Once a fishing village, Cascais is today a pretty beach town: perfect for a day trip from Lisbon to enjoy some sun and sea.

During summer weekends the citizens of Lisbon go to Cascais, a lovely beach town located just 30 minutes from the capital.

Follow their example: enjoy a sunbath at one of the many beautiful beaches along the coast, refresh by jumping into blue waters, practice water sports such as surf or windsurf, stroll around the old city or the natural reserve.

Most of tourists visit Cascais on a day trip. Why not spending a little longer? There is so much to do!

The old town

Cascais, which used to be a fishing village, today is completely oriented towards the tourism industry with several hotels, shops, bars, and restaurants opened mainly on summer time. However, Cascais today is still an active fishing port; the old town, with its narrow streets, hasn’t lost its charme and it surely deserves a visit.

Its lively fish market, known as Lota, is a testimony of the times when Cascais used to be a fishing village. In order to learn more about the life of these fishermen and their wives, the small Museu do Mar exhibits clothes, working tools, boats, and other objects connected to fishing activities. You will find the description of the maritime past of Cascais and some moving quotations of men who have lived their entire life in the ocean.

Visit the Museu Condes de Castro Guimarães, a bizzarre palace that used to belong to an Irishman who went bankrupt and was forced to sell his own luxurious residence. His successor, count Castro Guimarães, decorated it with azulejos and exotic pieces of oriental furnishings. Here you have the opportunity to admire a rare representation of Lisbon before the earthquake.

If you have had enough sun for the day, enjoy some shadow at the Parque Municipal da Gandarinha, a lovely residential park filled with palms, eucalyptus, birches, and pines, and embellished with rose gardens and blooming bushes.

Cascais’ beaches

Many beautiful beaches along the coast attract groups of tourists to Cascais, where there are three small sandy coves: Praia da Rainha, Praia da Conceiçao and Praia da Duquesa.

Praia da Ribeira, which overlooks the municipal square, is slightly bigger and its usually get less crowded. The beach features an area equipped with umbrellas, while the rest of it is free. It is a suitable solution for families traveling with kids, thanks to the services offered.

The most beautiful beach is Praia do Quincho, which is long and wild. It is very appreciated among surfers because of its waves, but it can be dangerous for swimmers and beginner surfers. We recommend to check it out anyways; you can walk along the river and enjoy the sun while being surrounded by a majestic natural environment.

Two kilometers from Cascais there is the promontory of Boca do Inferno, a beautiful cliff about twenty meters high. If you want to experience stronger emotions and take spectacular photos, go to Cabo do Roca, the westernmost point of Europe. It is located about half an hour from Cascais and you can get there by bus.

Outdoor activities

The beaches around Cascais are perfect to go surfing and here it is possible to find several surfing schools and courses of all levels, from beginners to advanced. Other water sports that can be practiced in the area are windsurf and water ski; if you want to have some fun with your friends, rent a banana boat.

Those who want to stretch their legs can enjoy a walk along the promenade, which goes from Cascais to Estoril, a well known beach town named “The Portuguese French Riviera”. It is located about 2 kilometers away from Cascais. If you want to enjoy a more intense workout, join one of the many trekking paths at the Sintra-Cascais Natural Reserve.

Are you looking for some more adrenaline? A few kilometers from Cascais you will find a rock climbing school for beginners and advanced climbers. A great experience, as long as you don’t suffer from vertigo!

How to get to Cascais from Lisbona

Cascais can be easily reached from Lisbon on regional trains leaving from Cais do Sodré train station. The journey lasts about thirty minutes and trains are pretty frequent; there is one every twenty minutes. There are also some buses, but the train is by far the best solution. There are also buses connecting Cascais with Sintra and Cabo da Roca.

Those who rented a car can choose to reach Cascais by driving through the motorway A5 or by taking the more panoramic N6.

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