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Cascais is a charming Portuguese village known for its quality of life, considered in 2016 as the second best city to live, visit and do business in Portugal according to the City Brand Ranking. Cascais is part of the Greater Lisbon district, it is a perfect blend of pure nature and glamor, making it the ideal place to spend an adventurous or family holiday. Cascais has over 300 days of sunshine a year. Cascais is a locality known for its exoticism, romanticism, glamor, charm that transmits to those who live there and visit. It is a village full of history and stories told by people who have lived there for generations, known for sports competitions in various sports, especially Golf, Tennis, Sailing and Regatta, Equestrian or Horse Riding, Surfing, Motorsport – Classic Cars, Sports. and motorcycling. Cascais offers excellent conditions for outdoor sports through the existence of bike paths, hiking and marinas. Cultural activity and cosmopolitanism are hallmarks of this Portuguese village, visible in the various festivals that take place throughout the year, as well as the holding of international events and conferences on the most varied themes, namely the Festas do Mar, the Procession of Our Lady of the Navigators or the Estoril Film Festival. Cascais is considered the Riviera of Portugal, along with Estoril and Sintra.
Cascais is synonymous with high quality healthy lifestyle.
Cascais location and distances
The village of Cascais is separated from Lisbon by 1 motorway and a seafront coastal road with a journey of approximately 20 minutes from Lisbon by car, 45 minutes by train. It is 20 minutes from Sintra and two and a half hours by plane from the main European capitals, namely London, Paris, Madrid or Rome, eight hours and thirty minutes from New York and five hours and thirty minutes from Moscow. Cascais borders Sintra to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the south and to the west and Oeiras to the east. Cascais is located approximately half an hour from Lisbon and Lisbon Humberto Delgado International Airport.
Attractions to visit in Cascais (top 10)
1. Cascais Bay ![(38.696908, -9.420042)]: Cascais Bay has been a haven for ships since the time of the Phoenicians, it is one of the most beautiful spots in the village of Cascais, with various elements along the bay, namely the marina, the beach, palaces and squares. Bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, the bay is surrounded by restaurants, shops, hotels, terraces. The most outstanding buildings in the surroundings of the Cascais bay are the Cascais Town Hall, the Seixas Palace (currently Cascais Captaincy), the Cascais Fish Market and the Hotel Bay, the Fisherman’s Beach. Throughout the year you can watch the traditional fishing boats moored along the bay. Cascais Bay was once the first port to dock before entering Lisbon.
2. Cascais Marina ![(38.692156, -9.419183)]: Located in the bay of Cascais, the marina is a shelter port with a capacity of 650 vessels, being the third largest marina in Portugal. Cascais marina was inaugurated in 1995. Its main nautical services are a 70-ton gantry, a 3-ton crane, a ramp, bottom washes, trailers, dry parking. Cascais marina has hosted international events of major importance at the 2007 ISAF World Sailing Championship or the America’s Cup World Series Cascais 2011.
The Cascais Sailing Club is located next to the marina, with regular events of national and international regattas in the most varied classes, with the largest influx of Optimist, Laser, Dragon, SB20 classes among others.
3. Marechal Carmona Park ![(38.692996, -9.422857)]: Marechal Carmona Park was inaugurated during the 1940s, but has been frequented as a place of entertainment since the 16th century. The park was part of the structure of the Condes Castro Guimarães Palace. It was opened to the public in 1944 and received the official name of Gandarinha Park. Marechal Carmona Park features vast green spaces, large trees, birds, Ribeira dos Mochos, lakes, picnic park, traditional playground, a children’s and youth library, a restaurant, a playground and the Cascais Biological Market. that takes place every Saturday.
4. Casa da Guia ![(38.695611, -9.442950)]: Casa da Guia is an open-air commercial location surrounded by green spaces with seafront terraces, located midway between Boca do Inferno and the Guincho is very popular for spending time, going to restaurants, enjoying the leisure area or hiking sport. Here you can see the greenhouses, the Atlantic Ocean, the Santa Marta Lighthouse, with a panoramic view that extends to Lisbon. Casa da Guia has several restaurant spaces, shops and a Roman amphitheater.
5. Guincho ![(38.732042, -9.472418)]: Guincho is a beach and natural park located north of the village of Cascais, the name Guincho means species of gull (larus ridibundus) common on the coast. Portuguese, white and gray, with brown head in summer. The name of this region probably originates from the abundance of this species of seagulls. Guincho beach is the ideal setting for surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing due to the strong winds that exist throughout the year. Guincho is located between the Serra de Sintra and the village of Cascais, it is the place where important sporting events are held, namely the National Surfing and Bodyboard Championships and the World Surfing Championships. The area is also known for the high quality restaurants it offers, especially the Port of Santa Maria, the Prazeres da Carne or the Furnas do Guincho.
6. Estoril Casino and Gardens ![(38.708095, -9.397044)]: Estoril Casino is the glamorous casino of Avenida Marginal, located halfway from Lisbon and Cascais is one of the oldest casinos in the country. Estoril Casino stands out from the rest for being a major driver of culture, art and entertainment in Portugal. Highlights include the Black and Silver Room with a capacity of approximately one thousand people, a large auditorium for 350 spectators, one of the most prestigious art galleries in the country, a panoramic foyer, roulette games room, blackjack, caribbean stud pocker, French bank, over 700 slot machines and the outdoor gardens.
