Cascais is a delightful Portuguese fishing town, which has a charming centre and is situated close to some of the finest beaches of the Lisbon region. Contained within Cascais is a range of interesting tourist attractions, including fascinating museums, historic mansions and pretty parks, along with all the facilities expected for a bustling resort town.
Surrounding Cascais is a varied region, of lively resort towns and the beautiful natural scenery of the Serra de Sintra, with its numerous hiking routes and outstanding surfing. There is a lot to see and do in Cascais, and this has established Cascais as a respected holiday destination and popular day trip from Lisbon. This guide will detail the main sights, attractions and activities in Cascais.
Cascais has a beautiful coastline of glorious sandy beaches. The beaches within walking distance of Cascais offer golden sands, clean sea waters and great tourist facilities of bars, cafes and restaurants. These beaches are suitable for children and families, as they are supervised by lifeguards and have calm sea waters, but they can get very busy at the height of the summer.
To the north of Cascais, the beaches face the might of the Atlantic Ocean and are pounded by huge waves, making them ideal for surfing. This region lies within the Serra de Sintra nature park and the beaches have a wild and rugged appearance with virtually no tourist development. The best beach of this northern coastline is Guincho, and is 8km from Cascais.
The old town of Cascais
Cascais has a delightful centre of traditional fishermen’s houses, which have been converted into chic shops, buzzing bars and alfresco restaurants. The centre is great to place to wander and absorb the holiday atmosphere, but avoid staring for long at the nauseating, waved patterns of the cobbled pavements.