As a city fronting the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon’s proximity to the coast means that visitors can choose to stay in hotels near the beach. Seafront accommodation options number a range of different places to stay, and these beach hotels add an extra, fun-filled dimension to any visit to the Portuguese capital. One of the most attractive and romantic properties is the Albatroz Seafront Hotel in the resort town of Cascais, which is perched over a sheltered stretch of sand on the bay. Further along the coast is Guincho Beach, home to the exclusive Fortaleza do Guincho. The beach, by the way, is one of the best spots in Portugal for windsurfing! Back in town is the Grand Real Vila Italia Hotel & Spa, noted for its excellent wellness facilities. Close by is the fashionable boutique Farol Design Hotel, itself just around the corner from Pousada de Cascais – Cidadela Historic Hotel. All three are situated within easy walking distance of Cascais town centre and its sandy bay. In neighbouring Estoril is the Palacio Estoril from which the popular Tamariz Beach is just a five-minute walk. Another notable five-star is the plush Cascais Miragem, which overlooks the oceanfront promenade. If you prefer to stay nearer Lisbon but still want to be on the coast, head for the charming Palacio Arcos Hotel in Paco de Arcos. The fabulous Carcavelos Beach is a short drive away. Back in Cascais the great value Cascais Baia almost sits on the sand as does the modern Ever Caparica, located in Costa Caparica on the south bank of the River Tagus.