enjoy all that the city has to offer, including a day trip to the western coast.