Estoril Casino Gardens deserve special mention for being a place of great beauty and where numerous cultural and leisure activities take place throughout the year, including European Street Food Festival, Meo Music Kids Festival or Estoril Classic Week*. Estoril Casino Gardens feature various lawns, fountains, trees and lakes.
7. Boca do Inferno ![(38 ° 41 ‘16.79 “, -9 ° 25’ 31.19”)]: Boca do Inferno is a coastal area of natural escarpment located near Cascais, stands out due to the existence of sea caves. Boca do Inferno is a zone of rocks by the Atlantic Ocean that was originated by the erosion of the ocean in the rocks. It is called Boca do Inferno due to sea strength and wind intensity on winter days. In addition to the natural beauty, you can try the gastronomy of Cascais in the local restaurant, or in one of the picnic kiosks. Where once there was a small chapel used by fishermen to pray before going to sea, there is now a small marine life souvenir shop, especially shells and shells.
8. Butterfly ![(38.696277, -9.345895)]: Located in the Quinta de Rana Urban Park is a unique place where you can learn about the life and evolution of butterflies and what are the various species that exist in Cascais
9. Memory Space of Exil: ![(38.703583, -9.396261)]: Memory Space of Exiles is a space that provides the history of the Jewish presence in Estoril and Cascais between 1936 and 1962, located in the Post Office building, in Sao Joao do Estoril. The main collections are related to the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), World War II (1939-1945) and Holocaust, Exiles, Jews and Estado Novo.
10. Museum Quart:
Paula Rego Stories House ![(38.694689, -9.423544)]: Paula Rego Stories House is a building of contemporary architecture designed by architect Eduardo Souto Moura with the aim of promoting and promoting the work of artist Paula Rego, opened in September 2009. The exhibited collection consists of over 620 works. The museum has a shop, an auditorium, an educational service and a cafeteria.
King Dom Carlos Sea Museum ![(38.695250, -9.423163)]: The King Dom Carlos Sea Museum aims to disseminate maritime biodiversity and the environmental problems of the oceans, was inaugurated on June 7th. of 1992 in the building of the former Sporting Club of Cascais. The museum is divided into seven collections:
- Open Ocean (Lives in Motion, Cascais Sea People)
- Navy and Navigation,
- The Shipwreck Route,
- the sea and the origin of life,
- The World of Mollusks,
- Dom Carlos and the Oceanographic Science.
The services offered by Museu do Mar Rei Dom Carlos include a shop, an educational service, a documentation center and an exhibition and conference space.
Gil Vicente Theater ![(38.696344, -9.421547)]: The Gil Vicente Theater opened in 1869. It has a capacity of 273 spectators
Cascais Cultural Center ![(38.693975, -9.421255)]: The Cascais Cultural Center is a space for the dissemination of visual arts and a conference center in Cascais. It was inaugurated on May 15, 2000. The Cascais Cultural Center is part of the former building of the Convent of Nossa Senhora da Piedade which has served as a monastery throughout history, and was the first Portuguese College of Philosophy in the 18th century.
Casa Sommer ![(38.694965, -9.421740)]: This is the location of the Municipal Historical Archive and Cascais Municipal Bookstore since December 7, 2016. Casa Sommer was built by Henrique de Araújo de Sommer (1886-1944) at the end of the 19th century. It is currently the most important example of Cascais neoclassical residential architecture. Casa Sommer was rehabilitated by architect Paula Santos. The highlight is the existence of over 100 backgrounds and collections dating from 1387 to 2016.
Museu da Vi: the Museu da Vila was built with the purpose of spreading the history of Cascais from its foundation to the present. The museum is divided into five thematic areas. The most important pieces are the sandals of the Alapraia Caves, the oldest representation of the village of Cascais and the Manueline foral of 1514.
São Jorge de Oitavos Fort ![(38.699777, -9.468225)]: The São Jorge Oitavos Fort was built between 1642 and 1648 to defend Lisbon and Cascais from Spanish attacks. The museum space is organized in two nuclei:
- the first nucleus tells the story of Cascais sea fortifications and the history of São Jorge Fort;
- The second nucleus deals with the French Invasions and the history of military equipment that existed in this place between 1760.
Casa de Santa Maria ![(38.691278, -9.421444)]: The Casa de Santa Maria was designed by the architect Raúl Lino (1879-1974) in 1902. The Casa de Santa Maria is located in the cove of Santa Maria and near the Santa Maria Lighthouse. This residence was commissioned by banker Jorge O’Neil and was a private residence Maria Teresa O’Neil and Dom António Avillez, José Lino, Raúl Lino and Manuel Ribeiro Espírito Santo Silva. Casa de Santa Maria offers an educational service as a service.
Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum ![(38º 41 ‘25.91’ ‘, 9º 25’ 18.27 ‘)]: is the only musealised lighthouse in Portugal. The Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum opened to the public in 2007 with a project by Francisco and Manuel Aires de Mateus. The museum model is innovative because it combines thematic exhibitions with the function of coastal signaling. The permanent exhibition is divided into two nuclei, a nucleus named Portuguese Lighthouses: Technology and History and another nucleus named Santa Marta, from Forte to Farol and the Faroleiro Craft. The services available in the museum space of the Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum are a shop, an auditorium and an educational service.
Museum of the Counts of Castro Guimarães ![(38º 41 ‘32.24’ ‘, 9º 25’ 18.27 ‘)]: the museum was inaugurated on July 12, 1931 in the old tower of São Sebastião. The main highlights are the cloister, the Dark Room, the Music Room, the Neogothic Room, the Reading Room and the Doctor José de Figueiredo Room. Panoramic views of Cascais Bay, Santa Marta Bay, Marechal Carmona Park, Santa Maria House and Santa Marta Lighthouse
Cascais Citadel Palace ![(38.693982, -9.419194)]: The Cascais Citadel Palace opened to the public on November 23, 2011 following the rehabilitation by architect Pedro Vaz. The Cascais Citadel Palace was the home of the village governor until the arrival of King Dom Luís in 1870. After this date it functioned as a residence of the Portuguese Royal Family who stayed here during the months of September and October. From the establishment of the Republic on October 5, 1910, it was used as the official residence of the Presidency of the Republic, especially by Marshal António Óscar de Fragoso Carmona and Marshal Francisco Higino Craveiro Lopes. After 2004 it has been used by the President of the Republic to receive diplomats and heads of state.
Other attractions to visit in Cascais
Portuguese Music Museum – Casa Verdades Faria ![(38.710046, -9.405377)]: The Portuguese Music Museum was born in 1987 under the name of Portuguese Regional Music Museum. The museum had several stages of growth, namely in 1994 with the donation of the estate of the composer Fernando Lopes Graça and the works of Giacometti. The museum is part of a building built by Jorge O’Neil in 1918 on Monte do Estoril, which he named St. Patrick’s Tower. This same building was purchased by Enrique Mantero Belard and Gertrudes Verdades de Faria in 1942. Gertrudes Verdades de Faria was passionate about art and regularly held social and cultural gatherings and meetings to promote artists and works of art.
Estoril Ocean Pool ![(N 38º 42 ‘6.77’ ‘, W 9º 23’ 52.76 ”)]: This pool was inaugurated in 1953 with the objective of being supplied with water by the ocean Atlantic. Estoril Ocean Pool is located near Tamariz
Cresmina Dune Interpretation Center ![(38.726517, -9.468898)]: The Cresmina Dune Interpretation Center was created to disseminate the fauna and flora of this site. The core includes various activities, including Dunar System Interpretation, Guided walking or virtual guide, Birdwatching, flora identification.
Generations Park ![(38.698313, -9.381186)]: Generations Park is a skatepark located in São Domingos de Rana, offering a range of equipment for sports. The park also has a particularity that is the existence of community gardens.
Santo António da Barra Fort ![(38.698330, -9.384043)]: The Santo António da Barra Fort is a fort built by Philip I of Portugal to defend Lisbon in 1589, located in São João do Estoril is also known as Salazar Fort or Old Fort. Santo António da Barra Fort underwent several renovations and functions over time, especially in 1681 following the Restoration War, between 1762 and 1763 during the Seven Years War, 1889 when it became the post of the Fiscal Guard, 1915 when it was a summer camp at Odivelas Women’s Institute of Education and Work, Salazar’s seasonal residence from 1950 – it was in this fort that the Portuguese dictator died on August 3, 1968. On September 29, 1977 he was classified as a national monument and began to be rehabilitated by the Municipality of Cascais from March 13, 2018
Black Gunpowder Museum
Palmela Park ![(38.703655, -9.412891)]: Palmela Park was built by the Dukes of Palmela in 1870 to hold the Dukes’ parties. The park has large trees, large lawns and a stream and the Ribeira dos Boqueiros. Palmela Park currently offers two main leisure spaces: the Fernando Lopes Graça Auditorium and a space for outdoor sports.
Alapraia Artificial Cav: located approximately 1 km from the Cascais Line inland. The caves are part of a Roman necropolis – the name given to cemeteries during the period of Roman occupation. The Alapraia Artificial Caves were the first cultural space to be classified as a public interest in Cascais in 1942. Four funeral caves and some important objects were discovered, namely limestone votive sandals, ceramic vases, decorated schist plates and polished bone artifacts. These objects can be seen at the Cascais Village Museum.
Pedra do Sal Environmental Interpretation Center ![(38.694284, -9.371872)]: The Interpretation Center was built with the aim of disseminating the natural heritage of this region through various activities, including the Stone Interpretive Trail do Sal with passes through the São Pedro do Estoril Caves I & II, Casamatas Casa do Holofote and House of the World War II Generator, the Filipina Bridge, the Village of Cal Água and Ribeira de Caparide / Manique. Located in São Pedro do Estoril, it stands out for its Atlantic Ocean landscape.
