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Cascais
Travel Guide

Cascais as well as a small group of people

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.

Hotel Cascais Miragem
Hotel Cascais Miragem
5 out of 5
Avenida Marginal, 8554, Cascais
The price is £147 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
This family-friendly Cascais hotel is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Cascais Beach and Estoril Casino. Boca do Inferno and Guincho Beach are ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (470 reviews)
Very nice and comfortable stay
"Very nice hotel, clean and food was lovely. Service of the staff was brilliant. Unfortunately, a few indoor bits were closed such as the indoor pool due to Covid but overall a very nice stay."

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2020

Hotel Cascais Miragem
Palácio Estoril Hotel, Golf & Wellness
Palácio Estoril Hotel, Golf & Wellness
5 out of 5
Rua Particular, Estoril, Cascais
The price is £165 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
This family-friendly Cascais hotel is located on the boardwalk, within a 5-minute walk of Estoril Conference Centre and Estoril Casino. Cascais Beach and Boca ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (521 reviews)
"Wonderful property, stunning pool area, fabulous breakfast, great location, very clean and high covid protocol standards, concierge happy to help with any requests, and room with a view all pluses. Down sides are they are very understaffed at the moment (pool side service was few and far between) ..."

Reviewed on 2 Jun 2021

Palácio Estoril Hotel, Golf & Wellness
Grande Real Villa Italia
Grande Real Villa Italia
5 out of 5
Rua Frei Nicolau de Oliveira, 100, Cascais
The price is £165 per night from 25 Jun to 25 Jun
Situated near the boardwalk, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Boca do Inferno and Cascais Beach. Tamariz Beach and Guincho Beach are also within ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (988 reviews)
"I liked the overall cleanliness of the Hotel and the staff were attentive. What I did not like was to find some insects in my bed in the middle of the night. I had to move rooms in the early hours of the morning. I have never experienced this in all the time I’ve stayed in Hotels. I was hoping that ..."

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2020

Grande Real Villa Italia
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.
Parque de Campismo Orbitur Guincho
Parque de Campismo Orbitur Guincho
3 out of 5
Estrada Nacional 247-6, Cascais Coast, Lugar de Areia, Cascais, Lisbon
The price is £96 per night from 19 Jun to 19 Jun
Situated by the ocean, this campsite is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cresmina Beach and Guincho Beach. Sintra Mountains and Oitavos Fort are also within 3 miles (5 ...
3.7/5Good! (26 reviews)
extremely disappointed, smelly, dirty
"As soon as we opened the door of the caravan we immediately turned around and got our refund. It smelled very strongly the plastic tables and chairs were dirty stored inside. Not recommended"

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2017

Parque de Campismo Orbitur Guincho
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 £123 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Situated in a regional park, this luxury aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Oitavos Fort, Cascais Beach and Guincho Beach. Boca do Inferno is 2.4 mi (3.8 ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (566 reviews)
Wonderful
"An excellent 5 star, family friendly destination."

Reviewed on 18 Nov 2020

Sheraton Cascais Resort - Hotel & Residences
Excellent and Cosy Apartment at Cascais Historical Centre
Excellent and Cosy Apartment at Cascais Historical Centre
Cascais
This family-friendly Cascais apartment building is located by the sea, within a 10-minute walk of Manuel Possolo Hippodrome and Cascais Beach. Boca do Inferno ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (38 reviews)
Incredible Little Gem
"We've stayed in this wonderful apartment while we house hunt long term. It's an amazing apartment that's so well appointed and well located. A very quiet street that is very close (within walking distance) to everything in historic Cascais. Margarida has been a fantastic host and has helped us get ..."

Reviewed on 22 May 2021

Excellent and Cosy Apartment at Cascais Historical Centre
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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