Cascais is a beach town just 45 minutes from Lisbon, which makes it a perfect city escape on a hot day. The earlier fishing town has several high-end hotels and resorts for those who want to stay a bit longer. Because, even though Cascais can be explored in a day, the town has a lot to offer when it comes to attractions, culture, tasty food and stunning beaches.
What to see and do in Cascais
? The dramatic cliff formation Boca Do Inferno (“Devil’s Mouth”) is definitely worth a visit. We took a taxi to the cliffs from the train station and then walked back. The walk from Boca Do Inferno to the city center offers panoramic views along the coastline all the way.
? The Farol de Santa Marta is a picturesque lighthouse located on the walk from Boca do Inferno to Cascais city center. It is located right next to Casa de Santa Maria and with the crystal clear water in the front, it all makes a beautiful picture.
? The town is famous for its beaches. Praia da Rainha is an example of a picturesque beach with crystal clear water, surrounded by cliffs. Many of the beaches are located just next to the city center, but there are also stretches of white beaches outside the city.
? Check out the marina, which is filled with charming, old fishing boats as well as exclusive yachts. If you are staying in Cascais for some time, you may rent a boat and enjoy the city from the sea. It was so tempting not to go on a fishing trip whilst we were here but we just didn’t have enough money to do it. What I did see though is people using an inflatable kayak to take themselves out to catch some fish. That was such a good idea as apparently it’s a good inflatable for fishing so we’ll have to consider this in the future.
? Visit Cidadela de Cascais, a fortress from the 15th century located near the marina.
? The historic city center of Cascais itself is actually very charming, something I did not expect when going there. The Portuguese architecture is stunning and parts of the area are covered with white and blue painted tiles. The streets are filled with good shopping opportunities, either you are looking for unique boutiques or international brands. Restaurants and cafes can be found on every corner.
? Visit Museu Condes de Castro Guimaraes, a beautiful 19th century villa. It makes quite a sight from the outside and the inside is supposed to be even more stunning. You can also enjoy the view of the town from the mansion’s tower.
? Relax and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Everything goes slow in Cascais. The town will give you a proper vacation feeling. Enjoy a drink while watching the sunset or do some people watching while sipping at a cup of coffee. And, do not forget to try the amazing seafood in the city!
Where to eat in Cascais:
? The Tasting Room: Located in one of the main streets, this wine bar is the perfect place to sit down for a glass of wine and cheese while doing some people watching.
? Taberna Económica de Cascais: A cheaper dining option offering local specialties and loads of delicious seafood. The restaurant is tiny (only 4-5 tables), but that makes the experience even more authentic and charming.
? Hotel Albatroz: A lunch at the idyllic terrace at Hotel Albatroz may not be the cheapest meal in Cascais, but the location is just awesome. The food is also great; we had a Prego (local Portuguese burger) for 15€. If I should stay overnight in Cascais, I would check out the prices of this hotel, as it looked amazing staying there.
How to get from Lisbon to Cascais and how to get around
Take the train from Cais du Sodre in Lisbon to Cascais. The train takes approx. 40 minutes and a return ticket costs about 5€. The train station in Cascais is located in the city center and you can basically walk everywhere from the station. As mentioned above, we took a taxi from the station to Boca do Inferno to save some time, and the price was about 5€.
Another popular day trip from Lisbon is to the fairy tale town Sintra. If you are staying in Cascais, you can easily go to Sintra for a day trip as well (then by bus).
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