Privacy, luxury & pool - 167
Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
You know what?
Bigger really is better, and never was this more evident than here at Aldeia de Juzo. This home is ablaze with energy and light, its rooms comfortable, elegant and grand. There's a multitude of living spaces, a big garden with space for Al Fresco dining, a swimming pool and even an indoor gym. Not only have you all the rooms you need, your location's wonderful, too. Within minutes walkiing you have the village shop, bakery, butcher and Cafe, a 10 pin Bowling alley close by for rainy days, paint ball, cart racing and lots more. It's easy to forget that Old Town Cascais is literally 5 mins. in a car where you can go to numerous beaches, hop on a train and off to Lisbon or simply pick up a free bike and discover Cascais.
This luxury villa has everything it needs to provide for you the perfect family holiday. Situated on the Cascais coast 5 minutes drive into the centre, it is perfectly suited for families with children. All modern appliances, home from home facilities including great BBQ area by the pool, which is very secure for small children, where you can relax around after a long day exploring the local area, Lisbon or Sintra. Cascais is a cosmopolitian town where you can mingle with the locals or amongst the international.
Closest beach, Guincho on spectacular unspoilt coastline has perfect conditons for surfing. But this property is also perfectly located for going to the lesser frequented beaches such as Praia Grande and Praia da Adraga in Sintra. You can discover plenty of great restaurants perched on the cliffs over the Atlantic, along the way between Guincho Beach and Cascais.
The train takes you into Lisbon (32 mins) via Estoril, in clean, modern air-conditioned trains - which are not expensive & always on time!
Local buses include the Giro, a 17 minute/1 euro ride to the Cascais Shopping Mall; the Scotturb buses take you to Guincho beach, Quinta da Marinha or centre for less than 3 euros. The local Buscas is a bus that runs every 10 minutes and takes you to the Cascais train station.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Guincho 2.5 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Lisbon 30 km, Nearest railway: Cascais 6 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The Costa de Lisboa/Lisbon region
As you stroll around, you'll find wide esplanades paved with black and white mosaics, open squares where you can buy freshly roasted chestnuts in paper cones, mazes of cobbled alleys, and steeply winding streets along which quaint trams whirr.
From St. George's Castle, which stands magnificently on top of one of the seven hills, Lisbon is laid out before you in a breathtaking view. White and turquoise peacocks strut around the shady gardens above which tower yellow sandstone battlements shrouded in ivy. From here, you can see terracotta tiled rooftops, ancient monuments, statues which preside over squares, the old quarters of the Bairro Alto and Alfama where nostalgic fado is played nightly, and the Tagus river flowing under its graceful suspension bridge. It's hard to believe that most of the city was re-built after the great earthquake of 1755 and devastating fires: redesigned in a strict grid system, preparing Lisbon for its future.
Down by the Tagus, from where many explorers set sail, stands the Belem Tower with its fairy tale turrets and the proudly poised Monument to the Discoveries. Nearby is the Jeronimos Monastery: a remarkable example of Manueline architecture - a Portuguese variation on Gothic with carved nautical symbol, such as anchors and ropes. Inside are fantastic stone columns, high ribbed vaultings, royal sarcophagi borne by marble elephants, and stained glass windows through which pour jewelled beams of light.
Other incredible sights include the imposing 14th century Carmo Convent, the beautiful Madre de Deus church which houses the fascinating National Tile Museum, and a wide range of other museums, some with art exhibitions from ancient to contemporary and some with unusual collections such as coaches and costumes.
The Estoril coasts starts in Carcavelos, 15 kilometres from Lisbon, and stretches as far as Guincho (5 km past Cascais.
Beaches on the Estoril Coast face south in a continuous line from the Tagus estuary and are known for their calm waters and fine sand. All modern facilities are available - changing rooms, beach tents, shades, restaurants, bars, etc.
Cascais - Litte town beaches (Praia da Rainha, Praia da Conceição) with charming surroundings and yachts bobbing on the water. The Praia da Ribeira is a picturesque spot and still a traditional fishing harbour. The beaches of Cascais have names like the "Pescadores", "Marchioness" and the "Queen", reminding us of the time when it was the "Land of Kings and fishermen". Portuguese kings and many exiled kings have lived in Cascais over the years. Praia dos Pescadores (Fisherman's beach) - where fishermen haul in their catches to be sold at the market.
Guincho - 5 km from Cascais , lying at the foot of the Sintra hills and facing the Atlantic, should not be missed. The sand dunes blend subtly with the pine trees, the sea - rich in fish - rushes here and there into majestic caverns such as the famous Boca do Inferno which is well worth a visit. The vegetation is varied and beautiful and mostly of the Mediterranean type. Guincho has always been ideal for surfing owing to the large breakers, but it is now becoming increasingly known for wind surfing - a sport much developed over the last few years.
There are 6 golf courses on the Estoril Coast with varying degrees of difficulty suitable for all types of players. See individual links for further details.
Estoril Golf Club, Estoril
Estoril Sol Golf Club, Estoril
Lisbon Sports Club, Estoril
Oitavos Dunes, Cascais
Penha Longa Golf Club, Sintra
Quinta da Marinha Golf Club, Cascais
Sightseeing in Cascais
The Town Hall
Situated in the town centre near the Fisherman's beach (Praia dos Pescadores). Noted for its old tiles.
