With its natural charm, historic significance and comfortable facilities, Cascais has everything you can expect from a modern seaside resort. Travel here from nearby Lisbon to discover its royal history and wealth of seaside attractions.
Discover the soul of Cascais by strolling its quaint pedestrianized laneways. Restaurants and cafés are dotted among the shops and seaside resorts, the perfect spots to sample Portugal’s famous seafood and wine. Explore the rich history of the area by viewing the former royal residence of the Cascais Fortress (Cidadela de Cascais) and the opulent mansion turned museum of Condes de Castro Guimarães.
Explore the sandy beaches spread along much of the waterfront. The closest beach to the center of town is popular little Praia da Rainha (Queen’s Beach). Swim in its calm, clear waters and let the kids make marine discoveries in its rock pools. For a bit more action, head to famous Guincho Beach with a surfboard to catch a wave.
Take in the rugged beauty of the coastline with an excursion to Boca do Inferno. Translated as “Hell’s Mouth,” this partly collapsed coastal cave left a large rocky arch that gives access to a stunning natural pool, which you can view from the cliffs above.
Enjoy the stylish delights of the Cascais Marina. This former humble fishing harbor has been transformed with modern features, while keeping its landmark historic features. The marina once even hosted the America’s Cup, a testament to its world-class amenities. View mega yachts in their births and spot the gently bobbing sailing boats in the bay while you dine out in style at one of the marina’s seafood restaurants. On a windy day, take an exhilarating sailing trip along the picturesque coastline.
Climb the tower of the eye-catching Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum on a rocky outcrop beside the marina. In its architecturally designed exhibit spaces, hear the personal stories of Cascais’ early lighthouse keepers.
Once the exclusive retreat and seasonal playground of Europe’s royal families, the former fishing village of Cascais is now a favorite with beach lovers from all walks of life. The town’s regal views, beaches fit for a queen and exclusive resorts, forts and mansions will have you feeling like royalty in no time.
Dining, Beaches and Cafes
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.
Depart from Lisbon to enjoy a private tour of UNESCO-listed Porto, the 2nd-largest city in Portugal and one of the oldest Europe. Explore a number of the city's most impressive architectural highlights before sampling port wine and choosing to ride a boat on the Douro.
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.
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.
Enjoy a tour from Lisbon to World Heritage-listed Sintra village. Visit spectacular Pena Palace, and take in Cabo da Roca, Cascais, and Estoril as well. Travel with a very small group (maximum 6) in air-conditioned van as your guide provides commentary along the way.
Visiting the historical Carcavelos Vineyard, back from 18th century, it is a must-do tour. The tour includes visiting the vineyards, the cellar and a wine tasting. To complement the tour it is included lunch in a traditional Portuguese restaurant.