10 Reasons to visit Cascais

30 November 2022
10 Reasons to visit Cascais

There are more than 10, but these are the ones that will keep you coming back.

Get to know in detail the weather, the beaches, the royal trio

1st - The Climate

Sun, sun and... even more sunshine. The weather in Cascais is made of Autumns that look like Springs, Winters that look like Autumns, Springs that know the Summer and, of course, Summers that are really Summers, always with heat. Therefore, it is the ideal destination for those who like outdoor programs, enjoy nature and get to know one of the most beautiful counties in the country, always under a mild climate.

2nd - The Beaches

Cascais, on the Portuguese west coast, at the extreme point of Continental Europe, is a bathing area par excellence. On a sea coast of 30 km there are several beaches to choose from, some of wilder features and surrounded by a beautiful scenery of dunes and mountains, others closer to the center of the village and accessible on foot. Whatever the option, in addition to good diving and sunbathing, there are a multitude of water sports that can be practiced.

3rd - The Royal Trio

This is the name of the geographical connection between Cascais, Lisbon and Sintra, the three at a distance of 20 minutes from each other. So, keeping the base in Cascais, and after exploring all the nooks and crannies and enjoying the good wave of the village, it is possible to get in the car and realize why Lisbon is one of the European capitals of the moment and has been walking in the mouths of the world, and still discover the mystical aura of a village loaded with romanticism called Sintra, UNESCO World Heritage Site.

4th - The Agenda

That is, the busy schedule of events that take place every week in Cascais. Be it exhibitions, plays, music festivals, gastronomic festivals, fairs and markets, sports competitions and nautical events - many of them free to enter - the difficult thing is to catch a free day in the calendar of the municipality of Cascais.

5th - The Historic Center

There are the restaurants, bars, shops and traditional commerce, still very present in the village; there is the connection to the sea, the roots of a land (also) of fishermen and the bay from which boats leave every day for the high seas; And then there are the streets and alleys of the center, the fortress, the museums and the gardens. The sum of all the parts makes a very rich, beautiful historic center, with life the agitation of the first rays of the sun until, well, until the sun rises again.

6th - The Golf

Cascais has for decades been a place of choice for golfers from all over the world, awarded the distinction of Golf Destination of the Year (Europe) in 2007 and 2016. There are several fields, all with a different surroundings and designed by renowned architects, sometimes facing the sea, sometimes surrounded by mountains, sometimes in the middle of dunes and pine trees. Each one with its genesis, but all complete and with all the necessary amenities for a good game.

7th - Museum District

Few destinations can boast of having an exclusive museum district. Cascais is proud - and rightly so. It currently has 16 museums, two urban parks and, even better, they can all be visited on foot. The nucleus includes old family houses transformed into museums, palaces that belonged to royalty, buildings designed by Pritzker Prizes and a cultural center with exhibitions always rotating. It's going to be hard to choose where to start.

8th - Mobility

It is true that Cascais is a large municipality, that you need to use the car, the train or the bicycle to go to some distant points in the center and that its magic is also in the quantity - and quality - of offers. But much of what there is to explore can be done with both feet on the ground. Especially when it comes to the epicenter of the village, where there are some beaches and gardens, many restaurants and shops, museums and other attractions. The locals do it, there's no reason to be any different.

9th - Hospitality

The Portuguese are, as a rule, a hospitable people. Resourceful at the time of talking to those who come from outside, proud to show their little paradise by the sea planted. Now, add to this the fact that the Cascaenses live in an idyllic village, surrounded by nature and full of activities for people of all ages, and discover people who really like to receive those who come from outside. Whether it's for a few days, for a season or for the rest of your life.

10th - Nature

Like many neighboring cities of capitals around the world, Cascais continues to be, no matter how much urban development it has, a point of contact with nature. This can be seen not only in the urban gardens, but also in the great Natural Park of Sintra-Cascais, on the beautiful road that connects the Cascais Marina to Guincho Beach, but also in the various beaches. Breathe fresh air? It is in Cascais, without a shadow of a doubt

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