Some of the towns most appealing features are its series of beaches so conveniently located close to the centre. Situated in front of the Praça 5 de Outubro is the Praia do Pescador, also known as the Praia do Ribeira, this beach is skirted by historical buildings and offers impressive views both of the sea and town. Its popularity with local fishermen makes swimming here a bit precarious however it's ideal for sunbathers wishing to take in the scenery and people-watch at a leisurely pace. East along the seafront lies the Praia da Rainha so-called because of its popularity with Portugal's royalty in times past. Accessed via steps it maintains the feeling of a private beach, still overlooked on the cliffs above by the mansions of Portugal's former elite.
Further east still are the twin beaches of Praia da Conceição and Praia da Duquesa conjoined at low tide. Both have great facilities such as bars, shops and restaurants along a walkway which connects the two beaches. The restaurants here, many serving freshly caught fish, make an idyllic spot for lunch or a sunset dinner. The excellent water conditions at both beaches make them popular places for sailing, fishing and windsurfing. The crystal waters of Praia da Duquesa, named after the Palace of Palmela's Dukes overlooking its shores, is particularly favoured by divers and the beach is host to a diving school.
The hub of activity at lunchtimes and evenings can be found at the Largo Luís de Camões Square. With its concentration of restaurants and bars, the small square doesn't get rowdy however there's usually a cheerful atmosphere night times under the canopies outside. In the centre of the square is the statue of Luís de Camões himself, widely considered to be Portugal's greatest poet, often compared to Shakespeare. Many of the establishments here have joint entrances to the Alameda dos Combatentes da Grande Guerra Street on the opposite side.
Leading off from the Combatentes da Grande Guerra street the Rua Frederico Arouca, better known by its old name the 'Rua Direita' is a pedestrianised street full of boutiques, friendly street vendors, shops and restaurants. When arriving by train this street is often the route taken into the centre of town.
One of the most extensive and beautiful gardens of the region, the Marechal Carmona Park, also known as Gandarinha Park, is ideally situated close to the historic centre of Cascais. The park opened to the public in 1940 and incorporates the two former gardens of the Palace Condes de Castro Guimarães and the viscount da Gandarinha's property. The park contains many tall exotic trees, luscious lawns, terrapin filled ponds, play areas, flowers beds, shrubberies and various sculptural public art pieces. Its mini-zoo is a delight for the little ones whilst its shaded areas and picnic spots make an ideal respite from the midday day sun.
High Season: Daily: 08h30 – 19h45 | Low Season Daily: 08h30 – 17h45
Praceta Domingos D'Avillez, 2750-475, Cascais, Portugal.
38° 41' 34.9" N | 09° 25' 22.1" W
Situated in a picturesque area with a breathtaking view over the Atlantic, five minutes walk out of Cascais town, close to Cascais Fortress and Gandarinha Municipal Park. Hotel Farol offers thirty-three luxury stylish air-conditioned rooms overlooking the sea and an amazing garden, with a private balcony or terrace. All rooms are equipped with minibars, Cable TV, safes, wireless Internet access; private bathrooms feature a shower and jetted tub, bathrobes and slippers.
Farol Hotel, Av. Rei Humberto II de Italia 7, Cascais, 2750 800, Portugal.
38º 41' 25.2" N | 09º 25' 20" W
Ideally located in the heart of Cascais on the scenic seafront, opposite Praia dos Pescadores (Fisherman's Beach). Hotel Baia offers 113 beautifully renovated rooms, equipped with bathrooms, air-conditioning, 22" flat-screen TV, hairdryer, telephone, HiFi and safe deposit box. Also on offer is a covered swimming pool ideal for all weathers. The Hotel Baia Grill Restaurant and two bars are at your complete disposal, offering local and international cuisines.
Located in the heart of Cascais and surrounded by magnificent gardens, Casa da Pergola has opened its doors as a family guest house in 1985. Manuel Gonçalves and his daughter, Patricia, invite you to plunge into an atmosphere of beauty and hospitality. The house is filled with historical old family pictures and antique furniture. Each room features central heating and air-conditioning, en-suite, hairdryer, free wifi, and telephone. The owners offer various services such as transfer to/from Lisbon airport, private tours, free bikes etc.
Casa da Pergola, Avenida Valbom, 13, Cascais, 2750 508, Portugal.
38º 41' 58.8" N | 09º 25' 10" W
Formerly a traditional fisherman's tavern, situated right in the heart of the Old Town between the sea and the fishmarket, O Pescador Restaurant is as famous for its wine cellar as it is for the delicious fresh seafood it serves. A talented chef prepares light, modern dishes with a delicate touch and a real understanding of flavour. Aided by the fact that, thanks to its marina location, Cascais offers some of the best fish and seafood available, freshly caught in the Atlantic waters offshore, there is a real emphasis on fresh ingredients and good quality which is guaranteed not to leave guests disappointed.
Try the Algarve oysters, full of the flavours of the sea, for a quality start to your meal. Other favourites include carpaccio of tuna and swordfish and octopus. Lobster, freshly handpicked from the lobster tank is a favourite for the main course. Try the red prawns tossed with coriander and thin slices of garlic or, for meat lovers, tenderloin steak in Dijon mustard sauce.
Monday - Saturday: 12h00 - 15h00/19h00 - 23h00, Sunday: CLOSED
10-B Rua das Flores, Cascais, 2750-348, Portugal. | 38º 41' 54" N | 09º 25' 9.1" W
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Perched right at the edge of the dunes of the Guincho beach is the Porto de Santa Maria Restaurant. This restaurant is often described as the "place where the sea and the land meet". The Porto de Santa Maria Restaurant perfectly manages to reflect its geographical location on its delicious menu that combines the very best of freshly caught Atlantic fish and seafood, with meat and poultry dishes inspired by centuries of Portuguese culinary tradition.
Fish is hand-selected daily from the local fish market to ensure the freshest possible ingredients are used. House favourites include the lobster carpaccio starter, a delicately flavoured delight, mussels served either natural or Spanish style, crab and clams served four different ways and grilled tiger prawns. Fish and seafood are priced by the kilo for main courses, giving diners the flexibility to order as much or as little as they like to suit the size of their appetite.
Daily: 12h30 - 15h30/19h30 - 23h30
Estrada do Guincho, 2750-640, Cascais, Portugal. | 38º 43' 28.1" N | 09º 28' 31" W
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Considered by many to be amongst the best Japanese restaurants in Portugal with a capacity for up to 100 diners, the restaurant has a cosy and relaxed atmosphere with modern, neutral décor and comfortable seating, located on the ground floor of the Hotel Cascais Miragem. The perfect spot to enjoy a light sushi lunch or dinner that combines the delicious fresh fish of the Atlantic waters off the shores of Cascais with all the flavours of the Orient.
Tuesday - Sunday: 12h30 - 15h30/19h30 - 24h00
Hotel Cascais Miragem Ground Floor, Av. Marginal 8554, 2754-536 Cascais, Portugal. | 38º 42' 8.4" N | 09º 24' 37.5" W
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|Only 34.7km (21.6 miles) west of Lisbon Portela Airport
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Latitude - 38º 41' 49.1" | Longitude - 09º 25' 13.9"
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|Urban train services (comboios urbanos) to Cascais:
• Cascais/Cais do Sodré line Timetable
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|• Scott URB buses have a number of routes along the Costa do Estoril and SIntra: Scott URB Website