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With a mix of modern and vintage décor, all the air-conditioned rooms have modern bathrooms. Some come with a charming fireplace or a separate bath. Each floor has a themed decoration, with a different colour. The property’s restaurant has a Portuguese tapas theme and its menu was composed by a renowned chef. Quality wines are on display and available, by the bottle and by the glass. Located right on the Bay of Cascais, in the beautiful VillaCascais Guesthouse, Reserva by Olivier, is the chef´s most recent restaurant. Once the house of the famous poet, Maria Amália Vaz de Carvalho, was totally renovated by the famous interior design decorator, Paulo Lobo. The inspiration for his most recente project came from the theme of the restaurante, Wines by the Glass! In his decor he uses vintage furniture, beautiful XIX century blue tile panels, taking us back to the Douro noble houses.
At Reserva, our guests will find many of Chef Olivier´s best sellers, such as, his famous Royal Crab salad, César Salad or Waldorf Salad, other starters inspired in local products, Clams “à Bulhão Pato,” shrimps àjillo, octopus carpaccio and many others. The Grouper in puff pastry or the Wagyu Rump Steak, are just a sample of the main courses. To end in glory, his famous dessert classic: Petit Gâteau with vanilla ice cream.
The restaurant has seven wine by the glass machines, where one will be able to sample 48 of the finest Portuguese and international wines, at very reasonable prices. Here one can sample labels such as the renowned Barca Velha, Vale Meão or Pêra Manca. For international wines, Reserva offers, Opus One (USA), Sassicaia (Italian) and the famous Chatêau Mouton Rotchild are just a few of the wines that are offered.
With stunning views of the Atlantic, Reserva, has the option of seating its guests on the best terrace of Cascais. Located right on the Bay and in the historic center of the village, Reserva is the perfect meeting spot for both locals and tourists. It is the perfect spot to sample the best wines by the glass accompanied by great food, be it for lunch, afternoon snack or dinner, all in relaxing and laid back atmosphere.
A special villa in the centre of a special village. Once an aristocratic residence of the 19th century, today a small luxury guesthouse with 11 luxurious rooms located on the Bay of Cascais next to the Fisherman’s Beach. This is where you can enjoy the magic of Cascais, the small houses, narrow alleyways, cobblestone pavements, the smell of the sea and the faded lights…
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Much like Ireland, Portugal receives most North Atlantic swells and while its lower latitude makes it a far warmer destination, the water remains cold year-round. Most of the coast is wide open to the consistent W-NW swells, except for 20km of SE facing coastline from Caiscais to Oeiras, producing perfect conditions when a big swell pounds the coast. Although there are several good set-ups along this stretch, peaks are competitive 24/7, year round. Driving alongside this beach boulevard (or taking the Linha de Estoril train) in classic winter conditions will give idyllic views of Carcavelos or the peeling rights of Bica or Bolina. Being so close to the city of Lisbon brings some pollution issues as the flow from the mouth of the Rio Tejo and Lisbon’s huge, busy harbour, swings right past these breaks. It’s not enough to deter the crowds, which have been swelling since the first Portugese pioneers took to the water on Hawaiian koa imports in the 1950’s.
Travelling surfers tend to skip the Lisbon surf zone when faced with the big city hassles of crowded waves, polluted waters, expensive living and traffic nightmares but don’t realise what they are missing out on. Lisbon is one of those rare gems– a cultural mishmash of art, history, peoples and lifestyles that just happens to sit smack in the middle of a classic wave zone. It really doesn’t matter whether it’s two foot or twenty, somewhere in the Lisbon area will have a wave worth riding. The west coast and the Costa Caparica offers consistent beach breaks and, if you know where to look, even a bit of peace and quiet. The Estoril coast offers shelter from booming NW swells and winds, on some reefs, points and beaches that can get epic. Lisbon is a superb year round surf zone, the winters stay delightfully mild and the summers never get too hot. Wave wise it sucks up swells from the south right around to the northwest.
When to Go
Because of its open exposure to the frequent NW swells, and negligible continental shelf, Portugal is hyper consistent year round. Lisbon area soaks up the SW-NW swells, ranging from 8-10ft (2.5m-3m) in winter and 4-6ft (1.2-2m) in summer, decreasing in size to the south. Linha de Estoril surf spots get more swell to the west. Storms washing ashore are frequent but Lisbon offers the perfect shelter to filter swells and get offshore winds. Dominant winds are moderate N-NW, named la Nortada, which often blows from April to September. Autumn and winter are best for winds, when E-NE’ers blow. Beware of the tidal variation up to 12ft – the vast majority of spots favour low tide.
Although Portugal is relatively high in latitude, it’s still manages to enjoy the best maritime climate in Western Europe. Lisbon in the middle is stuck between the dry Algarve and the soggy regions north of Porto. The wettest season starts in November and lasts till March-April. There is even snow in the Serra da Estrela but the snow resorts are only reliable in February. The best climate occurs in the mid-seasons even if the dead of summer rarely gets too hot. The fact is Nortada winds always cool down the coast and create upwelling currents in summer, keeping the water unseasonably cold. However, its stable year round, & a 3/2 steamer will do most of the time.
Great services, seaview restaurants (Europa Mar, CafÈ do Mar) and bars in Caparica (Waikiki, Kontiki). The Arriba Fossil shelters thick pine forests facing 30 km of virgin beaches. Lisbon contrasts greatly with the Albufeira lake area. Get a view from the Capuchos mirador.