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Just 16 kilometres (10 mi) south of Sintra and 24 kilometres (15 mi) west of Lisbon lies the beloved coastal retreat of Cascais. Boasting a plethora of sports and recreational facilities, vibrant shops, and enticing restaurants, Cascais captivates visitors with its charm. With excellent transport connections, Cascais serves as an ideal day-trip destination or a convenient holiday base. Let MADABOUTSINTRA.COM be your ultimate guide to unlocking the full potential of your Cascais experience. Explore our essential recommendations on accommodation, dining options, must-see attractions, and noteworthy activities. Enjoy peace of mind when booking hotels with our complimentary cancellation options. Additionally, consider our curated selection of organised tours to enhance your journey with convenience or add a touch of adventure.

Cascais epitomises relaxation, offering something for everyone. Nestled along the Costa Estoril, the Serra de Sintra provides shelter from Atlantic winds, maintaining pleasant temperatures and calm seas. Once a humble fishing village, Cascais retains its authentic allure with quaint narrow streets, diverse eateries, and a cosmopolitan ambience. Its beaches cater to sun-seekers of all ages, while the marina beckons sailors, and the Atlantic waves attract surf enthusiasts. Indulge in fresh catch-of-the-day dishes at local restaurants, peruse charming shops for souvenirs, and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Cascais's old town.


Praça 5 de Outubro

Praça 5 de Outubro - Cascais

Largo Luís de Camões

Largo Luís de Camões - Cascais

Cascais has a rich history dating back to Roman times, with recent archaeological discoveries revealing a villa from the second century AD in the Guincho dunes. The town gained prominence in the 12th century as a vital supplier to the neighbouring town of Sintra. Its economic prosperity soared in the 13th century through trade in wine, olive oil, fish, cereals, fruit, and seafood. By the 15th century, Cascais played a strategic role in Lisbon's defence, leading to the construction of its initial fortifications under Dom João II around 1488. Subsequent enhancements were made during the Napoleonic wars. In the late 19th century, Dom Luís II transformed the citadel into his summer retreat, cementing Cascais's status as a sought-after holiday destination. Despite its evolution into a cosmopolitan resort, Cascais retains its fishing heritage. Daily catches are still sold at the square near the harbour, where colourful boats sway gently at the jetties and fishermen mend their nets on the quayside.


Facing Fishermen's Beach (Praia dos Pescadores), this picturesque square hosts the well-preserved 18th-century town hall (Camera Municipal), which miraculously survived the destructive earthquake of 1755. Adorned with Azulejos tiles and fluttering national and provincial flags, the main portal welcomes visitors. A statue of King Dom Pedro IV graces the square, while its pavement showcases exquisite Portuguese mosaic paving (Calçada Portuguesa), creating the illusion of undulating waves—a striking sight, especially after a visit to O'Neil's Irish Pub.


The Largo Luís de Camões Square bustles with activity during lunchtime and evenings, offering an array of restaurants and bars. While never excessively noisy, the square exudes a lively ambience at night, with patrons enjoying the outdoor canopies. At its heart stands a statue of Luís de Camões, Portugal's eminent poet often likened to Shakespeare. Many establishments in the square provide convenient access to Alameda dos Combatentes da Grande Guerra Street on the opposite side.


Connecting from Combatentes da Grande Guerra street, Rua Frederico Arouca, formerly known as 'Rua Direita,' serves as Cascais's bustling commercial artery. This pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare teems with boutiques, amiable street vendors, diverse shops, and inviting restaurants. For visitors arriving by train, Rua Frederico Arouca often serves as the gateway to the town centre.


Discover Cascais's charming beaches conveniently situated near the town centre. Facing Praça 5 de Outubro is Praia do Pescador, also known as Praia do Ribeira, flanked by historical buildings. While popular among local fishermen, swimming here can be challenging. Nonetheless, it's perfect for sunbathing and leisurely people-watching.

Further along the seafront lies Praia da Rainha, named for its past popularity with Portuguese royalty. Accessible via steps, it retains a sense of exclusivity, with mansions overlooking the beach from the cliffs above.

Continuing eastward, you'll find the twin beaches of Praia da Conceição and Praia da Duquesa, connected at low tide. Both offer excellent amenities such as bars, shops, and restaurants along a scenic walkway. Indulge in freshly caught fish at the beachside restaurants, perfect for lunch or a romantic sunset dinner.

These beaches boast excellent water conditions, attracting enthusiasts of sailing, fishing, and windsurfing. Praia da Duquesa, named after the nearby Palace of Palmela's Dukes, is particularly renowned for its crystal-clear waters, making it a preferred spot for divers.


