Discover the Charm of Cascais

Explore the Charm of Cascais: A Historic Seaside Resort Less Than an Hour from Lisbon


Nestled along the Atlantic coast, Cascais conjures up a glorious maritime past and a dynamic present where history meets modernity. Easily accessible by train from Cais do Sodré, it’s an essential part of our 4-day itinerary in Lisbon.

History and Evolution


In the 14th century, Cascais served as a crucial port of call for ships bound for Lisbon. But it was in the 19th century that its destiny took a major turn. Under the impetus of King D. Luís I of Portugal, Cascais became a sought-after seaside destination.

Nobles and royalty transformed the fishing village into an elegant summer resort, leaving behind magnificent palaces and residences that still add an aristocratic touch to its lively atmosphere. Let’s not forget the fantastic work done on the sidewalks with the geometric shapes of the “calçadas portuguesas.

Beaches and Natural Beauty

Cascais’s beaches are natural gems that attract visitors from around the world. Whether you prefer the calm waters of the city’s bay or the spectacular waves of Guincho, part of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park and a paradise for surfers, you’ll find your bliss here. The “Boca do Inferno” (Hell’s Mouth), a spectacular rock formation, offers a breathtaking natural spectacle, where waves sometimes several meters high crash against the steep cliffs.

And if you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of our president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, bathing in the crystal-clear waters of Cascais, adding a touch of celebrity to this already prestigious seaside destination.

Water Activities and Sea Adventures

boat trip cascais bateau louer

For a truly memorable experience, immerse yourself in the waters of the Atlantic by renting a pleasure boat. Explore hidden coves, snorkel in crystal-clear waters, or simply relax while sailing along the picturesque coast.

Deep-sea fishing enthusiasts will be thrilled with the opportunities in Cascais. Organize a deep-sea fishing excursion and set out in search of the biggest fish in the Atlantic. A day at sea is not only an exciting adventure but also an opportunity to create unforgettable memories.

Must-Visit Places in Cascais

Casa das Histórias de Paula Rego

In addition to beach and sea pleasures, Cascais is also rich in cultural and artistic treasures to discover. Don’t miss the “Casa das Histórias de Paula Rego,” a space dedicated to contemporary art, or the “Centro de Arte Manuel Brito,” which exhibits a remarkable collection of 20th-century Portuguese art.

And for those who want to delve further into local history and culture, visits to the Condes de Castro Guimarães Museum, the Sea Museum – King D. Carlos, and the Marechal Carmona Park are highly recommended.

In summary, Cascais offers a perfect getaway less than an hour from Lisbon. With its enchanting beaches, exciting water activities, and cultural treasures, this coastal town has everything to delight travelers in search of discovery and relaxation. So get ready to be dazzled by the incomparable charm of Cascais on your next trip to Portugal!

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