Cascais is a busy, cosmopolitan town and resort that attracts many holidaymakers annually. This bustling coastal town is less than twenty miles from the country’s capital city and is a popular choice with those who enjoy sea, sand and sunbathing, owing to its stunning bays and gorgeous beaches. Formally a fishing village, this picturesque town blends its historical roots with contemporary life. The town is quite the cultural hotspot, home to many historical buildings and fantastic architecture. There’s plenty for the modern holidaymaker too. The town centre has excellent shops, markets and a vibrant nightlife. Visitors will find a range of water sport opportunities on Cascais’ three beaches. Surfers should try Praia do Guincho where the World Surfing Championships have been hosted.
A hatchback is perfect for driving in urban centres and typically fuel-efficient for long-distance driving should you choose to visit the capital city of Lisbon for a day.
Driving in Cascais
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Important things to note
There are some toll roads in operation around the city – avoid driving in the green lanes on toll motorways as these are for drivers using the automated payment system only.
There aren’t many parking facilities in the town centre, so it’s recommended to park on the outskirts and catch the minibus into town.
Most of the main sights in Cascais are within short walking distance of one another. If parking nearby, it’s possible to see them all in a day.
Highlights & Hotspots
One of Cascais’ most popular cultural attractions is the fantastic Museu Condes de Castro. This beautiful building is situated in a stunning location by the sea and is home to a range of cultural artefacts and art work as well as an impressive library.
The town offers a wide range of activities from cycling to water sports. Sailing enthusiasts should head to the marina where you can hire a vessel for a leisurely sail around the bay. The beaches also offer a variety of water sports activities including surfing and windsurfing, particularly at Praia do Guincho.
Escape to a peaceful green space and enjoy an afternoon picnic in the Parque Marechal Carmona. This impressive park is home to numerous stunning gardens and adventure playgrounds for children. It’s the ideal place to spend an afternoon with the family or to enjoy a romantic stroll with a loved one.
Foodies should seize the opportunity to visit the regular markets, where farmers and local vendors sell fresh local produce. There’s also a large fish market selling fresh fish that has been caught the same day.
The nearest airport to Cascais is Lisbon Portela Airport which is located approximately 22 miles from Cascais and is accessible via the A5 motorway.
Lisbon Portela Airport is one of the busiest in Portugal and traffic leading to and from it can be heavy at times. It serves destinations throughout Europe and other continents such as Africa and South America.