Cascais

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.

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