Cascais is a municipality in the Lisbon District of Portugal, located on the Portuguese Riviera. The population in 2011 was 206,479, in an area of 97.40 km². Cascais is an important tourist destination.
Boca do Inferno is a chasm located in the seaside cliffs close to the Portuguese city of Cascais, in the District of Lisbon. The seawater has access to the deep bottom of the chasm and vigorously strikes its rocky walls, making it a popular tourist attraction.Learn more Book this experience
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Praia do Guincho is a popular Atlantic beach located on Portugal's Estoril coast, 5 km from the town of Cascais, and is located in the municipality of Cascais, more precisely in the parishes of Cascais and Alcabideche, in the District of Lisbon.Learn more Book this experience
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Tour some of Portugal's most magical cultural heritage, and enjoy the lush gardens, lakes, grottoes and enigmatic constructions of Quinta da Regaleira. Visit the famous Initiation Well, and other places that hide mysterious meanings evoked by orders such as Freemasonry and the Knights Templar! Stop for a lunch break in old Sintra, and enjoy some free time to explore the historical charm of old Sintra, and the opportunity to taste the traditional pastry from Sintra, Travesseiro! Feel like royalty as you enter the romantic Pena Palace and Park, a unique expression of the architectural Romanticism. Like something out of a fairy tale, it's breathtaking architecture blends many styles together: Gothic, neo-Manuelin, neo-Islamic and neo-Renaissance. With an astonishing variety of plants and trees, amazing views of the Moorish castle, and the Atlantic Ocean, it's a perfect way to end the day before returning to Lisbon.Book this experience
The Guia lighthouse is an active Portuguese lighthouse located at Cabo da Guia, about 2 km west of the centre of Cascais. It is an octagonal tower in white masonry with a red lantern that has a range of 18 nautical miles.Learn more Book this experience
Learn how to surf, or improve your skills at Sao Pedro beach near Lisbon, and rest assure that you will get easily on the board and start riding the waves. The essential part when learning how to surf, is to have a good instructor... and the instruct...Book this experience
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Paragliding over the skies of Portugal, having a fantastic view of Lisbon and their unique landscape is an experience you will never forget. Come and enjoy! Not so long ago flying was just a dream for the "crazy" people. Nowadays there is a...Book this experience
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Looking for the best views of Sintra? You'll get them up at this 10th-century Moorish monument. Skip the line and walk the beautiful pathways, see ancient artifacts from the Bronze Age, Iron Age, and Neolithic period. All the while you'll learn about the castle's history and see Sintra, the Palace of Pena, and the hills beyond from a whole new perspective.Book this experience
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This picture-perfect mountain retreat was a monastery until transformed into a private palace by King Ferdinand II. The surrounding Park of Pena is just as big of a treat, full of exotic plant life and other secret treasures. Discover for yourself the 'Crown of the Sintra region'.Book this experience
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Sintra is a town and municipality in the Greater Lisbon region of Portugal, located on the Portuguese Riviera. The population of the municipality in 2011 was 377,835, in an area of 319.23 square kilometres.Learn more
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The Sintra-Cascais Natural Park is a park on the Portuguese Riviera, one of the 13 Natural Parks of Portugal. While only established in 1994 as a Natural Park by the Portuguese Government, it has been protected since 1981.Learn more Book this experience
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Cabo da Roca or Cape Roca is a cape which forms the westernmost point of the Sintra Mountain Range, of mainland Portugal, of continental Europe, and of the Eurasian land mass.Learn more Book this experience
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Quinta da Regaleira is a quinta located near the historic centre of Sintra, Portugal. It is classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO within the "Cultural Landscape of Sintra".Learn more Book this experience
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Colares is a civil parish along the coast of the municipality of Sintra. The population in 2011 was 7,628, in an area of 33.37 square kilometres.Learn more
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Praia da Adraga is a North Atlantic beach in Portugal, near to the town of Almoçageme, Sintra. It has been recommended in British newspapers.Learn more Book this experience
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The Palace of Queluz is an 18th-century palace located at Queluz, a city of the Sintra Municipality, in the Lisbon District, on the Portuguese Riviera.Learn more Book this experience
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Azenhas do Mar is a seaside town in the municipality of Sintra, Portugal. It is part of Colares civil parish. It is located just 30 km away from Lisboa, near Cabo da Roca, Palácio da Pena, and other attractions.Learn more
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Costa de Caparica is a Portuguese civil parish, located in the municipality of Almada along the western coast of the district of Setúbal. The population in 2011 was 13,418, in an area of 10.18 km². Since 9 December 2004, the Costa de Caparica has been designated as city within the urban hierarchy of Portugal.Learn more
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Travel to Cascais if you like:⛰️ Cliff 🏖️ Beach 🏰 Historic site 🏖️ Coast 🏖️ Ocean 🏘️ Town
o reach Cascais, you can fly into Lisbon's Humberto Delgado Airport and then take a train from the Cais do Sodré station. The train ride takes around 40 minutes and offers stunning views of the coastline. Alternatively, you can rent a car and drive to Cascais, which is approximately 30 kilometers away from Lisbon.
Before your trip, it's essential to book accommodations, as Cascais can get quite busy during the peak season (from June to September). You may also want to reserve a spot on one of the many guided tours available, such as a boat tour to explore the beautiful coastline or a bike tour to discover the charming villages nearby.
Costs in Cascais are relatively affordable compared to other European destinations. You can expect to pay around €50-€100 per night for a mid-range hotel, while meals at local restaurants will typically set you back €10-€20 per person. Entrance fees to most attractions are also reasonably priced, usually ranging from €5-€15.
Some of the best things to do in Cascais include visiting the Boca do Inferno, a dramatic cliff formation; strolling through the charming old town; and soaking up the sun on the beautiful beaches, such as Praia da Rainha and Praia do Guincho. In addition, don't miss the opportunity to visit the historic sites, such as the Cascais Citadel and the Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum.
For a delicious meal, try Restaurante Mar do Inferno, which offers fresh seafood and stunning views of the Boca do Inferno, or O Pátio dos Petiscos, a cozy tapas bar specializing in traditional Portuguese dishes. For something more upscale, consider dining at Hemingway Cascais, a trendy restaurant offering a fusion of Portuguese and international cuisine.
When choosing where to stay, consider the charming Pergola House, a beautiful guesthouse located in the heart of Cascais. Alternatively, you can opt for the luxurious Grande Real Villa Itália Hotel & Spa, which offers an extensive range of amenities and stunning ocean views. For budget-conscious travelers, the Nice Way Cascais Hostel is a great option, located just a short walk from the beach.
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For an unusual travel experience in Cascais, consider visiting the Condes de Castro Guimarães Museum, housed in a beautiful palace surrounded by lush gardens. The museum features an eclectic collection of art, furniture, and other items, including a rare edition of "The Lusiads," an epic poem by Portuguese poet Luís de Camões. Another off-the-beaten-path experience is hiking in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, where you can explore the beautiful landscapes and enjoy stunning views of the coast.
The beaches of Cascais
The Portuguese coast, of which Cascais is a part, has 17 beaches. As you can imagine, they are not all located near the city center.
First of all, there are a few beaches that are very convenient because they are easily accessible on foot from the center of Cascais and allow you to swim quite easily without the waves being too big.
They are therefore perfect if you have children, want to relax without going too far or if you don't have a means of transportation on site.
They have the disadvantage of their advantage: as they are small "city" beaches, they quickly become crowded when temperatures rise.
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Just a few steps away, there is a seawater pool, the Piscina Oceânica Alberto Romano. It is very popular with children because it is safer to swim in this type of environment than in the open sea!
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