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Cascais City Guide

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.


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Hotel Quinta da Marinha Resort

Hotel Quinta da Marinha Resort

Rua das Palmeiras - Quinta da Marinha, Cascais
4.3
of 5, from 261 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Cascais hotel is located on the boardwalk, within 3 mi (5 km) of Oitavos Fort, Cascais Beach and Guincho Beach. Cascais Municipal Market and CascaisVilla Shopping Centre are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£161
Grande Real Villa Italia

Grande Real Villa Italia

Rua Frei Nicolau de Oliveira, 100, Cascais
4.8
of 5, from 236 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Cascais hotel is located by the sea, within a 15-minute walk of Gandarinha Municipal Park and Cascais Beach. Estoril Casino is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away.

£75
Vila Gale Cascais

Vila Gale Cascais

Rua Frei Nicolau de Oliveira, 80, Cascais
4.1
of 5, from 289 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Cascais aparthotel is located by the sea, within a 15-minute walk of Gandarinha Municipal Park and Cascais Beach. Estoril Casino is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away.

£52
Casa Shanti Niketan

Casa Shanti Niketan

Avenida das Acacias, 108, Cascais
4.4
of 5, from 7 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Estoril, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Estoril Conference Centre and Estoril Casino. Cascais Beach is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away.

£159
Hotel Cascais Miragem

Hotel Cascais Miragem

Avenida Marginal, 8554, Cascais
4.8
of 5, from 116 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This Cascais hotel overlooks the ocean and is 1.2 kilometers (.75 miles) from the Cascais Fortress and the Church of the Assuncion. Cascais Beach and Tamariz Beach are within 1.9 kilometers (1.1 miles).

£92
Hotel Estoril Eden

Hotel Estoril Eden

Av. de Saboia, 209, Monte Estoril, Cascais
4.0
of 5, from 198 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Cascais aparthotel is located on the boardwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of CascaisVilla Shopping Centre, Estoril Casino, and Cascais Beach. Rainha Beach and Tamariz Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£187
Martinhal Lisbon Cascais Family Hotel

Martinhal Lisbon Cascais Family Hotel

Rua do Clube 36, Cascais
4.8
of 5, from 113 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this luxury hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Oitavos Fort and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Cascais Beach. Boca do Inferno and Manuel Possolo Hippodrome are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£121
Eurostars Cascais

Eurostars Cascais

Travessa da Republica, 35-35A, Cascais
4.5
of 5, from 28 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Cascais, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Boca do Inferno and Cascais Beach. Estoril Casino is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.

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