Cascais once a quiet fishing village that has become the booming tourism heart of the coastline close to Lisbon known as the Portuguese Riviera!
Cascais is located on the Estoril coast also known as the Portuguese Riviera and its just 30 KM from Lisbon. It is a charming old fishing town that has become the spot for luxury tourism, beach holidays, active water holidays and nature discoveries.
The town has a lovely small centre with many beaches within walking distance and many pedestrian streets with a large offer of restaurants, bars and designer shops to make any holiday an enjoyable occasion for all.
Cascais is also a favourite spot for surfers from all over the world that visit it for its most western beach, the Guincho beach. A large beach on the west coast that provides perfect conditions for various sports, surfing, kite surfing and fishing, its location is in the Sintra natural park which is a protected natural park between Cascais and Sintra 20km North of Cascais.
Cascais has direct public transport to Lisbon and the other coastal towns of interest, Estoril, Carcavelo and Oeiras and it has a seaside boulevard that stretches from Estoril to Guincho beach.
Cascais has an above-average quantity of 4 and 5-star hotels most overlooking its magnificent coastline. Its also home to some of the most famous Portuguese restaurants, some of which need to be booked months in advance to guarantee a place.
Guincho, the wild west coastline
Other than the great swimming beaches along the Cascais bay, Cascais has a long stretch along the west coast called Guincho. Here the sea is wilder and the beaches are longer. This area is also a natural park and home to many of the natural species and plants that you will find along the Portuguese coast.
For site seeing Guincho offers some nice coastline natural monuments of which the Boca do Inferno (Mouth of hell) is just 1.5 KM from Cascais centre The Boca do Inferno is a small cave caused by the pounding of the waves into the cliff formation. In winter when the tides are most rough it is at its most impressive when the high waves crash into the rocks making a loud sound of thunder. There is a stairway down the cliff to view the cave from different angles.
Some of the best things to do in Cascais other than discovering its many beaches and strolling through its historical commercial shopping centre, marina or parks are SUP paddle surf, Scuba diving try dives and leisure diving, Kart and Quad bike tours, paragliding, bike tours, horseriding, golf, surf and kite surf, sailing, fishing, speed boat tours, wine tasting and workshops for groups, jeep tours.