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Cascais is a city of ancient history, and since 1255 the capital of Portugal, Cascais is filled with a special symbolic meaning for its inhabitants. The cradle of the city is St. George, located on a high hill. At its foot, the medieval quarter of Alfama is sheltered, the streets and stairs of which remind of the Arabs who lived here before their exile in 1147 as the first king of Portugal. Silent witnesses of the century of the Great Maritime Discoveries of Portugal are the Tower of Bethlehem and the Monastery of the Order of the Jeromes, recognized as the heritage of world culture. Between the seaside west and the renovated east is the unique Cascais, which is easily recognized by the tiles of facades, forged balcony grilles, observation decks and treasures of museums.

At nightfall, when the old quarters of the city are filled with guitar sounds and fado singing, the life of Lisbon residents moves to bars, cafes and discos on the Tagus promenade. The surroundings of Cascais are famous for their magnificent beaches, golf courses and casinos.

It is 20 kilometers from Lisbon to Cascais.

How to get there

Cascais is 25 km from Lisbon, so the best way to achieve the goal is to fly to the capital by plane and then get to your destination by train or bus. On the other hand, Cascais is on the route of the daily trains "Lisbon Porto" and "Porto Lisbon", so if you find yourself first in Porto, you can easily get to Cascais from there. In addition, if you have a license, you can rent a car in any of the cities and enjoy freedom of movement.

It should be recalled that it is more profitable and reliable to book a car in advance via the Internet. You can also rent a car on the spot, although they may not be in high season. In small towns, prices are lower, in large cities there is a wider choice and a larger park.
 

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Weather in Cascais

 

Cascais, as on the entire coast of central Portugal, has a temperate maritime climate, which allows you to swim in the ocean from May to October. However, the largest influx of tourists is observed in the high season - July-August, when the air temperature is stable at 27-28 degrees. At the same time, the water temperature is about 20 degrees Celsius, the rest of the year the ocean here is quite cold, so for a beach holiday, say, in spring you should choose some resort in the south of the country.

 

Transport

The city is very small, so it can be examined for your two. If tourists are going to go there in a rented car, they need to know that the situation with parking lots in its center is tense. It is better to park on the outskirts, and then take the BusCas minibus following a circular route around the city center (it costs about 1 EUR).

The city has a dedicated bicycle path, which stretches as much as 8 km from Cascais to the Guincho promenade in Estoril - and you can ride it on a two-wheeled friend at no cost: in different parts of the city (including near the railway station) bicycles are rented free of charge, just show your passport. All locals move mainly on these bicycles, so the free option is not always available and not always in satisfactory condition.

But in the company Transrent a good bike can be rented for 10-12 EUR per day, scooters, motorcycles and cars are also waiting for their temporary owners. Car rental points are also near the bus station.

 

Beaches of Cascais

Most tourists choose Cascais because of its magnificent beaches. They stretch along the coast for several kilometers and are almost uninterrupted. The most popular and largest beach in Cascais is Guinho. Here are the highest waves in the area, so extreme fans flock to Guinho - surfers, winsurfers, kitesurfers, etc. If you just want to swim quietly and lie on the beach, you can choose smaller popular beaches - for example, Torre or Riberia. All of them are well equipped, have souls, toilets, changing cabins, a team of rescuers on the waters, rental points and cafes on their territory.

Popular hotels in Cascais

 

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5 stars
  • Pestana Cidadela Cascais - Pousada & Art District 5 stars
  • The Albatroz Hotel 5 stars
  • Grande Real Villa Itália Hotel & Spa 5 stars
  • Hotel Cascais Miragem Health & Spa 5 stars
4 stars
  • Vila Bicuda Resort 4 stars
  • Eurostars Cascais 4 stars
  • Hotel Pestana Cascais Ocean & Conference Aparthotel 4 stars
  • Charming Villa Golf & Beach 4 stars
3 stars
  • Cascais Hotel 3 stars
  • Hotel Baia 3 stars
 

Entertainment and attractions

The advantage of Cascais is that almost all the sights of this part of the district are either directly in it or within walking distance from it, while from the same Estoril you need to go to them - at least by bicycle.

One of the most remarkable places in Cascais is the spectacular Palacio de Conde de Castro Guimaraes, the famous museum-library, which is open to visitors. There you can see a collection of 25,000 books, among which there are many rarities. It also stores most of the prehistoric finds from Grutas de Alapraia - a group of underground caves discovered only in the XIX century. Another wonder of nature, the grottoes of Grutus do Poço Velho, are located directly in the city center and date back to the Neolithic era. The Local Maritime Museum attracts visitors with an exposition dedicated to fishing and the history of the city, in addition, there is a rich collection of ocean animals: molluscs, fish, mammals and birds. The founder of the museum is considered to be the Portuguese King Carlos I, who was only interested in oceanology, which then nascent science. An important part of the exposition is occupied by his personal collection.

On the shore of the ocean, just west of the city, there is a miracle of nature, which attracts crowds of tourists here from a year. Boca do Inferno, which translates as "Hell's Mouth", fully justifies its name - it has been a cave of creepy outlines knocked out by water and wind in hard rock over the centuries. In a storm, the waves beat from the rock around the Mouth of Hell, raise a sea of splashes and terrible noise, the dark failure of the cave gapes - in general, the spectacle is fascinating. Of course, it's better to look at him from the ocean side.

The Boca do Inferno abyss can be reached on a horse-drawn cart by hired in Jardim Visconde da Luz.

Among other attractions of the city, it is worth noting the Citadel - it was built on a high cliff to protect the city from attacks from the sea and brilliantly coped with its task. Now there is an elite five-star hotel. An important religious monument of Kaishkaishkaish is the Church of the Assumption. It is located in the city center, at the intersection of many small streets, and is notable not only for its architectural features, but also for its constant exhibition of paintings by Portuguese artist Joseph de Obidos.

Parque Palmela Park, located between Cascais and Estoril, often hosts open-air concerts. In general, being in Cascais, it's a sin not to visit Estoril - there are also magnificent beaches, many discos and bars, as well as a variety of casinos - but gambling lovers know about it without a hint.

Just north of Cascais is the city of Sintra, known to a wide range of readers for the enthusiastic descriptions of Lord Byron in his works. As in any coastal Portuguese city, Cascais has many restaurants of various levels. Most of the dishes offered are from fish and seafood, it is no coincidence that Portugal has the largest consumption of fish per capita in Europe.