Attractions and Places to Visit in Cascais
Cascais, Portugal lies on the far western coast just thirty kilometres from Lisbon and makes the perfect base from which to explore all that the region has to offer. Set right in the heart of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, there are many things to do in Cascais and much adventuring to be done right on your doorstep. Beaches in Cascais are wonderfully varied, including sheltered sandy coves perfect for family bathing, wide sandy beaches with huge Atlantic rollers ideal for surfing and rugged cliff-flanked drops, that give the impression that they were especially designed to ward off the streams of uninvited visitors who approached the country’s rocky shores by boat, in times gone by.
There are many attractive and lively beaches in Cascais, many of which are described in more detail throughout this site.Away from the beach there are many enticing sights and things to do in Cascais. Take time to explore the quaint Old Town with its many period mansions belonging to the landed gentry in times of old and the sparkling new marina, a mark of Cascais’ dedication to the sea and all that marine life stands for as well as a symbol of its future.
A number of new restaurants in Cascais are springing up around the marina, creating an exciting air of anticipation and sophistication in this formerly forgotten area. Restaurants in Cascais offer something for everyone, from sushi and sashimi to traditional Portuguese seafood soup with some well-chosen wine lists to keep you company on your voyage of gastronomic discovery.
Cascais, Portugal is well placed for exploring the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, with its architectural gems and beach treasures. Here we bring you an easy reference to some of the best day trips in the area, from the Palaces perched on Sintra mountain to the pick of the putting greens on the world-class golf courses.
And what better way to relax after a long day of adventures than over a drink at one of Cascais’ many nightspots. Nightlife in Cascais is varied and has something for everyone. Here we provide you with a guide to the most sophisticated and the most laid-back venues nightlife in Cascais, from marina-front bars and Europe’s largest Casino to relaxed eateries and sophisticated rooftop terraces in some of the town’s most exclusive hotels. So go ahead and make your wish list of holiday must-haves – and discover how Cascais can tick all the boxes.
Boca do Inferno
Boca do Inferno (Portuguese for Hell's Mouth) is a chasm located in the seaside cliffs close to the Portuguese city of Cascais, in the District of Lisbon. The seawater has access to the deep...
Casa das Histórias Paula Rego
This inspiring museum was opened in 2009 and is dedicated to the lifetime works of the internationally acclaimed painter, Paula Rego. Born and raised in Cascais (moving to England years later)...
Museu do Mar
Museu do Mar museum pays homage to Cascais’ maritime heritage and to D. Carlos I, the Portuguese king assassinated in 1908 and pioneer of oceanography in the country. Rare fossils, shells...
Quinta do Pisão
Nature preserve with hiking trails & a farm offering donkey rides & vegetables for sale. Covering an area of 380 hectares, Quinta do Pisão is located north of Cascais in the Sintra-Cascais Natural...
Sintra-Cascais Natural Park
The Sintra-Cascais Natural Park is one of the 13 Natural Parks of Portugal. While only established in 1994 as a Natural Park by the Portuguese Government, it has been protected since 1981. Its area is...
Cabo da Roca
Cabo da Roca is a wild and rugged headland that marks the most westerly point of mainland Europe. The windswept cliffs of Cabo de Roca were believed to be the edge of the world up until the up until...
Beaches in Cascais
Praia do Guincho is one of the finest beaches of the Lisbon region, that combines intense surfing with dramatic scenery. Guincho is situated on the western edge of the Serra da Sintra National Park...
Praia do Tamariz
Reputed as the most cosmopolitan beach on the coastline, Tamariz beach in Estoril is a favourite when its comes to sunbathing in style. Just a promenade walk away from the heart of Cascais...
Praia da Cresmina
Cresmina beach (Praia da Cresmina) is located right next to the bigger, much better known Guincho beach - in fact it is sometimes referred to as "Little Guincho". A small rocky headland separates...
Praia da Rainha
The Praia da Rainha is the smallest beach within the vicinity of Cascais but it is by far the most picturesque. So beautiful was the small cove that it was chosen by a queen as her private beach...