Situated about 30 KM from Lisbon, this ancient fishing village has grown in the last century to become one of the most important tourist centers of Portugal.
Renowned for its glorious stretch of white, sandy beach, myriad of shopping opportunities and cosmopolitan vibrancy, the former fishing village of Cascais has reinvented itself into a refined seaside resort and one of Lisbon’s most sophisticated destinations.
Snuggled between the sun-dappled shores of the Cascais bay and Sintra’s dramatic mountain range, this stylish coastal town is situated just a few miles from the mouth of the Tagus estuary and captures the attention of visitors year-round with its delightful maritime feel and contemporary charm.
Historically, Cascais is best remembered as an elegant summer retreat for 19th Century Portuguese kings and a haven for European royalty who sought refuge in the country’s neutral territory during World War II. However, while time has shaped this scenic resort into a glamorous centre of culture, nightlife and top-quality living, Cascais has managed to retain the splendor of its seafaring age through its elegant fortresses, lighthouses and 17th Century citadel.
The Largo de Camões square marks the historic center of Cascais and is a favorite with locals and tourists alike due to the cheerful atmosphere created by its pubs, cafés and restaurants – an especially lively spot in the evening! While in the area, walk around ‘Rua Direita’, the most commercial street in town and find shops, friendly street vendors and nearby shopping centers. There are also several busy weekly fairs in Cascais that are great for picking up traditional Portuguese linen and handicraft items.
Whenever leaving the centre, you may catch a glimpse of the local fishermen mending their nets beside their colorful boats at the quaint Pescadores beach. Contrasting with this picturesque sight is the nearby Cascais Marina – a modern seafront setting where you can appreciate luxurious yachts, sizzling seafood dishes, trendy bars and boutiques. Cascais is also a magnet for night owls, providing an eclectic range of evening entertainment that offers everything from glitzy cocktail lounges to cosy jazz bars and upbeat clubs.
The Historical Center of Cascais is mainly composed by small houses and apartments. Most of the houses are old fishermen’s houses now totally refurbished.
It’s a very picturesque and charming area with lot of stores, restaurants and bars.
It’s quite a nice place to live for someone who spends most of the time in Cascais and doesn’t need to use a car everyday.
In Cascais you can find some fantastic restaurants such as Porto de Santa Maria, Furnas do Guincho, Hemingway among others.
Lisbon is a short car-drive from Cascais and Estoril, although a quick trip on the railway will also take you to the city center – a pleasant train ride allowing you to admire the beauty of Cascais’s coast merge with Lisbon’s unique, historic appeal.