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The Praia do Tamariz is a beautiful sandy beach in the resort town of Estoril.
Tamariz beach boasts soft golden sands, clean sea waters, and is free from any waves or currents, making it ideal for children. The Praia do Tamariz is the main beach within walking distance of Estoril, and if you are on holiday in Estoril this will probably be the first beach you visit.
The eastern side of the Praia do Tamariz, with the Forte da Cruz to the rear
During the summer, the Praia do Tamariz and the whole of the Cascais-Estoril region gets very busy, so expect to share the beach with many others.
Being close to the centre of Estoril, there is always a lot going on at the Praia do Tamariz. The beach is surrounded by numerous bars and restaurants, there is the lounge pool at Reverse, and there is a scenic beachside promenade that leads to Cascais. Behind the beach and the train station is the Estoril Casino and Jardim do Estoril park.
There are much bigger and better beaches along the Lisbon coastline, but the Tamariz beach is perfect if you are on holiday in the town or just want somewhere to relax and bask under the glorious Portuguese weather..
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The Villa Tamariz Utopia was constructed as a luxurious villa and today is a smart restaurant
Do expect Tamariz beach to be busy in the summer month
Praia do Tamariz is centrally located in Estoril, opposite from the Jardim do Estoril park and Estoril Casino. The beach has a shoreline of 380m, with the best sand on the eastern side. The western section has large rocks submerged along the waterline, and these are great for rock-pooling.
On the eastern side is a sea wall and the Piscina Oceânica do Tamariz. This very basic, salt-water swimming pool is popular with children, as the water is much warmer than the sea, and often contains crabs and fish caught when the tide drops.
The Piscina Oceânica do Tamariz, may be basic, but it’s great fun for children and free!
The seawaters at Tamariz are very clean, and the beach is supervised by lifeguards in the summer months. There are toilets and showers close to the beach, in the tunnel which leads to the train station.
Parasols and sun loungers can be hired for €15 per person for the day, but there is plenty of space if you just want to bring your own sunshade.
Behind the beach is the Forte da Cruz. This was originally a 17th century fort, but was transformed by the Portuguese nobility in the 19th century into a luxury villa. Today the building is used as a wedding venue.
The Forte da Cruz allowed king Ferdinand II to enjoy Estoril in seclusion and privacy
There is a scenic beach promenade (known as the Cascais Paredão) that leads from the Praia do Tamariz and follows the coastline for 1.7km to Cascais. This route passes the many smaller beach of the region and is a very enjoyable activity if you tire of the beach.
The wide promenade follows the coastline
The train station is just 50m from Tamariz beach, and this is the urban train service that connects Lisbon to Cascais. The train departs from Cais do Sodré train station in Lisbon, and a single ticket to Estoril costs €2.25.
Advice: If you are travelling from Lisbon for a beach, you many want visit Carcavelos beach, the best beach of the Lisbon coastline.
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