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.

HistoryBack 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 MuseumPaula 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 InfernoBoca 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 MartaThe 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 LadyThis 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 MuseumCascais 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 CarmonaThe 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 BeachThis 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 DrinkIn 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).

ShoppingCascais 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

InterContinental Cascais-Estoril, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Cascais-Estoril, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
Avenida Marginal 8023 A, Estoril, Cascais
The price is Rs9,558 per night from 7 Feb to 8 Feb
Situated near the beach, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Tamariz Beach and Cascais Beach. Duquesa Beach and Estoril Conference Centre are also within ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (194 reviews)
"The hotel was great and the staff were incredibly attentive and helpful."

Reviewed on 8 Nov 2021

InterContinental Cascais-Estoril, an IHG Hotel
The Albatroz Hotel
The Albatroz Hotel
5 out of 5
Rua Frederico Arouca, 100, Cascais
The price is Rs12,346 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
Offering direct access to the beach, this Cascais hotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Rainha Beach and Cascais Beach. Praia da Conceicao ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (419 reviews)
"This is a beautiful hotel, well maintained and somewhat old world. It is located on a rock outcrop directly at the beach. Great views and patio. Staff are great, friendly and engage in great discussions about the hotel and the area."

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2021

The Albatroz Hotel
Palácio Estoril Hotel, Golf & Wellness
Palácio Estoril Hotel, Golf & Wellness
5 out of 5
Rua Particular, Estoril, Cascais
The price is Rs11,916 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
This family-friendly Cascais hotel is located on the boardwalk, within a 5-minute walk of Estoril Conference Centre and Estoril Casino. Cascais Beach is 1.6 ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (533 reviews)
"Beautiful elegant hotel with a great spa. The staff were professional, helpful and courteous."

Reviewed on 11 Sep 2021

Palácio Estoril Hotel, Golf & Wellness
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Hotel Estoril Eden
Hotel Estoril Eden
4 out of 5
Av. de Saboia, 209, Monte Estoril, Cascais
The price is Rs5,576 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan
Situated in Cascais, this beach aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tamariz Beach and CascaisVilla Shopping Centre. Estoril Casino and Cascais Beach are ...
4/5 Very Good! (789 reviews)
"Very friendly staff. Nice room. Good breakfast and value for money"

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2021

Hotel Estoril Eden
Pestana Cascais Ocean & Conference Aparthotel
Pestana Cascais Ocean & Conference Aparthotel
4 out of 5
Av. Manuel Julio Carvalho e Costa 115, Cascais
The price is Rs6,452 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb
This family-friendly Cascais aparthotel is located by the ocean, within 3 mi (5 km) of Cascais Beach and Estoril Casino. Guincho Beach and Quinta da Regaleira ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (428 reviews)
"Very poorly for 5-star hotel"

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2021

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
The price is Rs8,463 per night from 22 Feb to 23 Feb
Situated in a regional park, this luxury aparthotel is 1.3 mi (2 km) from Oitavos Fort and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Cascais Beach. Guincho Beach and Boca do Inferno ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (573 reviews)
"The staff was incredibly helpful and kind."

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2021

Sheraton Cascais Resort - Hotel & Residences
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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