Experience coast, city and countryside with holidays to Cascais
Holidays to Cascais: from royalty to modern explorers
It's no surprise that this picturesque seaside city on the Estoril Coast – within easy reach of Lisbon – was once the holiday retreat of the Portuguese royal family. Cascais has many charms for the more discerning holidaymakers and is considered to be one of the most affluent parts of Portugal. The perfect coastal location means mesmerising blue seascapes, gorgeous beaches, a smart new marina and palatial waterside homes. However, it has so much more to offer than the magnificent coast, as Cascais is a cosmopolitan and interesting city, situated within the protected Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. This means you have large amounts of unspoiled countryside all around you when you book your holidays to Cascais.
For many of the sophisticated tourists who return regularly, it is the coastal wonders that draw them back to Cascais. Guincho Beach, to the north, is not just a wonderful place to relax. It is popular with both surfers and windsurfers. The waves are so magnificent that it once hosted the World Surfing Championships. Your holiday to Cascais should also include a visit to Boca do Inferno, which is less intimidating than its translated name, which means “mouth to hell”. This ocean-carved cave creates awe-inspiring sounds as the waves crash in. Or, you could visit the 19th-century Lighthouse Museu de Santa Marta.
Enticing range of culture, heritage and entertainment
If you fancy a break from the lovely Cascais beach and sea views, why not wander to see the old town’s ancient castle ruins or browse around the fascinating museums. This includes the World Press Cartoon Museum, housing an internationally significant collection of graphic humour. Or visit the Paula Rego Museum to see the whimsical and ethnically significant work of one of Portugal’s most respected artists. You also have a chance to browse the Condes de Castro Guimarães Museum, with its incredible collection of Indo-Portuguese artwork. If you prefer to remain outdoors as much as possible on your holiday to Cascais, then explore the Parque Marechal Carmona. This is a park of unparalleled splendour, with wide tree-lined walks, lakes, children’s play areas and beautiful backdrops for picnics in the Portuguese sunshine. This is also where you will find the interesting Municipal Library of Children and on Saturdays the Cascais Biological Market of Cascais.
Leisurely days and relaxing evenings
Holidays to Cascais offer plenty of attractions to draw you away from the beach, including exploring its maze of winding alleys and lanes. Around every corner you will find friendly cafes, beautiful gardens and boutique shops. Or you could head straight for Frederico Arouca Street and its quirky stalls, or Casa da Guia which is a former 18th-century seafront mansion, converted into lovely shops and cafés. If exploring puts you in need of refreshment, then you will be spoilt for choice. It is particularly recommended that you visit the Luis de Camões Square with its wide choice of places to dine including excellent local seafood and the best of both Portuguese and Italian traditional cuisine. There are also bars and clubs to relax in or head down to the marina, to dance the night away in the clubs around there.
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