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). Great beaches, and a promenade that connects Cascais to Lisbon providing one of the most spectacular costal walks available.
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 😉
Cascais is a popular vacation spot for both Portuguese and foreign visitors, with a small city center. The shops are rich and varied.
Terrace restaurant, cafe & bar ‘O Poéta’ Cascais
Agressive waiters on this square try to entice you to eat in their restaurant.
Football lovers : huge screens are strategically placed outside and inside the restaurants.
Vegetarian restaurant House of Wonders in Cascais
My favorite restaurant (and roofterrace) in Cascais is House of Wonders, delicious vegetarian food , Largo da Misericordia
Cascais beach & a lazy Sunday afternoon in September
There’s much more to find in Cascais and the Estoril coast, like a vibrant nightlife and a rich cultural life.
Cascais in September
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.
Cascais & one of the small beaches
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