Cabo da Roca: One of the references in Cascais is Cabo da Roca, the most westerly point in Europe. Cabo da Roca is much sought after by nature lovers due to its wild landscape surroundings, escarpment cliffs, panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean, with unique sensations as you watch the Atlantic waves crash on the rocks. From here it is possible to get a panoramic view of the ocean horizon, it is sought by people who like adventure due to the primitive aspect of nature that still exists in the region.
Cascais Town Hall, with approximately 211,000 inhabitants, of which 21,000 are foreign residents, is administratively organized into three parishes:
- Cascais e Estoril
- São Domingos de Rana
Reasons to live in Cascais and Estoril
Cascais is a great attraction for those who wish to live in Portugal due to:
- Mild climat: The climate in Cascais is temperate wet (Csb in Köppen-Geiger climate classification) with dry and temperate summer, and fairly mild winters due to proximity to the sea, southern exposure and protection of the Serra de Sintra to the north. Cascais 265 days without rain, creating a constant outdoor life in the village and surroundings.
- Natural beaut: There is a unique natural beauty due to the great natural diversity as it includes forest, sea and field. The landscape of Cascais is extremely diverse with all kinds of natural beauty, from the white sand dunes of Guincho, to rocks that take various forms due to erosion caused by the force of the sea, as is the case of Boca do Inferno, through a cliff to lose sight, such as Cabo da Roca to a dense forest such as the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park.
- Tranquilit: Cascais is quiet, calm and safe place
- Friendliness of the inhabitant: this is a characteristic that distinguishes people from Cascais, the Cascalenses. The welcome of the people of this village makes everyone, or almost everyone who visits it, have a feeling of tranquility and well being.
- Gastronom: Cascais gastronomy is much appreciated due to the variety, freshness and quality of the food. The highlights are the fresh fish, Carcavelos wine, the bean soup, the chicken soup, the mussel stew, the meat of someone, the sands and walnuts of Cascais.
- Healt: Cascais presents the best health rates in the country at various levels, especially through programs such as the possibility of a family doctor for each inhabitant and Smart Health. The existence of healthcare infrastructures such as Hospital Sant’Ana na Parede, considered the largest orthopedic surgery hospital in the Iberian Peninsula or the Alcoitão Rehabilitation Medicine Center, one of the best rehabilitation centers in the world.
- Educatio: Education stands out with university infrastructures, namely the New School of Business & Economics in Carcavelos with 29 amphitheaters and 33 classrooms and capacity for 4,000 teachers and students, and the Faculty of Medicine of Catholic University. The municipality of Cascais is served with high ranking private schools in Portuguese and international education.
- Mobility and transpor: Cascais City Council has programs to improve citizens’ mobility. Of particular note are MobiCascais and MobiBuscas with over 60 bus lines and the installation of dozens of electric car charging stations throughout the county, and bicycle access for over 38,000 people. The Tires Aerodrome has eight aviation schools. These schools train about 200 pilots per year. Tires Aerodrome is part of the flight between Bragança and Lisbon
- Outdoor sports and leisure space: Cascais presents several projects related to healthy living and sustainability, including the creation of small organic gardens in the municipality.
- Proximity to all the structures needed for everyday lif: It is possible to live in Cascais without the need for your own transportation. Distances are short and service offerings are concentrated with easy access. In Cascais there is a wide range of shops, from seafront restaurants, tradicinal street shopping, to indoor shopping malls and large supermarkets.
- Economy and Innovatio: Projects such as DNA Cascais allowed the creation of over 300 companies, the Cascais Sea Center, the European Innovation Academy, Get in the Ring and Horasis
- Political, cultural and environmental activit: Cascais Council develops projects such as
- The Cascais Underwater Archaeological Charter Project allowed the discovery of a 16th century Indian Career ship;
- The Muralizes Festival of Urban Art: an awareness campaign to end the use of plastic bottles in the Cascais Chamber,
- Cascais Smart City, Estoril Conferences,
- Cascais Gastronomic which includes the participation of Michelin Star Chefs
The surf in Cascais
Cascais is where Surf was born in Portugal. This sporting activity appeared in the mid-1960s. At this time there were practically no surfers in the country, which aroused great curiosity when passing by car in Guincho observe the first surfers of the country. The Cascais Line saw the birth of 30-40% of the national surf champions, namely Ruben Gonzalez four-time champion, José Gregório, Vasco Ribeiro, Maria Abecassis, Patrícia Lopes or Rodrigo Herédia, all outstanding athletes in the practice of surfing in Portugal.
The most popular surfing spots in Cascais are Poça Beach, Guincho, São Pedro do Estoril, São João do Estoril and Carcavelos Beach.
The Cascais shore has excellent natural conditions for surfing due to the possibility of surfing for six months of the year, with prevailing Northwest winds, the existence of 20 to 25 different wave genres, and surf schools, namely: Surf Technique, Cascais Surf School, Guincho Surf School or the Moana Surf School. Cascais has several surfboard manufacturing and surfboard factories, notably Polen Surfboards, Surfactory or Malta Factory, among many others.
The Cascais Line has a great influence on the history of surfing in Portugal with the creation of the first surfing club in Portugal, the Surf Clube de Portugal, with the election of the first president of the Portuguese Surfing Federation, Antero Santos who was born in this region or the launch of Rádio Marginal with the first report of the state of beach weather conditions for surfing in the 1980s.