Praia da Rainha - Cascais


Santa Maria Lighthouse

Santa Marta Lighthouse

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Perched majestically atop the Santa Marta Cape in Cascais, the Santa Marta Lighthouse stands as a timeless sentinel overlooking the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. With a history dating back to 1868, this iconic beacon has guided sailors safely along the rugged Portuguese coastline for over a century.

The Santa Marta Lighthouse, also known as Farol de Santa Marta, is renowned for its picturesque setting and striking architectural design. Its elegant tower, adorned with distinctive blue and white stripes, rises gracefully against the backdrop of the azure sea, creating a captivating sight for visitors.

Venturing inside, visitors are treated to a journey through maritime history, as guided tours offer insights into the lighthouse's role in safeguarding seafarers and the evolution of navigation technology over the years. From the lantern room, panoramic views of the coastline unfold, providing a breathtaking perspective of Cascais's rugged beauty.

Beyond its practical function, the Santa Marta Lighthouse serves as a cultural landmark, hosting exhibitions, events, and educational programmes that celebrate its rich heritage. Whether admiring its architectural grandeur or immersing oneself in its maritime legacy, a visit to the Santa Marta Lighthouse promises an unforgettable experience in Cascais. Entrance is free and the lighthouse is ideally situated as a stop-off point on the way to the Boca de Inferno.

High Season: Tuesday - Sunday: 10h00 – 19h00 | Low Season Tuesday-Sunday: 10h00 – 18h00
Monday: CLOSED

Rua do Farol de Santa Marta - 2750-341 Cascais, Portugal.
38° 41' 24" N | 09° 25' 18" W
+351 214 815 382 |


Marechal Carmona Park also referred to as Gandarinha Park, stands out as one of the area's most expansive and picturesque green spaces, conveniently located near Cascais' historic heart. Established in 1940, the park amalgamates the former gardens of Palace Condes de Castro Guimarães and the estate of Viscount da Gandarinha. Boasting towering exotic trees, verdant lawns, serene ponds teeming with terrapins, playgrounds, flower beds, and art installations, Marechal Carmona Park offers a plethora of attractions.

Families with young children can delight in the park's mini-zoo, while shaded areas and designated picnic spots provide welcome relief from the sun's midday rays. Whether strolling through the lush greenery, admiring the diverse flora, or enjoying recreational activities, visitors to Marechal Carmona Park are treated to a harmonious blend of natural beauty and artistic expression. Explore this urban oasis and immerse yourself in its tranquil ambience and scenic brilliance, just moments away from Cascais' historic treasures.

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

Parque do Marechal Carmona

Parque do Marechal Carmona


>Sintra, Cascáis, Estoril & Belem Small Group Tour

Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cascais & Estoril Tour

Sintra leaves most visitors with a mystical enchantment. Its magical palaces, forests, Moorish castle and UNESCO World Heritage site town centre are like a page from a fairy tale. You will start with a little walk through the mysterious Pena Park and discover secret caves and trails.

Afterwards, you will visit National Pena Palace before heading to the historic centre of Sintra, where you’ll have free time to explore and to visit National Sintra Palace. After lunch, you will drive through the natural wonders of Sintra Natural Park, stopping at Cabo da Roca – the westernmost point of Continental Europe. Next, you will take you for a scenic drive along the Atlantic coast; you will stop at the Guincho Beach before passing Boca do Inferno. Finally, enjoy a leisurely walk along the bay in the glamorous town of Cascais. Lisbon pick-up.

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Romantic Sintra, Cabo da Roca & Cascais - per person

Romantic Sintra, Cabo da Roca & Cascais

This is your essential private tour. Discover the highlights of Sintra, the old town, Pena Palace, Moorish Castle, National Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, Seteais Palace and Monserrate Palace. Then we will continue through the vineyard region of Colares to Cabo da Roca, Cascais coastal road, Guincho, Boca do Inferno and ending in Cascais. You will be provided with historical and local information and learn about the places you will visit. The tour will take around seven hours and it includes stops for two monuments and for sightseeing, the old town, Cabo da Roca, Boca do Inferno and Cascais. The tour is for private groups of one to eight people. Monument fees and lunch are not included. The pick-up and drop-off can be in Sintra or Cascais or Oeiras or Lisbon.

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Cascais Private Sailing 2h Cruise with drinks

Cascais Private Sailing 2h Cruise with drinks

During the two-hour sailing cruise in Cascais with drinks, you will begin your cruise from Cascais and enjoy the beautiful coastline aboard a new sailboat. Cascais Bay, with the picturesque fishing boats, the beaches, the old forts along the shore and the magnificent views of Sintra makes this tour an unforgettable experience. The sun setting on the horizon is the cherry on top of this amazing "cake". Come and see for yourself.

