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Estoril is part of Cascais which is located on the west coast of Portugal, right on the edge of mainland Europe and only 20 kilometres from Lisbon and its international airport. About two hours flight from most of Europe’s principal cities, it’s a surprising and welcoming place with lots of glamour, serenity and natural surroundings.
Besides being close to the capital, the Cabo da Roca Cliffs, Sintra Unesco World Heritage site, and the National Park of Sintra are all reachable within 20 minutes drive. Very few destinations have the chance to offer such an intense blend of resources in such a small area (so close together) (within a small range of space.  )
Cascais has a wide range of infrastructures and accommodations that are perfect for hosting events such as the ESLO meeting.
Moreover, the wide choice of activities that are available (including sports, cultural and leisure options) will ensure that our congress will be a great success.

Some people come for the bright sunny days, to fix their gaze on the distant horizon, to admire the magnificent, unmatched coastline and to appreciate the nature park and warmth of the local people.
Others come for the peace and quiet, for the enticing seaside promenades (esplanades) and superb golf courses surrounded by unspoilt nature, to savour the delicious tastes of the ocean and for the thrill of the wind and the waves, the surfing and sailing.
There are also those who come for the fascinating stories of kings and spies and for all the glamour, culture and entertainment to be found.
Many come for business, for quick and easy access to Lisbon and its international airport and for the great diversity of places and geographical features on offer.
Others come for the inviting footpaths and sand dunes, for the exhilarating horse-riding excursions and boat trips around the bay and for the sheer pleasure of being on Sintra’s doorstep.
Some come for the unforgettable welcome, for the genuine friendliness of the local people and for the unique feeling of comfort and well-being.
The Cascais coast was the first place to be seen by ships approaching the Tagus Estuary and was the last image seafarers took with them when they headed for the far-flung corners of the Portuguese Empire. Its population witnessed the departure of the earliest explorers and saw them return with treasures from Africa, spices from India, and gold and gems from Brazil.  In more recent times, the region became a pioneer of Portuguese tourism when in 1870 the Portuguese royal family chose Cascais, more specifically the Cidadela, as its summer residence due to the excellent location, natural surroundings, temperate climate and high quality of the local sea and spa waters.
Due to the events of world history, and on account of Portugal’s rare status as a neutral country, the Cascais area was a place of immense strategic importance during the Second World War and became a major hub of international diplomacy and espionage as one of Europe’s safe havens during this time of crisis.
Cascais hosted many European celebrities, royal families and renowned artists, including Josef Von Habsburg of the Austrian royal family and King Humberto II of Italy.
Today, with over 650 years of history, the region has retained its cosmopolitan and sophisticated feel to become affectionately known as the Portuguese Riviera

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