The golf in Cascais
Cascais offers seven golf courses, most notably Oitavos Dunes golf course, ranked as the first golf course in Portugal and 55th in the ranking of golf courses worldwide according to Golf Magazine, Top 100 Courses in the World. Oitavos Dunes golf course stands out for the beauty of its natural landscape, located between Serra de Sintra and Guincho Beach, and is one of two golf courses in all of Europe designed by Arthur Hills, an American designer from golf courses and the hotel it offers. The course features 18 holes and 71 pairs, the ability to have 60 athletes playing at the same time and a training ground of approximately 5600 m2.
Other golf courses in Cascais:
- Praia d’el Rey golf cours: Opened on June 14, 1997, the Praia d’el Rey golf course has 18 holes and 73 pairs. It was designed by Cabell Robinson. Praia d’el Rey golf course facilities include a clubhouse, a golf shop and a training program for younger players.
- Penha Longa golf cours: integrated in the Penha Longa Hotel & Resort, Penha Longa golf course is considered one of the thirty best courses in Europe. It opened in 1992 and designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. The camp is divided into two smaller camps, the Atlantic Field and the Monastery. The highlight of the Penha Longa golf course is the landscaping of the course with the Sintra Mountains, the Penha Longa Monastery and a Roman bridge providing unique and unforgettable scenery. Penha Longa golf course support facilities include a golf shop, driving range, putting green, chipping green, bar and restaurant.
- Pestana Beloura Golf cours: The course Pestana Beloura Golf course was opened in 1993, has 18 holes and 72 pairs. It was designed by Rocky Roquemore. Pestana Beloura Golf course includes a Clubhouse, changing rooms, golf shop, restaurant, bar, school, putting green, driving range and chipping.
- Lisbon Sports Clu: Located in Serra da Carregira, the Lisbon Sports Club golf course has 18 holes with par 69. The course was opened in 1964 and the club in 1873 named Lisbon Cricket. In 1922 it changed its name to Lisbon Sports Club .The Lisbon Sports Club has available a clubhouse, changing rooms, golf shop, restaurant, bar, school, putting green, driving range and chipping. Highlights include the Scottish countryside-like layout, the constant presence of small wildlife such as rabbits and the existence of numerous streams.
- Golf do Estori: This 18-hole course is part of the Estoril Palace Hotel, Resort & Wellness. Estoril Golf Course was designed by Mackenzie Ross. Facilities include a golf academy, chipping court, golf club, driving range, putting green, golf shop, restaurant, bar, terrace and a swimming pool.
- Quinta da Marinha golf cours: golf course integrated in the Hotel da Quinta da Marinha, the Quinta da Marinha golf course has 18 holes with a par 71. The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones and was opened in 1984. Quinta da Marinha golf course has golf shop, driving range, putting green, training bunker, chipping green, bar and restaurant available.
The beaches of Cascais
The municipality of Cascais has 17 beaches along approximately 25 km of coastline, sought for family outings and rest, surfing, boogie boarding, windsurfing, diving, swimming or boating, among many other activities. It is in Cascais that is located Guincho Beach, one of the most popular beaches for surfing, where it is held the World Championship stages, and also one of the beaches in pure and wild state where you can find a landscape of dunes and verdant mountain range. There is a maritime coastal cycle path and pedestrian walk from Cascais to Guincho, a usual walk for sports and outdoor lovers.
- Praia Grande do Guincho
- Praia da Rainha – Rainha beach is a small beach on the left side of Cascais Bay. It was on the beach chosen by Queen D. Amelia to swim during the royal family stays in Cascais
- Praia da Conceição
- Praia de Santa Marta
- Praia da Ribeira de Cascais
- Praia do Abano (38.741699, -9.472525): a beach located near Guincho, it is very popular for surfing, body boarding, kitesurfing and windsurfing due to strong winds and great winds and curling.
- Praia das Avencas (38.688305, -9.360591): located on the wall, it stands out for its natural beauty due to the existence of cliffs. Avencas Beach was considered a Biophysical Interest Zonein 1998 and was classified as Avencas Marine Protected Area in 2016
- Azarujinha Beach (38.700663, -9.389342): Located in São João do Estoril, it stands out for the amphitheater shape that the erosion of the sea on the rocks created over time. Access tobeach can only be done on foot
- Bafureira Beach (38.692446, -9.366296): Located in São Pedro do Estoril, it stands out by the cliffs and the large staircase that allows access.
- Carcavelos Beach (38.679876, -9.336034): Located in Carcavelos, it offers an extensive sandy beach of over one kilometer. The main highlights are the São Julião da Barra Fort, theseveral surf and bodyboard schools there and a bar / restaurant
- Cresmina Beach (38.725647, -9.476682): a beach located in Guincho, which stands out for its natural beauty and is very popular for surfing.
- Praia da Duquesa (38.700817, -9.414955): Located in the village of Cascais, it is surrounded by restaurants, cafés and terraces.
