A former fishing village with fine beaches, Cascais became famous as the Royal Family's resort in the late 19th century.

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Avoid the weekends if you like a bit of personal space on the beach!

Of Fish And Men

Cascais was once a charming, quiet fishing village, minding its own business, until the 19th century when it caught the eye of Portugal’s royalty. They declared it their favourite summertime retreat, and of course the rest of the nobility followed suit, from Portugal and further afield too. The two extremes of society co-existing in the village gave rise to its nickname, “The Town of Kings and Fishes.”

The Golden Compass

It’s not hard to see why Lisbon’s rich and beautiful were drawn here. Cascais enjoys almost year-round sun, with a delicious salty sea breeze and the ice-cold water of the Atlantic always there to refresh you. Kilometres of golden coastline wend their way from Lisbon, out of the Tagus estuary and up towards Cascais and its neighbouring town Sintoril. The beaches offer much variety, from tranquil inlets with glassy turquoise waters to craggy cliffs that feel the unremitting pulse of the Atlantic waves.

Big waves and strong winds make this area perfect for surfing, windsurfing and sailing. The world championships of these sports are often held on the beaches nearby. Beyond water sports, cycling is a must-do. Rent some bikes and head for the westernmost part of continental Europe, or to the picturesque Sintra, while cutting through the incredible nature reserves next to the city of Lisbon.


There’s much more to Cascais than simply beaches. Its winding streets will channel you between small museums, manicured gardens and a new marina, and the pedestrianised old town is full of designer boutiques and al fresco fish restaurants. When the sun sinks, bubbling conversation fills the night as people turn to bars for cocktails under the stars, or to clubs to stretch their dancing legs.

Nearby Attractions

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Pena Palace
Standing boldly atop a hill above Sintra, this beautiful palace can be seen all the way from Lisbon on a clear day.
Estoril Coast
Known for its luxurious casinos (including the largest in Europe), this area's glamour and sophistication inspired the first 'Casino Royale.'
The Portugese cousin of Tapas, examples include bifanas (pork sandwiches) and snails (in an herby broth).
Due to its prime location on the coast, Cascais boasts some of the finest clams, shrimp and fish in Iberia.
Cascais Market
Cascais market sells an assortment of local foods including seafood, meats and other Iberian delicacies.
Fountain of the little birds
An Islamic pavilion with a hexagonal footprint topped by a dome, and inside between some benches a fountain with clear water.

Related Tours

Private Day Trip: Sintra, Pena Palace, Cascais and Cabo da Roca
Step into a world of hilltop castles, fairytale palaces, and jaw dropping views of the Atlantic  on this cultural, historical, and visual feast. Just 20 miles from the centre of Lisbon, Sintra is a town in the foothills of Portugal’s Sintra Mountains home to Pena Palace. Cape Roca or Cabo da Roca is the cape which forms the western most point of continental Europe and Cascais is a charming coastal town known for its pretty sandy beaches and busy port. On your private full day tour, you will:

  • Travel in the comfort of the private vehicle and guide from Lisbon
  • Enjoy a fully guided private tour of the Pena Palace, including the Palace interior (Palace and Park tickets included)
  • After free time for lunch in Sintra town, you will enjoy a relaxing afternoon with a drive through Sintra Natural Park.
  • Admire the cliffside views at Cabo da Roca, as you stand on the western-most point of continental Europe. 
  • Enjoy a guided walk through the charming seaside town of Cascais.
  • Hop back in your private transport for an easy transfer back to Lisbon.

Your all-inclusive private excursion led by an experienced local guide starts early with pick up from your hotel in Lisbon to ensure that you avoid the queues and crowds at Pena Palace, which will guarantee you get to visit the interior rooms of the Palace. Today Portugal's most famous attraction, the Pena Palace was built in the 19th century as a summer home for Portuguese royalty. It was built by King Ferdinand II who had a very flamboyant and larger than life taste. It is an adaptation of 16th-century monastery ruins and an imitation of a medieval fortress. The Palace boasts spectacular views over the natural park and Lisbon (on a clear day). 

After your morning tour, enjoy free time for lunch in Sintra town after which you will enjoy a scenic drive through Sintra Natural Park to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Continental Europe, before heading to Cascais a charming coast town home to the medieval Nossa Senhora da Luz Fort and the Citadel Palace, a former royal retreat. On the day of your visit, your guide will give you the option to customise the afternoon part of your tour, either spending a short amount of time in both locations or favouring more time in one of these, if there is an activity you particularly want to do!

The tour ends in Cascais, after which you'll be dropped back off at your hotel in Lisbon.


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