Cascais: famous beach vacation spot, easily reached from Lisbon & favorite restaurants

Cascais is a famous & chic vacation spot in Portugal by the Atlantic Ocean, quite close to Lisbon (about 25 km; 30 minutes by train, 15-20 minutes by car).

Center of Cascais in summertime

Cascais is a pleasant mix of history, tourism and local life. Once a small fishing village, nowadays packed with elegant boutiques, luxury hotels and restaurants. But still many small colourful fishing boats are bobbing up and down in the water in front of the village’s sea front. Fresh fish every day! 🙂

Fishing boats in the bay of Cascais, Portugal: Praia dos Pescadores

Cascais is situated on the north side of the mouth of the River Tejo which flows through the Portuguese capital, Lisbon. Cascais’ popularity dates from 1870, when King Luís I decided to convert the 17th century Citadela here into his summer residence.

Cascais, very popular place for tourists: Rua Direita

Portuguese pavement workers are real artists!  What a lovely design, you feel like you’re walking  on waves like Jesus did  😉 

Great beaches, and a promenade that connects Cascais to Lisbon providing one of the most spectacular costal walks available.

Terrace restaurant, cafe & bar ‘O Poéta’ Cascais

Restaurants city center

Agressive waiters on this square try to entice you to eat in their restaurant.

Football lovers : here huge screens are strategically placed outside and inside the restaurants.

Vegetarian restaurant House of Wonders in Cascais

Easy to reach from the trainstation, 5 minutes walk: Largo da Misericordia 53, Cascais
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Vega Restaurant House of Wonders Cascais & mezze (november 2018)

My favorite vegan restaurant and roofterrace in Cascais is House of Wonders, delicious vegetarian food

Lovely new terrace Vega Restaurant & cafe House of Wonders Cascais

July 2019

Facebook House of Wonders Cascais

Restaurant Maritimo, Cascais

Nearby: Set under 2 centuries-old trees there’s tiny restaurant Maritimo ‘s great terrace where you can eat fresh fish and salads.

A popular family restaurant.

Restaurant Maritimo Cascais & prawns with garlic: 15 euro 🙂

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The big square next to the restaurant is an ideal place to let the kids play. Portuguese family restaurant Maritimo (closed on Sunday).

Largo Cidade de Vitória 37, Cascais

Cascais in September

There’s free bike-rental for tourists, and the nearby (5 km, easily accessible by bus or by train) popular Guincho beach is one of the best windsurfing and kitesurfing beaches in Europe.

YouTube movie Graham goes Guincho

Cascais: Museum Conde Castro Guimarães

This Municipal Museum is near by the sea and it keeps a very original architecture because its aim is to promote art. The palace is from 19th century and it was property of Manuel Castro Guimarães (a Portuguese Count from Cascais). MORE

How to get there from Lisbon?

Lisbon, train to Cascais

Cascais is easy to reach from Lisbon by train: ‘Linha de Cascais’ (name of the train line joining Lisbon to Cascais) from Cais do Sodré, Lisbon’s major bus, metro, ferry and trainstation. Return ticket: cheap.

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Cascais & one of the small beaches

More: Visit Cascais 

One Reply to “Cascais: famous beach vacation spot, easily reached from Lisbon & favorite restaurants”

  1. With chequered tablecloths, big windows and walls hung with fishing nets, this sunny restaurant is known for its superb chargrilled fish – shrimp piri-piri is delicious.

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