Cascais Travel Guide

  • Wine tasting tour - bottoms up!
    Wine tasting tour - bottoms up!
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    Cascais Harbour
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Cascais Highlights

  • Pro
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    Birsen says…

     Very relaxing trip! Beautiful and friendly town... 

  • Con
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    veigapaula says…

     too much people;small beaches 

  • In a nutshell
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    suvanki says…

     A lovely resort town with good connections to Lisbon and beyond. 

Cascais Things to Do

  • Boca do Inferno

    This deep crevice in the rocky coast near Cascais is a popular draw for tourists, although I personally failed to see why. Maybe the weather was just too nice and the sea too calm when I visited. In fact it looked rather tranquil, quite a letdown considering its name translated into English is 'The Mouth of Hell'! Furthermore, a number of...

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  • Casa de Santa Maria

    Casa de Santa Maria was designed by architect Raul Lino and build in 1902. This true mediterranean building with Arab influences is open to the public. No admission fee. Visiting hours: Tu-Su: 10AM - 1PM and 2PM - 5PM

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  • Parque Marechal Carmona

    Situated near the marina this Large park is well worth a visit, It is home to the Conde Gastro Guimaraes Museum and to many Birds and some beautiful plants and flowers. A lake that provides a home to Swans, Ducks, Geese and Turtles. There are several Lawned ares ideal for picnics a small bar/cafe, public toilets a childrens book shop and a small...

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  • Palace Condes de Castro Guimaraes

    One of Cascais' most outstanding palace is the PALACIO DE CONDE DE CASTRO GUIMARAES that is open to the public and exhibits its own grand private collection of over 25,000 book and rarities such as an illustrated book by Duarte Galvao (1455-1517). You can also see works of art from national and foreign artists - paintings - porcelain, etc. Also,...

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  • Conde Gastro Guimaraes Museum

    The Counts of Castro Guimarães Palace was constructed in 1890. It's located at the Santa Marta Cove, close to the sea. In 1924 the buiding was transformed into the Cascais Municipal Museum. Inside art is displayed and rich Indo-Portuguese furniture. The library has over 25,000 books, some from the XVII century. In the garden at the right of the...

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  • Fishing Harbour

    Cascais has a large population of fishermen and small fishing boats dot the sea around the harbour. There is also a beach next to the harbour, the Praia de Pescadores, but I personally did not want to bathe there. The air smelled very strongly of the fishing baskets and the beach appeared to be more popular with locals than with tourists. Maybe the...

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Cascais Restaurants

  • Coffee and pasteis

    Friday morning, I needed something quick to eat before catching the bus to Lisbon for the Belem tour. So I found a little cafe on the way to the train station and had a coffee and Portuguese pastry for breakfast. The place was quiet and there weren't a lot of people. The food was delicious, but then again, all portuguese pastries are delicious! And...

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  • Watching the Sports

    The Beefeater Sports Bar is owned by ohn & Grace Chidlow and Derek & Nicky McIvor. the place is in operation since the early 1990's. 5 Giant screens display the major sports games.The first floor is a cosy place to be if your prefer an English background.There's an Internet terminal, but the special keys where all mixed up (quiet a challenge to...

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  • Looking at through traffic

    Dom Manola is a good Portuguese/Spanish restaurant with a nice terrace just one block from the sea promenade.Hours: Daily: 10AM - 11:30PM Fish.

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Cascais Nightlife

  • Happy Daze at Happy hour at Happy Days...

    Cascais is a very beautiful place full of traditional restaurants and very quaint buildings and has an Amazing beach, its so beautiful. We arrived at Cascais by train from Lisbon it only took 35 mins and headed straight to the Baia hotel (very good service) to check in as we were staying there for 3 nights. we then had some local attempt at a light...

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  • Karaoke and disco

    I visited this bar twice during my stay in Cascais, firstly on Saturday night, after the VT meal in Estoril, where we danced into the early hours to 80's music - lots of happy memories! On the Sunday, Gillybob had organised a meal at Al Fresco, (the restaurant above this bar, with views over Cascais Bay) followed by Karaoke in Baluarte. Personally,...

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  • A drink and Koraoke

    The Baluarte Bar is a local bar with a Karaoke room in the rear.Good for night partying. Comes as you are.

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Cascais Transportation

  • BUSCAS

    BUSCAS is a local circle line bus exploited by the Scotturb company.The bus starts from the Cascais train station and circles Cascais in a 15 till 20 minutes ride.The buses depart about every 10 minutes and drive during daytime.A single ride is Euro 0.60 (adult).

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  • Walking between Cascais and Estoril

    Prior to my first visit to the Lisbon region in March 2011, I decided that I would like to visit the nearby seaside towns of Estoril and Cascais.However, I was unsure as to how easy it would be to get from one to the other on foot. Ideally, I was hoping to be able to walk between the towns along the beach or a seafront promenade, but I couldn't...

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  • Trains between Lisbon and Cascais

    I made use of the train between Lisbon and Cascais during my visits to Lisbon in March and December 2011.The following information was correct as at the time of my visits:Trains depart from Lisbon's Cais do Sodre train station, which can easily be reached on the city's green metro line (it's the final stop on the line).Trains to Cascais (which is...