- Praia das Moitas (38.702041, -9.409215): Located on Monte do Estoril, it is also known as Praia da Rata. The main highlights are the Atlantic swimming pool and the terraces thatmeet along the beach
- Praia da Parede (38.685940, -9.354694): Located in Parede, it is very popular for sunbathing and less water due to the large amount of rocks.next to the beach. During the second half of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century was much sought after due to the therapeutic qualities of waters, especially with regard tobone related diseases.
- Poça Beach (38.702053, -9.391991): located in São João do Estoril between Forte Velho and Forte da Cadaveira. It is a popular beach for surfing.
- Praia da Rainha (38.699140, -9.418169): Located in the center of Cascais, its main highlights are the proximity of the village center and the natural beauty.
- São Pedro do Estoril Beach (38.693706, -9.369494): Located in São Pedro do Estoril, near Ponta do Sal. It stands out for its natural beauty and excellent service infrastructure.support
- Tamariz Beach (38.702911, -9.399909): Located in Estoril, it has excellent access and resource conditions in the surrounding areas. The main support services are changing rooms, restaurants, bars, terraces. Tamariz Beach also has an Atlantic swimming pool.
Transports to and from Cascais
- Cascais Municipal Aerodrome: Aerodrome located in Tires, approximately 20 km from Lisbon. It has a terminal with capacity for 300 people and a runway of 1700 meters long and 30 meters wide. The Aerodrome is also used as an aviation school, as a private jet parking lot, for aircraft maintenance and for aeronautics festivals.
- Cascais Marina: Marina located at 38º 42 ‘N – 09º 25’ W in Cascais, it has a parking capacity for 650 boats, including the Mega Yacht Pontoon, which allows to receive vessels over 36 meters long.
- MobiCascais: This Cascais Town Hall project includes approximately 23 km of bike paths and offers the municipality’s inhabitants the following:
- 1200 bicycles
- 5 bus lines
- 21000 parking spaces
- Trains: Cascais is part of the Cais do Sodré Line, which starts in Lisbon and is approximately 30 km. The Cais do Sodré-Cascais Line runs in about 30 minutes between 6 am and 1 am. The Cascais Train Stations are:
- Carcavelos Train Station
- Parede Train Station
- São Pedro do Estoril Train Station
- São João do Estoril Train Station
- Estoril Train Station
- Monte do Estoril Train Station
- Cascais Train Station
- Bus: Cascais has 38 bus lines from Scotturb. The ones that deserve a highlight are:
- Bus 403: connects to Sintra and Cabo da Roca from Cascais Villa Shopping Center station.
- Bus 417: connects you to Sintra from Cascais Villa Shopping Center station.
- Bus 418: connects you to Sintra from Estoril Train Station.
Educational Institutions in Cascais
- Colégio Amor de Deus
- Colégio Senhora da Boa Nova
- Colégio da Bafureira
- Colégio dona Luísa Sígea
- Colégio Quinta do Lago
- Escola Salesiana de Manique
- Escola Profissional de Teatro de Cascais
- Externato Nossa Senhora do Rosário
- International Christian School of Cascais
- International Preparatory School – EPPI
- Jardim de Infância Vila Bicuda
- Saint Dominic’s International School
- Saint John’s School
- Saint James Primary School
Health Services, Clinics And Hospitals in Cascais
- CADIn: Centro de Apoio ao Desenvolvimento Infantil
- Clínica Baía de Cascais
- Clínica Lev Cascais
- Clínica Medicinas: Clínica Holística Integrativa
- Clínicas Pedro Choi: Medicina Tradicional Chinesa
- Chris FisioDerm Clinic Spa
- Health Club Visconde
- Holmes Place Cascais
- IMI: Imagens Médicas Integradas
- Instituto de Ciência e Saúde: Clínica Poço Novo
- Kangaroo Health Clubs de Cascais
- Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Cascais
- Saúde Integral – Centro de Tratamento e de Recuperação Física Unipessoal lda
- SPA Dramático & Clínica Estética Médica
The restaurants in Cascais
- Gelataria Santini
- Pastelaria Sacolinha
- Restaurante Capricciosa
- Restaurante Cascas
- Restaurante Confraria
- Restaurante O Cantinho da Belinha
- Restaurante Fortaleza do Guincho
- Restaurante Mar do Inferno
- Restaurante Porto de Santa Maria
- Restaurante Redes do Mar
- Restaurante Visconde da Luz
Places to shop in Cascais
- Cascais Shopping
- Cascais Villa
- Dejá Lu
- Loja das Meias
- Rua Direita
Hotels in Cascais
- Estalagem Muchaxo Hotel
- Grande Real Villa Itália Hotel & Spa
- Farol Design Hotel
- Hotel Albatroz
- Hotel Cidadela
- Hotel Pestana Cascais
- Hotel Quinta da Marinha & Villas Resort
- Hotel the Oitavos
- Pousada de Cascais, Fortaleza da Cidadela
- Vila Bicuda Hotel
Fairs, Festivals and Pilgrimages in Cascais
- CSI Longines Global Champions Tour: World Equestrian Event held annually in July
- Procession of Our Lady of Navegantes: Procession that takes place annually in August
- International Culture Festival: Festival held annually in September
- Lumi: Festival of Light: Festival held annually in September
- Marginal A Passo de Corrida: sports event to be held annually in September
- Swim Challenge Bark: the largest open water swimming events in Portugal that take place annually in September
- Billabong Pro Cascais – World Surf Leage: stage of the World Surfing Championships held annually in Cascais
- Cascais Classic Motorshow: held annually in September
Curiosities of Cascais and Estoril
+Cascais was elevated to town 650 years ago in the year 1364
- One of the masons masters who participated in the construction of the Convent of Mafra was Cascalense António Martins
- The first Portuguese philosophy school was created in Cascais in the 18th century.
