Why should you come?
We have had a number of foreign teams that have come out and visited us over the years – to give you an idea, last year we had the Surbition HC Mens XI and their Vets team over to visit from the London area – we organised for the Mens XI to play against the Portuguese national team (pre-season training) and the Vets against us.
The touring sides that visit typically come for a long weekend of events (apart from just the astro hockey!). We are happy to provide you with suggestions/advice on what to do and to assist you with making the necessary arrangements. For example, we have around 20 top quality golf courses within an hour’s drive; great beaches nearby; fantastic all-year-round weather; cultural points of interest (Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais, Obidos – tour guides included!); gambling (Estoril casino); cheap hotels/flights; amazing Lisbon night life (for those with enough energy!) etc.
Whilst it may not be practical for you to visit us in the near term, hopefully the above information may be of interest to you, your club or other contacts (other local clubs in your area?) you might have – we would be grateful if you would spread the word. Lastly, we hope this will be a great opportunity for you to get away from the UK weather, economic depression and come and get a winter tan!
When is best?
All year round – in the winter months it is pleasantly mild most of the time and often sunny and even warm (no frozen astro pitches!) and in spring/autumn/summer it is just perfect weather. July and August are probably too hot, but we still play in the evenings so a beach/hockey tour is perfectly doable.
1. Which airport should we fly to?
Lisbon, which has good connections all over Europe and is serviced by several low cost airlines including Easyjet. Lisbon airport is only approximately 20 minutes drive by taxi to the club.
2. What are the main location options for hotels?
Clearly it depends on what you/your group are looking for but, based on past experience with touring groups, you will probably want to choose between i) Lisbon (good for city folk and excellent night life, bars, restaurant options), ii) Estoril or Cascais (calmer option, close to sea, good for bars, restaurants). The distances are all pretty short for most hotel options in the area (typically 10-20 minutes drive) and the train service is cheap and regular to the pitch from the Lisbon-Cascais coastal shuttle train. For cheap accommodation, look for “estalagem” or “pensão” options.
3. How far is the club/ground from the centre of Lisbon?
Approximately 15 minutes; assuming you are travelling at off peak times by car or taxi (similar by train)
4. How long would it take to get from the airport to the pitch?
Approximately 25 minutes to the pitch – hotel depends where you choose! Lisbon – 10 minutes, or Cascais/Estoril – 20 minutes).
5. What’s the best way to get around?
Taxis are very moderately priced and often the best option for most travel (eg airport to hotels, hotels to club, hotels to restaurants/bars etc). The main areas you will be visiting are also very well serviced by cheap, regular, easy-to-use train services.
6. Are there any other Vets sides in the area we could play as well as yourselves?
There are a couple of local sides we have good relations with and we would do our best to help arrange this for you.
7. How close is the nearest golf club?
Estoril golf club is 10 minutes drive from the club – very pleasant; Beloura GC is 20 minutes – average; Quinta da Marinha and Oitavos GCs are 20 minutes – very good; Penha Longa Resort 25 minutes – excellent; there are another 5-10 clubs in less than an hour’s drive which are mostly all excellent (Troia, Quinta de Peru, Aroeira etc).
8. What are the main points of interest for those not playing hockey?
Lisbon – a lovely old city, with plenty to see during the day (historic sites, great views, good shopping etc), and arguably even more fun at night with a fantastic choice of restaurants/bars/nightclubs and reasonably priced. Some of the main areas to visit include the Bairro Alto, Castelo Sao Jorge, Docas, Mosterio dos Jeronimos and many more.
Sintra – a hill range with the village of Sintra perched on top. It is a stunning historical/architectural location (UNESCO protected) with an unusual microclimate and well worth a half day visit.
Cascais – has a fishing village like character, with plenty of shops and small bars/restaurants and a lovely location to walk around for a few hours.
Obidos – 1 hour by car from the club, is a small medieval village on a hill surrounded by a high wall. Great place to visit for half a day.
9. Are there any beaches nearby?
Yes. Carcavelos beach is large, and very popular. Estoril/Cascais also have plenty of interesting options. A bit further away (25 minutes, and no train access) is Guincho which is huge, wild and spectacular – fantastic for windsurfers and the like (i.e. windy!).
ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?
Since the above information is only a brief summary of what is on offer, if you would like any further information etc please contact us.