Cascais (kush-kaish) has rocketed from sleepy fishing village to much-loved summertime playground of wave-frolicking lisboêtas ever since King Luís I went for a dip in 1870. Its trio of golden bays attracts sun-worshipping holidaymakers, who come to splash in the ice-cold Atlantic. Don’t expect to get much sand to yourself at the weekend, though.
There’s plenty of post-beach life, with winding lanes leading to small museums, cool gardens, a shiny new marina and a pedestrianised old town dotted with designer boutiques and alfresco fish restaurants. After dark, lively bars and clubs fuel the party. Active bods can ride the waves at Praia do Guincho, 9km northwest, or pedal along the palm-fringed coastline to Estoril.
The train station and nearby bus station are about 250m north of the main pedestrianised drag, Rua Frederico Arouca.
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Cascais destination guides
Lisbon Super Saver: Lisbon Sightseeing Tour and Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Coast Day Trip
Combine a morning sightseeing tour of Lisbon with an afternoon exploring the Estoril Coast, Cascais and the romantic mountainous region of Sintra.
Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Coast Half-Day Trip from Lisbon
Discover the natural beauty of Portugal on a relaxing afternoon tour from Lisbon. Travel to Estoril, Cascais Bay and Hell's Mouth (Boca do Inferno), and take in views of the Atlantic Ocean on the drive along the Portuguese coast.