- Portugal’s first electrical connection was made in the city of Cascais in 1878
- First public soccer challenge was held in Cascais in 1888
- The first live jazz concert in Portugal took place in the summer of 1941 at the Estoril Casino and was attended by the Willie Lewis Orchestra.
- Canadian singer Bryan Adams lived in Cascais between 9 and 12 years old
- Cascais has the only bridge over the Atlantic Ocean, the Santa Marta Bridge
- The inhabitant born in Cascais is called cascalense
- Most surf champions in Portugal were born and raised in Cascais, as is the case with Ruben Gonzalez
- In Cascais there is a unique surf event, the Surf at Night
- The best beaches for surfing are Sao Pedro do Estoril, Monte Estoril, Tamariz, and Guincho
- Figures like Vinicius de Moraes, Thomas Mann, Calouste Gulbenkian, Indira Nehru, Robert Rotschild or Ian Flemming lived in Cascais or EStoril
- Ian Fleming created James Bond while living in Cascais
- It was in Cascais that António Oliveira Salazar died while falling from his chair
- The Cascais Line was the place of origin of urban art in Portugal
In the village of Cascais it is possible to have a peaceful and safe life, at the same time a cosmopolitan and diverse life. Cascais is the third largest municipality in the district of Lisbon with more foreign residents.
- more than five thousand Brazilians,
- over one thousand citizens from the UK,
- more than seven hundred Germans,
- over eight hundred Spanish and
- over eight hundred French.
Cascais is undoubtedly a multicultural village with a lot of outdoor life all year round. Cascais has one of the most expensive real estate markets in the world, with great potential for return on investment, similar to Saint Tropez. The quality of life, the gastronomy, the simplicity and the know how to receive from the inhabitants of Cascais are the main assets of this town. The village of Cascais allows it to be lived on foot, due to the proximity of all infrastructures.
Cascais and Estoril Quick Facts
- Cascais Town Hall is organized in four parishes:
- Carcavelos e Parede,
- Estoril e São Domingos de Rana
- Cascais has a physical area of 97.4 km2 and a maritime area of 119 km2
- Cascais has approximately 211 thousand inhabitants
- Cascais receives over 500,000 tourists a year, most from the UK, Spain and France
- Cascais offers three municipal libraries, 24 school libraries, a mobile library and a digital library.
- Two out of ten people in Cascais were born in other countries.
- Cascais was considered the third best municipal brand in the Tourism, Business and Social Areas
- Cascais offers excellent conditions for the practice of sport, namely through the existence of two bike paths, three mountain bike trails, 67 tennis courts, 14 swimming pools, 4 athletic tracks, 7 maintenance circuits, 6 golf courses, 26 paddle courts , 4 equestrian centers, 4 nautical centers, 1 canoeing space, 6 surf spots and 2 windsurf and kitesurf spots
- São Domingos de Rana has approximately 57 thousand inhabitants and has more inhabitants than 85% of the Portuguese chambers
- Tires Aerodrome is the eighth busiest airport structure in the Iberian Peninsula
- There are more than 100 nationalities living in Cascais, with a total of approximately 23,000 immigrants. Most immigrants living in Cascais are from Brazil, seven thousand, from Romania, two thousand, Cape Verde, 1500, Ukraine, 1400, Guinea-Bissau, 1300, and the United Kingdom, 1100.
Cascais is a town founded approximately 650 years ago. The most important events are:
- Elevation of Cascais the villa by charter of 1364 issued by King Dom Pedro
- The Spanish invasion of 1580 began in Cascais with the arrival of Duke de Alba’s troops.
- Most of the fortresses were built in the 17th century during the reign of Dom John IV.
- Cascais was virtually completely destroyed during the earthquake of November 1, 1755
- Cascais was invaded by Napoleon’s troops
- Cascais was used as a prison for Dom Pedro IV’s supporters during the 19th century Liberal War
- Cascais was a vacation spot for the Royal Portuguese Family and Monarch Court during the second half of the 19th century
- Cascais was the place where the first electric lighting experiment took place.
- Cascais was the site where the first marine biology laboratory was built
- Cascais was the site where the first electric traction lines were built
- Cascais was the pioneer sport ** where the first competitions were held.
- canoe rowing,
- Cascais was the place of refuge for influential families and European celebrities during World War II.
