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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.
Castle of the Moors
Built between the 8th and 9th centuries, this military outpost in Sintra played a key role in the Reconquista against Arab rule.
Sintra National Palace
A striking and eclectic mix of architectural styles, this is most likely the best preserved medieval palace in all of Portugal.
Monserrate Palace
The traditional summer resort of the Portuguese Royal Family.
Quinta da Regaleira
This romantic UNESCO World Heritage Site displays the wealth and extravagance of the Portuguese elite.
Estoril Coast
Known for its luxurious casinos (including the largest in Europe), this area's glamour and sophistication inspired the first 'Casino Royale.'

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