Cascais

Travel Guide
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Cascais is a seaside town located on the sunny Estoril Coast, about 40 minutes by train from Lisbon. Cascais is a cosmopolitan city, known for its picturesque centre, beautiful mansions and its marina, and is considered to be one of the richest areas in Portugal.

History

Back in the Middle Ages, Cascais was a fishing village, but in 1755, the great Lisbon earthquake destroyed most of it. Luckily the Portuguese Royal Family came to spend their summers in Cascais and so Cascais gained the resources needed to redevelop. It was the first city in the country to be installed with electricity. In the 20th Century the nearby town, Estoril, became a luxury holiday destination with a casino and opulent hotels. It also served as a high-class retreat during the Second World War. Many royal families came to live in Cascais such as those from Spain and Italy. Today, although it is a large city, it still has the feel of a small charming village.

Paula Rego Museum

Paula Rego is one of Portugal's most acclaimed artists, known internationally for her paintings based on storybooks and images of young girls with a colourful Portuguese theme. She was born in Lisbon but raised in Cascais, and at the Paula Rego Museum you can admire many of her works.

Boca do Inferno

Boca do Inferno is a cave carved out of the rock by ocean waves. The name literally translates to the ‘mouth to hell’, as it produces a spectacularly hellish sound effect when the waves crash into the rocks.

Lighthouse/Museu de Santa Marta

The 19th century lighthouse that houses the Museu de Santa Marta is a classic example of a traditional Portuguese lighthouse. The history of lighthouses in maritime Portugal is conveyed through a movie shown at the museum, depicting the oversized Fresnel lenses, and the lighthouse keeper diaries against the beautiful backdrop of sweeping sea views.

Fort of Our Lady

This fort was built to protect the coast of Lisbon and is dedicated to Our Lady of Light. This fortress has a lovely patio, originally built to allow communication between the three bastions.

World Press Cartoon Museum

Cascais has the most prestigious international exhibition of graphic humour, showcased in the World Press Cartoon Museum. This Museum displays an unbeatable selection of humorous sketching, caricature and cartoon themed editorials.

Parque Marechal Carmona

The Parque Marechal Carmona is a grand park with spacious lawns lined with trees, lakes, a picnic area and a playground. It is home to the Municipal Library of Children. Every Saturday the park holds the Biological Market of Cascais, where you can find beautiful fresh organic produce. It’s also home to the Condes de Castro Guimarães Museum built in the 20th century, the museum holds a collection of Indo-Portuguese furniture, paintings, a chapel, and a beautiful library.

Guincho Beach

This is large sandy beach, located north of Cascais, is loved by the surfers and windsurfers who come here looking for awesome waves. It’s such an impressive surf location that the World Surfing Championships were once held here.

Food and Drink

In the Luis de Camões Square you’ll find and incredible selection of delectable dining options, ranging from seafood, traditional Portuguese and Italian cuisine, and trendy bars and pubs. Don’t forget to try the delicious butter cakes from Cascais (areias).

Shopping

Cascais is also a great location for a spot of shopping. Frederico Arouca Street has a selection of quaint stalls selling accessories and souvenirs. Casa da Guia is a beautiful 18th century mansion, repurposed to house shops and cafés, surrounded by stunning sea views.

Where to stay in Cascais

Eurostars Cascais
Eurostars Cascais
4 out of 5
Travessa da Republica, 35-35A, Cascais, 2750-475
The price is Rs12,751 per night from 21 Aug to 22 Aug
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Cascais. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast in their reviews. Popular ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (458 reviews)
"Super clean and very nice stay. Staff was super friendly."

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2022

Eurostars Cascais
Hotel Cascais Miragem
Hotel Cascais Miragem
5 out of 5
Avenida Marginal, 8554, Cascais, 2754-536
The price is Rs28,665 per night from 21 Aug to 22 Aug
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Cascais. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 indoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (554 reviews)
"Phenomenal hotel in lovely location with easy walkable access to beach and terrific town of Cascais. Exceptional service, rooms and pools - don’t miss the indoor water spa! Highly recommend."

Reviewed on 5 Aug 2022

Hotel Cascais Miragem
Grande Real Villa Italia
Grande Real Villa Italia
5 out of 5
Rua Frei Nicolau de Oliveira, 100, Cascais, 2750-319
The price is Rs25,401 per night from 30 Aug to 31 Aug
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Cascais. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (996 reviews)
Relaxing and comfortable hotel
"Lovely hotel and excellent room. Friendly staff and good facilities. Felt the hotel was just getting into its stride again after the Covid pandemic. Only issue was that BBC channels were removed after a few days in the hotel! Need to reinstate for English guests! Overall a relaxing and comfortable ..."

Reviewed on 26 Jun 2022

Grande Real Villa Italia
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Pestana Cascais Ocean & Conference Aparthotel
Pestana Cascais Ocean & Conference Aparthotel
4 out of 5
Av. Manuel Julio Carvalho e Costa 115, Cascais, 2754-518
The price is Rs12,824 per night from 4 Sep to 5 Sep
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly aparthotel in Cascais. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (444 reviews)
"Very pleasant with an option to both indoor and outdoor pools. Very close to the marina via walking."

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2022

Pestana Cascais Ocean & Conference Aparthotel
Sheraton Cascais Resort - Hotel & Residences
Sheraton Cascais Resort - Hotel & Residences
5 out of 5
Quinta da Marinha, Rua das Palmeiras, Lote 5, Cascais, 2750-004
The price is Rs17,947 per night from 4 Sep to 5 Sep
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Cascais. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 hot tubs and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (583 reviews)
"Really nice hotel, very helpful staff. Good location and the beach front is great for running / cycling"

Reviewed on 4 Aug 2022

Sheraton Cascais Resort - Hotel & Residences
Hotel Estoril Eden
Hotel Estoril Eden
4 out of 5
Av. de Saboia, 209, Monte Estoril, Cascais, 2769-502
The price is Rs15,109 per night from 26 Aug to 27 Aug
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in Cascais. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4/5 Very Good! (803 reviews)
"Sea view was exceptional and unparallel"

Reviewed on 7 Jul 2022

Hotel Estoril Eden
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