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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.

Top hotels in Cascais

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Albatroz Hotel
The Albatroz Hotel
5 out of 5
Rua Frederico Arouca, 100, Cascais
The price is £172 per night

Offering direct access to the beach, this Cascais hotel is in the city centre and within a 5-minute walk of Rainha Beach and Cascais Beach. Boca do Inferno is ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (375 reviews)

"Beautiful place! The staff treats guests like royalty. The breakfast buffet has everything. And you don't need a car... You can walk everywhere - even to the casino in Estoril approximately one mile up along the boardwalk."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

The Albatroz Hotel
Onyria Quinta da Marinha Hotel
Onyria Quinta da Marinha Hotel
5 out of 5
Rua das Palmeiras - Quinta da Marinha, Cascais
The price is £153 per night

This family-friendly Cascais hotel is located on the boardwalk, within 3 mi (5 km) of Oitavos Fort, Cascais Beach and Guincho Beach. Boca do Inferno is 2.5 mi ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Un excellent sejour dans un bel hôtel

"Excellent séjour. Une semaine magnifique à l'hôtel, dans un tres bel environnement. Un personnel aux petits soins. Grand respect des gestes barrières dans cette période difficile. Hotrl très bien situé, au calme. Club enfant trrs sympz, notre fils a adoré. La piscine extérieure est très agréable. ..."…"

Reviewed on 1 Aug 2020

Onyria Quinta da Marinha Hotel
Hotel Londres Estoril \ Cascais
Hotel Londres Estoril \ Cascais
3 out of 5
Avenida Fausto Figueiredo, 279, Estoril, Cascais
The price is £77 per night

This family-friendly Cascais hotel is located near the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Estoril Casino and Estoril Conference Centre. Cascais Beach and Boca ...

4/5Very Good! (432 reviews)

"Cery nice hotel. Not too big and well located. Very good, friendly staff and pleasant, clean room"…"

Reviewed on 7 Dec 2019

Hotel Londres Estoril \ Cascais

Popular places to visit in Cascais

Cascais Beach
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Cascais Beach

4.5/5(413 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Cascais Beach, a popular beach in Cascais. Amble around this family-friendly area's seaside and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Guincho Beach
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Guincho Beach

4.5/5(69 reviews)

Ride the waves, enjoy a few hours of sunbathing on the warm sand or go for long walks to catch a sea breeze at this surfer’s paradise in southern Europe.

Boca do Inferno
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Boca do Inferno

4/5(1 review)

Follow rugged coastal paths, enjoy sweeping ocean vistas and marvel at the power of nature at this stunning natural attraction with an ominous name.

Tamariz Beach
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Tamariz Beach

5/5(1 review)

Take the family to this beach within walking distance of Estoril to play and swim in the sun against the backdrop of a curious castle built in medieval style.

Cascais Marina
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Cascais Marina

4/5(1 review)

Give in to the magnetic pull of this stylish boat harbor with its sleek yachts and scenic views. Wine and dine at a stylish restaurant or set out on a sailing trip.

Carcavelos Beach
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Carcavelos Beach

If a restful holiday is part of your travel plans, Carcavelos Beach might be the perfect place to visit during your trip to Carcavelos. Stroll along the seaside or seek out the surfing spots.

Top things to do in Cascais

Small-Group Day Trip to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril
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Small-Group Day Trip to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril

£61
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Small-Group Day Trip to Fátima, Nazaré & Óbidos
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Small-Group Day Trip to Fátima, Nazaré & Óbidos

£82
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Private Day Trip to Sintra & Cascais
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Private Day Trip to Sintra & Cascais

£124
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Private Tour of UNESCO-listed Porto with Port Wine Tasting
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Private Tour of UNESCO-listed Porto with Port Wine Tasting

£288
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Transfer From Lisboa To Porto
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Transfer From Lisboa To Porto

£358
Per adult
Day Trip to Sintra & Cascais with Admission to Pena Palace
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Day Trip to Sintra & Cascais with Admission to Pena Palace

£59
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend

Cities near Cascais

Guincho Beach which includes waves, a beach and tranquil scenes

Praia do Guincho

Ursa Beach showing a sunset, rugged coastline and general coastal views

Sintra