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Cascais Shopping

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  • Cascais Shopping Center

    The Centro Comercial Cascais Villa Shopping Center houses the following:- 90 Shops- Pingo Doce Supermarket- 25 Restaurant; most on the third floor with outside terrace- 5 room Castello Lopes CinemaBusiness hours:Shops: 10AM - 11PMSupermarkt: 9AM - 22PMParking: All day

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  • Market-stands at old town

    There are shopping-stands at the old town.Most are at the far end of pedistrian zone coming from railwaystation.There are many artisans selling their works.We bought some little things there-I just didn´t take a photo of sellers. Very beautyful handmade things.I bought earrings for exaple Quite cheap

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  • Get very good help her when you choose...

    The shop is in the centre of the walking street in Cascais. Here they speak very good English and they are very helpful. They want the customer to be happy and they let you try aslo different kind of things too. They let me try two different kinds of port wine and I did not want, because I plan to buy my port wine in the supermarket. But they...

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Cascais Local Customs

  • Cascais is still a fishing town.

    Despite having evolved in to an upper class neighbourhood the past few decades, Cascais has still kept the fishing business going and it´s something they work hard on keeping and they celebrate the fishermen every year with a festival in august nd the locals are generally proud to still have a functioning fishing community and in my opinion this is...

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  • Churches

    While exploring the old Cascais village you will bump into several churches, besides the 2 well-known Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Assunção and the Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes.

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  • Drink the local wine! Eat Seafood!

    Don't miss the table wine in Portugal. It is "green wine", a white wine that is decanted before it is "ready". therefore it is low in achoholic content and you can drink it like water! The "JUMBO" grocer there had hundreds of brands of this same wine. It is called "Vinho Verde", is served everywhere. Bring home a few bottles. I have only found 2...

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Cascais Warnings and Dangers

  • Dropping Pants

    What became visible at the EuroMeet2009 was the "Dropping Pants" effect.It's known to peak at the night and just makes your pants drop.

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  • The local vagabond

    The local vagabond is well-known, but not welcome everywhere. He can be annoying asking for sigarettes, a drink or more. Just avoid hom.

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  • The Pavements/Sidewalks of CASCAIS

    Travelling around Lisbon and Cascais we were impressed by the use of stone sets with black patterns in many public areas. However, move into an older area like the route down from 25 Abril (we were at the Cidadela Hotel - and good it was too), through the charming old town the condition of the stone sets is appalling. Many stones are loose with...

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Cascais Tourist Traps

  • Do not buy at the first place

    Well, we were strolling around the beautiful streets of Cascais and my friend said to me: I want an ice cream! At the first cafe that we found we looked the prices of the ice creams and HUPS! They were more expensive than usually. Two steps forward we saw another cafe and the prices were just the same price as usually, so we bought there.So, don't...

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  • Touristy

    Cascais and Boca do Inferno are very touristy spots. This nice village becomes overcrowded on weekends as locals from surrounding areas come here to enjoy the views and the sun. So if you're planning to visit, try to do it during weekdays, as it could prove more advantageous to you.

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Cascais Off The Beaten Path

  • Get yourself a Segway

    Tal and I decided to take a "trip", so we went and hired a Segway. This two wheeled vehicle can make some fast time, about 12 kilometers per hour... you get trained for a few minutes at the rental shop (just across the street from O'Neils Irish Pub).The cost is about 20 Euro for an hour, pretty expensive, but it IS FUN.

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  • Guincho beach.

    Guincho beach is a big wide beach that is one of the most trendy hangouts in portugal and the place has a good selection of very nice cafes and restaurants aswell as a good beach.It´s located around 6 kilometers from Cascais and can be reached fairly easy.When i went there i went by bicycle and there is a nice bike path all the way from Cascais to...

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  • Cabo da Roca

    A few miles west of Cascais you come to the westernmost point of continental Europe, the Cabo da Roca, described by the 16th century Portuguese poet Luís de Camões as the place "where the land ends and the sea begins". Here the cliffs rise above the Atlantic Ocean to approximately 140 metres above sea level. A stone monument here is inscribed with...

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Cascais Sports & Outdoors

  • xbike

    well, i´ve seen the bicycles that you mentioned at the seaside, howhever they are very old, rusty, heavy and without gears. disapointing...now there is one store "xbike" in cascais and they have great bicycles and quad/atv for rental.you must see for yourselfxbike @ http://www.xnet.ptenjoy

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  • The King Juan Carlos Cup

    Cascais has always been a favourite haunt of the Spanish royal family. They lived here for a time and this competition, held here annually in March/April, is named after King Juan Carlos. The event consists of a number of International Dragon Class regattas and is a sporting event of major national and international importance.

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  • BICAS

    Why not pick up a free bike from BICAS - Bicycles of Cascais. They have three booths , one by the train station, One along the coast near Casa da Guia and one in front of the Citadel. The municipality of Cascais offers to rent bicycles for free, as part of an initiative to get people to use bicycles rather than cars.Cycle to beautiful Guincho...

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Cascais Favorites

  • A useful web site.

    www.cascais-travel.com is a nice and useful website. Here you can find info on things to see in Cascais; accomodations; means of transportation, restaurants and more.

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  • Cascais revisited 2011

    One of the things that brought me back to Portugal was the wonderful time we had at the VT Cascais Euromeet in 2009. So in 2011, brought Zohara (who missed the meet) back to Portugal and we visited some of the "historic VT sites", like O'Neil's ^O^

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  • The heart of town

    It seems that the City Hall at the Praça 5 Outubro Square is the place where all things come together at Cascais.Around the square you find:-Câmara Municipal de Cascais (City hall)-O'Neill's Irish Pub-Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes church-Hotel Baia -Ribeira Beach and the statue of Dom Pedro I in the middle of it all.BTW There's a letter box at the...

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