Cascais from Prehistory to the 19th century. XIX
- Cascais has been occupied since prehistory, since Neolithic times, especially in the Guincho, Talaíde and Estoril areas, due to the mild climate and the safety of the bay for fishing. The proof is the Roman remains in São Domingos de Rana and in the very village of Cascais, where a factory complex for salting fish was discovered. Examples of prehistoric occupation are the Poço Velho Caves, Alapraia Caves, São Pedro Caves and the Porto Covo Caves. Cascais was once much sought after by various peoples, including Phoenicians, Romans, Visigoths and Arabs. It was also occupied by the Moors, who founded towns such as Alcabideche and Alcoitão.
- Cascais is the birthplace of Ibn Muqãna in the early 11th century, one of the most famous Arab poets. The village of Cascais was conquered by the Moors by D. Afonso Henriques in 1147. During the second half of the twelfth century, fishermen and farmers lived in Cascais.
- Cascais has been the target of hundreds of pirate attacks throughout history, resulting in King Dom Pedro I (1320-1367) providing the village in the port area with a wall to enhance the defense of the settlement and subsequently elevated the village of Cascais to a town in 1364. Currently there is only a small section of this wall.
- Due to the growth of Cascais with the Age of Discovery, D John II ordered the construction of a defensive tower in 1488.
- King Dom Manuel I (1469-1521) granted Cascais the first charter in 1514. The village of Cascais was invaded by the Duke of Alba (1507-1582) on 30th July 1580 having as its main objective the intention of occupying Portugal. Due to Spain’s occupation of Portugal, Cascais became the target of a series of attacks by Francis Drake in 1587.
- It was in Cascais that the Spanish fleet of 61 galleys landed in 1580 with an army of 23,000 men commanded by the Duke of Alba, who later advanced on Lisbon. The fortress of Cascais was partially razed and was rebuilt after the Spanish occupation by D. João IV. The village of Cascais was almost completely destroyed with the 1755 earthquake.
- After the independence of Portugal in 1640, Dom João IV rebuilt the defenses of the country and, among them, were several of Cascais, including the Guincho Fort, the Gale Battery, the High Battery (current Guincho Hotel), Battery da Cresmina, São Jorge de Oitavos Fort, Santa Marta Fort and Lighthouse, Cascais Citadela, among others that no longer exist.
- Cascais underwent a period of development following the destruction caused by the earthquake of 1 November 1755 through the construction of the Royal Wool Factory of Cascais in 1774, the intensification of the wheat plantation and the cultivation of Carcavelos wine. This economic development was briefly interrupted with the French Invasions of 1807 by General Junot and 1809 by General Massena. By this time, Regiment 19 was known, which was quartered in the Cascais Citadel and which, according to legend, because they were protected by a statue of Saint Anthony, did not have a single defeat in the fight against the French invader. Today it is still possible to visit the statue of Saint Anthony in the Citadel of Cascais.
- In 1859 Cascais began to gain importance due to the construction of the connecting road to Oeiras, allowing to shorten the distance to Lisbon. From 1871 Cascais became the favorite place for the royal family’s summer holidays, due to the improvements of the communication routes and its mild temperatures.
Cascais grew back in the 19th century. XIX due to three main factors:
- The increasing importance of stone extraction activity in the 19th century. XIX, which led to the creation of 26 quarries in 1873. In the 19th century, roads were built linking Cascais with Sintra and Oeiras. The Gil Vicente Theater was inaugurated in 1869, and began the transport in the steam careers to Lisbon and the start of tourism with the officialization of Costa do Sol in 1935.
- Arrival of the Portuguese Royal Family to Cascais that transformed the town into a seaside resort: Cascais gained the status of Court beach in 1867, granted by Dona Maria Pia and renewed by King Dom Luís. Dom Carlos, passionate about studying the sea, transformed Cascais in a large scientific research laboratory in this specific area, and launched twelve campaigns between 1896 and 1907 and where he established the first maritime biology laboratory in Portugal. With the installation of the Portuguese Royal Family, Cascais developed the so-called summer architecture, a mix of architectural styles that can still be seen today through several examples, namely the Dukes of Palmela palace, the Duke of French-style Loulé (current Hotel Albatroz), the residence of the Heredias, who built a palace in the image of the Swiss chalet, or the palace of banker George O’Neil, built with a blend of style Manueline and Gothic (current Museum of the Counts of Castro Guimarães*).
- Construction of the railway that made it possible to establish a link between Lisbon and Cascais: The Cascais Railway began to be built in September 1889 with the opening of the section between Pedrouços and Cascais. The railway then evolved with the launch of the section between Pedrouços and Alcântara-Mar in 1891 and the Cais do Sodré in 1895.
Cascais and Estoril have been places of refuge for noble refugees fleeing persecution since World War II (1939-1945). Among them are the presence of several European royal families, namely Humberto II of Italy, Count of Barcelona, son of Alfonso XIII of Spain, King Carol of Romania, Regent Orti of Hungary or Duke of Windsor of England.
The Armed Forces Movement was created in Cascais at a meeting held on March 5, 1974. This meeting approved the manifesto “The Armed Forces Movement and the Nation” which served as the basis for the April 25, 1974 revolt.
Origin of the Name Cascais
The name Cascais has two possible origins, one version being the singular meaning of the word “cascal”, which means cluster of houses, the second version is related to the presence of an admiral Kax Kax who used the bay of Cascais as an outpost.
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