Take a train from Lisbon and keep going and it will end at CASCAIS (pronounced – cash-kaysh). Cascais was the resort of the Portuguese Royal Family up until the very early 1900’s. It’s a gorgeous coastline town on Portugal’s Atlantic Costa Estoril. This is a premier resort, with a beautiful Marina, a fort and three great beaches along its esplanade. Summertime is obviously the peak period in this area where the crowds visit en masse but bring with them a vibrancy and soul of summer pleasures. Younger and more vibey than the more asture Estoril, Cascais is a less exclusive resort but its chic, almost hip grungy feel of a fishing village is easily sensed.
Bars and nightlife abound in the summer months – particularly on weekends with the main concentration around Largo Luís de Camões. Imagine sitting back in one of the many cafes and enjoying a sundowner with the local delicacy of grilled sardines and a cold local brew.
Cascais’ many other palaces of interest are found to the west of the town centre. Walking past the church, you’ll discover the very tranquil Parque Municipal da Gandarinha, housing the mansion of the counts of Guimarães. This edifice is preserved with the nineteenth-century fittings as the Museu Biblioteca Conde Castro Guimarães. Most of the time, you’ll find someone to give you a guided tour of the furniture, paintings and antiques that the count gave to his beloved nation.
Keep walking on to the north side of the parkand this will take you to the modern Museu do Mar with a quaint collection of model boats, old costumes, sea-related artefacts and pictures.
You’ll find some of the finest beaches on the Lisbon Coastline in Cascais, with vacation apartments, villas and fantastic hotels that are perfectly situated for anyone with a passion for sun and watersports.
This part of Portugal is a destination that is world-renowned for the superb wind-surfing conditions. In an area with such an unbelievable diversity of landscapes and natural environments, holiday rentals in Lisbon Coast have so much more to provide than a choice of stunning coastlines.
Hotels in Cascais are easily located in the picturesque seaside town where the opportunities for recreation and leisure can include anything from hiking and biking in the surrounding mountainous countryside to checking out the fascinating wealth of history and culture that you’ll find from the smallest rural town to the cosmopolitan splendor of the city of Lisbon.
Cascais is well known for its little town coastlines like the popular Praia da Rainha and Conceicao. From a hotel, the 15 minute stroll down the impressive contemporary promenade from Cascais takes you to the gorgeous shoreline of Sao Joao.
Golfing getaways to the Cascais will certainly not be a disappointment. Plenty of courses are available in Estoril, Penha Longa and Quinta de Beloura amongst others, there are a great many of fantastic fairways to test the expert or learner.
A quick drive takes you to the popular coastline of Praia da Guincho, where long sand dunes and marvelous caverns form the backdrop to the landscape.
Boca do Inferno is a magnificent natural destination along the shoreline, where the big Atlantic waves hit the rocky shoreline forming substantial caverns and amazing blow holes.
A visit to Cascais, Portugal is highly recommended.