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Museum Condes de Castro Guimarães

Museum Condes de Castro Guimarães

Dating back to the early 19th century, this structure was spearheaded by the aristocrat Jorge O'Neil, boasting a blend of architectural styles characterised by castle turrets and an Arabic cloister. In 1910, the property changed hands to the Condes de Castro Guimarães, who adorned it with a diverse collection of artworks, including a remarkable neo-gothic organ. Despite the Count's brief tenure—he passed away in 1927—he foresaw the building's legacy and generously bequeathed it to the Municipality of Cascais. Subsequently, in 1931, the estate and its library were ceremoniously opened to the public, allowing visitors to marvel at its architectural marvels and artistic treasures. | Tuesday - Friday: 10h00 – 18h00, Weekends: 10h00 - 13h00/14h00 - 18h00, Monday: CLOSED

Adult: €5.00, Concessionary: €3.50
Avenida Rei Humberto II de Itália, Parque Marechal Camona 2750-319 Cascais, Portugal.
38° 41' 31.3"N | 09° 25' 18.2"W | +351 214 815 308 | | Website

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The Cidela, dating back to the 16th century, forms part of a strategic network of fortresses lining the Tagus estuary, safeguarding the Bay of Cascais and Lisbon. Comprising a central park and four edifices—Santa Catarina (or Royal Palace), São Pedro, Santo António, and the São Luís Hospital—the site's history intertwines with Portuguese royalty. King Dom Luís transformed it into his private summer retreat in the 19th century. Since 1910, the Palace of the Citadel of Cascais has served as the President's seasonal abode, steeped in regal legacy.

In a bid to preserve its historical charm, the Palace underwent extensive renovations, including the restoration of the Chapel and outdoor areas. Subsequently, in November 2011, the Palace opened its doors to the public, offering a captivating glimpse into its illustrious past and architectural splendor. Explore the corridors where kings once walked and immerse yourself in the opulence of bygone eras as you discover the rich heritage of the Citadel of Cascais. | Wednesday - Friday: 11h00 – 17h00, Saturday: 10h00 – 18h00, Sunday: 14h00 – 18h00

Adult: €5.00, Concessionary: €3.50
Palácio da Cidadela de Cascais, Passeio D. Maria Pia 2750-429 Cascais, Portugal.
38° 41' 37.5"N | 09° 25' 10.4"W |

Cascais Cidela

Cascais Cidela


Boca do Inferno

Boca do Inferno

A leisurely thirty-minute stroll or a short bike ride westward along the scenic coast from the heart of Cascais unveils the intriguing Boca do Inferno (Hell's Mouth). This awe-inspiring geological wonder, sculpted by the relentless forces of the Atlantic, features towering cliffs standing 15-20 metres (50-65 ft) tall. Here, colossal waves relentlessly crash into caverns, generating majestic sprays of seawater and an eerie resonance that may have inspired the site's ominous name.

Notably, Boca do Inferno holds a curious footnote in history, as it served as the stage for a peculiar event involving the renowned English occultist Aleister Crowley and local poet Fernando Pessoa. In 1930, Crowley purportedly orchestrated his own demise here, with a plaque commemorating the event with a poignant inscription.

Visitors can navigate pathways descending the cliffside, offering captivating views from both vantage points. En route, a charming market offers a selection of trinkets and indigenous crafts, while nearby establishments like the Café do Inferno beckon with refreshments and delectable meals, providing the perfect respite amidst the rugged beauty of Boca do Inferno. | 38º 41' 29.8" N | 09º 25' 49." W


Farol Hotel

Farol Hotel ★★★★

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

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Hotel Baia

Hotel Baia ★★★

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.

Casa da Pergola, Avenida Valbom, 13, Cascais, 2750 508, Portugal.
38º 41' 58.8" N | 09º 25' 10" W

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Pergola Boutique Hotel

Pergola Boutique Hotel

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

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O Pescador

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
+351 214 832 054 | | Website | Facebook

Porto de Santa Maria

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
+351 214 879 450 | | Website | Facebook


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
+351 214 820 776 | | Website

Only 21.6 miles (34.7km) west of Lisbon Portela Airport Website


From Lisbon join the A5 west.
Latitude - 38º 41' 49.1" | Longitude - 09º 25' 13.9"


Urban train services (comboios urbanos) to Cascais:
• Cascais/Cais do Sodré line Timetable

Trains of Portugal Website

• Carris Metropolitana buses #1623 & 1624 leave Sintra train station to Cascais: Carris Metropolitana Website