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Cascais
Travel Guide

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.

Top hotels in Cascais

Grande Real Villa Italia
Grande Real Villa Italia
5 out of 5
Rua Frei Nicolau de Oliveira, 100, Cascais
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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! (991 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
Eurostars Cascais
Eurostars Cascais
4 out of 5
Travessa da Republica, 35-35A, Cascais
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$99 per night from 27 Feb to 28 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in the heart of Cascais, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Manuel Possolo Hippodrome, Cascais Beach and Boca do Inferno. Paula Rego Historical House ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (344 reviews)
Just ok and way away from town.

"The main areas closed at 7 as well as the pool and outside areas. So after a long drive we wanted to enjoy sitting outside to relax by the pool and they said no. Makes no sense as you want people outside during COVID. We felt trapped in jail. Tons of flies around the pool when we did venture to the ..."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jul,2020

Eurostars Cascais
Hotel Riviera
Hotel Riviera
4 out of 5
Rua Bartolomeau Dias, Junqueiro, Carcavelos, Cascais, Lisbon
The price is SG$146 per night from 27 Feb to 28 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees

Situated on the beach, this spa hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Carcavelos Beach and within 6 miles (10 km) of Cascais Beach and Tamariz Beach. Estoril Conference ...

4/5Very Good! (210 reviews)

"Very good hotel and staff. Pool not available (winter?) and had to ask for a kettle, which arrived asap with cups and sugar but no tea/coffee. Excellent breakfast."…"

Reviewed on 13 Mar,2020

Hotel Riviera
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Holiday Rentals in Cascais

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 SG$152 per night from 2 Mar to 3 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

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! (568 reviews)
Wonderful

"An excellent 5 star, family friendly destination."…"

Reviewed on 18 Nov,2020

Sheraton Cascais Resort - Hotel & Residences
Vila Gale Cascais
Vila Gale Cascais
4 out of 5
Rua Frei Nicolau de Oliveira, 80, Parque da Gandarinha, Cascais

This family-friendly Cascais aparthotel is located by the sea, within a 15-minute walk of Marechal Carmona Park, Cascais Beach and Boca do Inferno. Condes de ...

4.1/5Very Good! (980 reviews)

"We have stayed at this hotel many times before. They know us. They are very welcoming. We feel at home here. If there is anything about it is that they have recently improved the pools and have taken the old bushes out. Now the pool overlooks over the busy road. This will improve when the plants ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Sep,2020

Vila Gale Cascais
Pestana Cascais Ocean & Conference Aparthotel
Pestana Cascais Ocean & Conference Aparthotel
4 out of 5
Av. Manuel Julio Carvalho e Costa 115, Cascais

This family-friendly Cascais aparthotel is located by the ocean, within 3 mi (5 km) of Cascais Beach and Estoril Casino. Guincho Beach and Quinta da Regaleira ...

4.1/5Very Good! (425 reviews)
Very nice property in Cascais

"Very nice. Staff super helpful. Everything works."…"

Reviewed on 15 Aug,2020

Pestana Cascais Ocean & Conference Aparthotel
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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Reviews of Cascais

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15 Mar 2020

Lovely town with plenty to do, nice selection of restaurants, great beaches and travel connections to Lisbon and Sintra. Beautiful ocean front hotel.

5/5 - Excellent

MF&TB

4 Jan 2020

I dubbed it 'Lisbon Riviera' ..... I just loved the place! And only 35 mins drive from Lisbon airport!!

5/5 - Excellent

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28 Dec 2019

Cascais is a lovely town and the surrounding area is beautiful. Lovely walks along the coast.

5/5 - Excellent

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6 Nov 2019

A beautiful place and worth visiting. A friendly harbour, with great food and activities

5/5 - Excellent

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31 Oct 2019

Great shops good restaurants

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

31 Oct 2019

Beautiful scenery, unbelievable weather for October, I fell in love with it the second i set eyes on it!