The Citadel - Fort of Cascais
This 16th century fortress was built to protect the Bay of Cascais. It is part of a whole line of fortresses along the Tagus estuary which were built to protect Lisbon from being invaded. In the garden, there is a small, open air artillery museum.
Parish Church (Assunção Church)
For lovers of the history of art, a visit to this church is a must. Dating from the XVI century, the altars are carved from gilded wood - very characteristically Portuguese. In the chapel, paintings of the Annunciation date from the XVI century. On the walls of the nave, hang precious paintings by Josefa d'Obidos (1634-1684). The patroness of the Temple of Our Lady of Assumption, was painted in 1900 by Malhoa.
Estoril Casino and Gardens
The Estoril Casino is the largest in Europe. There is a great deal of entertainment here, including different types of gambling and nightly cabaret and music hall shows in a sophisticated atmosphere. Apart from the main activities of the casino, there is also an art gallery where a variety of art exhibitions are held, particularly of modern painting and sculpture.
Crafts people from all over Portugal come and work here. Their products are on sale to the general public. The materials used include ceramics, tiles, wood, linen, wool, wicker etc. There are folk dancing performances and traditional Portuguese dishes are available. The fair is held in July and August, just behind the Casino.
The Municipal Museum (Castro Guimarães Museum)
Situated in one of the most sought after areas of the town, where the sea appears to be trying to reach the Gandarinha Park, is the Counts of Castro Guimarães Palace, whose medieval castle overlooks the Santa Marta Cove. The Palace was donated to the local authority in 1924, when it became a Museum. You can appreciate works of art by national and international artists, some of them depicting Cascais and rich Indo-Portuguese furniture. There are guided tours in several languages and visitors are accompanied. Do not miss the opportunity to take a walk in the adjacent park where there are lovely tiles and a mini-zoo.
Museum of the Sea
The bulk of the museum is divided into various sections: Natural History (ichthyology, mammalogy, ornithology, malacology, palaeontology); ethnology (the Cascais fisherman's clothes, model fishing boats and others); underwater archaeology and maritime wreckage history (recovered treasures from the Cascais coast as well as the Tagus and Sado estuaries); along with a library specialising in theme subjects.
Municipal Park (Parque Municipal da Gandarinha) - With in the park is the Cascais Sports Pavillion and the Riding School of Manuel Possolo which has regular riding events.
Boca do Inferno (Hell's Mouth) - A spectacular look out point with a small daily Handicrafts Market
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30 Aug 2013
"LOVELY, COMFORTABLE PROPERTY IN QUIET RESIDENTIAL AREA"
We stayed for a week in this villa in Cascais. It was a really smart, comfortable property. It was also very quiet, bar several howling and barking dogs who would chorus a good bark for 10 minutes and then were quiet for a while. Only occasionally they barked a bit at night too. We were lucky to have this 4 bedroom property for only 4 of us as we booked pretty last minute. Everything about it was delightful, from the comfortable L-shape sofa (not big enough for 8 though), air conditioning in most of the rooms (one bedroom upstairs does not have it), the smart furnishings, the number of bathrooms - two of which had excellent showers with different water flow options - and the excellent and large kitchen. The dining room chairs look smarter than they feel to sit on though. The kitchen had every utensil and facility you might want, as well as a really smart granite work surface and a handy breakfast bar. The beds were very comfortable and all the doubles are at least king size, they may even be super kings. The en-suite master is very large with two dressing tables and plenty of hanging space. Lots of hangers in bedrooms upstairs too. Two of the bedrooms (the ones with the air con units) had their own tvs as well. My teenage daughter (14) enjoyed the basement bedroom (this is where the twin beds now are) even though the storage wasn't great here, and the daylight is minimal, coming as it does through some glass bricks near the ceiling. There is no room for many other furnishings here. She treated it like her own self-contained flat though, as there's a door at the top of the stairs and down there is also the washing and drying facilities, what I thought was a bit of a boys room, where the dvd player was, and a beer dispenser which takes some kind of party can they sell locally. The gym is also down here, but there didn't seem to be any instructions on how to use the equipment, especially the weight machine with some very large weights. There is wifi at the property, but it seemed to dip in and out a lot when we were there which was quite annoying, especially as our 14 year old requires near constant contact to the internet! Outside, the pool and bbq area was very pleasant. There are steps into the pool (good for non-swimmers like me), and there is a clear line on the turn of the 'L' where it starts to slope to the deep end. There are low gates and fences either end of the pool but I don't think they are lockable. It was often windy during our stay, especially overnight due to the house's proximity to the Atlantic sea, so air conditioning was not often required, even though the daytime temperatures were usually in the high 20's or low 30's and nearly always sunny. The location of the house means you ideally need a car, or if you want to use the local buses to get around, you have to get a pass card to do so. You can't use cash on them. A taxi into town the first day only costs about six euros as it's only a 5-10 minute drive. If you do hire a car, Europcar is very central and good value, but get a good map or a good download of the country on a navigation app on your smartphone. The area, and especially Cascais, has a labyrinthine road network, which seems to have changed a lot in recent years and we frequently found ourselves heading for Estoril by mistake.
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