Cascais is located between the serra de Sintra and the Atlantic Ocean, on the famous Estoril Coast. It is a popular tourist destination since the late nineteenth century, especially after its access points being modernized. There are many reasons for choosing Cascais as destination, for instance for its mild climate, beautiful beaches and landscapes, gastronomy, hospitality and diverse livelihood. On an architectural level the defense- and navigation-related monuments, just as in other coastal towns, stand out: the fortress of Nossa Senhora da Luz, the fort of Guincho, the Guia Lighthouse, the Lighthouse of Santa Marta, among others. Emphasis also to the Conde de Castro Guimarães Palace, where a museum has been installed. Here you can still see some traces of Palaeolithic occupation: Alto do Cabecinho and windmills of Cabreiro; and traces of the Roman period: the villa of Freiria, the villa of Casais Velhos and ten tanks have been discovered. Another great attraction of Cascais is its coastline, with highlight to the beautiful Guincho beach, located in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, and the famous "Boca do Inferno", a cave excavated in the rock, which name derives from the frightening impact of the waves in the rocks. Cascais offers dozens of exquisit restaurants, where the dishes of fresh fish and seafood are predominant. Be sure to try the famous Cascais sole, sea bass and sea bream. Many other points of interest could be highlighted, but we cannot, however, fail to mention the Casino Estoril, the biggest casino in Europe in terms of gaming machines, and the famous Feira de Carcavelos, held every Thursday in front of the train station.
Where to eat in Cascais
Portuguese, Seafood restaurant
Restaurant located near the mouth of hell, giving emphasis to fish dishes and fresh seafood. You ca…
Desde sempre um restaurante de fortes influências francesas, a Fortaleza do Guincho procura novos h…
Chinese, Vegetarian, World Food
The Mandarin is probably the most genuine of a Chinese restaurant in Portugal, confecionando the tr…
Installed in a former early 20th-century chalet, offers matching decor and scenic room overlooking …
The beautiful and stylish Cascais hostel deserved a space that gives continuity and an extension, a…
Portuguese, Seafood restaurant
Não fugindo ao que é esperado num restaurante da Estrada do Guincho, o Monte Mar combina a sua loca…
Panoramic restaurant open since 1976 and completely renovated in 2006, located on the sea. Is renow…
Installed in the magnificent hotel The Oitavos, this modern and refined restaurant features, like t…
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What to do in Cascais
Praia Grande do Guincho
A very beautiful beach, surrounded by trees and bushes.One of the biggest and most attended beaches in the country, it has large waves and strong winds and is often used for international surf, bodyboard and windsurf competitions.There are bars with excellent terraces and excellent restaurants specialized in fish and shellfish.
Casino do Estoril
Casino located in the Estoril Coast, one of the biggest in Europe. This space has seen performances by several Portuguese and international celebrities. Among the games available there are the French bank, the baccarat, the slot machines and 12 roulettes.
Boca do Inferno
It is the most spectacular natural accident of the geological formation of coasting calcareous stone showing erosion from rain water. It once might have been a cave sculpted on the rock by rain water and the strength of the waves, which cealing ended up collapsing.
Museu-Biblioteca Condes de Castro de Guimarães
The Museum-Library that got its donor's name opened in 1930. During the adaptation to museum works they have been careful to keep the atmosphere of a house with its inhabitants and the interior architecture and decor motives have been stressed. Here, you will appreciate works of great artistic and documental value, including art works that picture Cascais, by Portuguese and …
Farol de Santa Marta
The farol de Santa Marta is one of the oldest in the municipality and played an important role in the safety of Cascais and the guidance of boats to dry land. Despite maintaining its functions, currently houses a museum space …
Forte do Guincho / Forte das Velas
The Strong winch primitive only the outer walls and a stone plaque over the door. This Fort was the defense line of the Atlantic coast. Currently, works here a hotel and a restaurant.
Praia do Tamariz
An urban beach with a maritime swimming pool and a 19th century house. First rate restaurants with very varied menus.There is a lot of night animation in the area, namely the casino.
Palácio do Duque de Palmela
A palace built on the site of the demolished Fortress of Our Lady of Conceição, it was acquired in 1868 by the Duques of Palmela in order to build a summer residence there. The project belongs to the English architect …
Pinhal do Junqueiro
The Pinhal do Junqueiro is a large green space with a wide populated area of pine trees. Has several suitable trails to sports, particularly cycling and jogging.
Parque de Palmela
This park was built by the Duques of Palmela around the year of 1870. It welcomed parties and bazaars and it is still the place of several cultural activities. It has an open air amphitheatre where symphonic orchestras, jazz bands, …
Praia do Abano
A beach located by the old Guncho fortress, surrounded by the beautiful hills of the Sintra mountain.A space that pleases the youngest with good quality restaurants that have high prices.
Praia de Avencas
A beach surrounded by a wall, located in a noble area.There is a good quality restaurant/bar with high prices.
Casa das Histórias Paula Rego / Casa Museu Paula Rego
The project Casa das Histórias Paula Rego, designed by the architect Eduardo Souto Moura, consists of 750 m2 of permanent and temporary exhibition area, coffee shop, bookstore and an auditorium with seating for 195 seats. The Museum brings together 121 …
Praia de Parede
A little rocky beach frequented mainly by young people. Wide range of restaurants, bars and terraces with a lot of excitement at night. Is known for its water with iodine and clay rocks, being sought for treatment of bone diseases …
Farol da Guia
When the Portuguese maritime expansion had its peak, in the 16th century, Cascais was one of the first places to have a lighthouse. The Guia lighthouse was built in 1610 and a small hermitage was built in the surrounding area …
Praia Pequena do Guincho
A beach surrounded by rocks of rare beauty, located by the Ponta Alta fortress and the Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho.Attended by those who enjoy radical sports.There are several luxury restaurants and shellfish houses.
Fortaleza de Nossa Senhora da Luz
The fortress of Nossa Senhora da Luz has a portal with pilasters and a pediment heavy denticuladas. The coat of arms of Portuguese Crown evokes the overlapping of past wars.
Jardim Marechal Carmona
A pleasant green space, with large lawns and several reasons of interest, namely a juvenile library, a mini-zoo, a children's playground and a picnic area. In the garden one can visit the museum of the counts of Castro Guimarães and …
Forte de São Jorge de Oitavos
Built during the reign of Dom João IV, this fortress still maintains its primitive structure with its scuttles, its patrol walk and its stairways. The barrack, located in the middle of the stronghold and of the two waters rooftop, is …
Marina de Cascais
A very famous and much attended marina, located by the castle in the citadel. It has a small mall and night animation.
Praia de São Pedro do Estoril
Urban beach which forms a small Cove, having a young frequency. Is protected by a cliff, being a privileged area for fishing enthusiasts. There are several bars and quality restaurants, with high prices.
Where to sleep in Cascais
É um hotel incontornável em Cascais. Pela magnífica localização, literalmente em cima do mar, pelo design, que se conjuga com a arquitetura original do edifíci…
Hotel of great refinement, with magnificent views over the Bay of Cascais, constructed almost entirely in glass. Also the rooms are designed for luxury and bol…
17TH century fortress with 24 rooms and three junior suites, comfortable and very elegant with a charming view of the sea. It is located between two rocky ends…
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