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.
Reviewed on 4 Dec,2019
Reviewed on 5 Sep,2019
Ride the waves, enjoy a few hours of sunbathing on the warm sand or go for long walks to catch a sea breeze at this surfer’s paradise in southern Europe.
Follow rugged coastal paths, enjoy sweeping ocean vistas and marvel at the power of nature at this stunning natural attraction with an ominous name.
Give in to the magnetic pull of this stylish boat harbor with its sleek yachts and scenic views. Wine and dine at a stylish restaurant or set out on a sailing trip.
Take the family to this beach within walking distance of Estoril to play and swim in the sun against the backdrop of a curious castle built in medieval style.
Marvel at the rich decor of the palace and chapel, take in the bay views and visit the museum in this 15th-century landmark that has withstood the test of time.
Delve into the history of this panoramic blue-and-white landmark of Cascais by browsing its beautifully repurposed lighthouse keepers’ cottages.
Spend a day discovering the romantic village of Sintra, a UNESCO-listed town full of Portuguese history and magical castles. After lunch, travel along the coast to Cabo da Roca—Europe's westernmost point—make a stop at the fishing village of Cascais, and pass the coastal town of Estoril.
Explore Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in Europe, on a small-group tour that includes stops at the Belém Tower, the Cathedral, and ending with a visit to Parque das Nações. Along the way, sample pastries, admire views of the city, and learn about the incredible history.
Visit Fátima, the site of the purported apparitions of the Virgin Mary in 1917, and then continue to the charming fishing village of Nazaré, and then to the medieval village of Óbidos. At each location, a knowledgeable guide immerses you in the region's fascinating history.
For the beginning of your tour we will pick you up at you accommodation in Sintra, Cascais, Ericeira or Lisbon.
We begin our tour with your hotel pick-up by our friendly local guide that will be waiting for you at 9am at your desired location. Depending on our schedule and passengers' interests, we can customize the itinerary to fit your need but over all you will discover the amazing history behind Portugal's Capital: Lisbon.
Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Guincho Beach, Parque Natural Sintra-Cascais, Cascais Portugal One of the most Incredible beaches in Portugal, a meca for Windsurfers Duration: 10 minutes Stop At: Estrada Cabo da Roca, Colares 2705-001 Portugal The most western point of Portugal! Amazing views and an incredible ride through the mountains.