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Top Choice Cafe in Cascais

Café Galeria House of Wonders

This fantastically whimsical, Dutch-owned cafe is tucked away in the old quarter. Its astonishingly good Middle Eastern/Mediterranean vegetarian meze buffet downstairs includes a hot-dish add-on for €9.95 (aubergine…
Top Choice Portuguese in Cascais

Bar do Guincho

Sweeping the awards for most dramatic location in Cascais, this good-time bar/restaurant sits tucked behind a craggy ridge on the northern end of Guincho. From the sand, you would never know it's there, but it is – …
Museum in Cascais

Palácio da Cidadela de Cascais

Commissioned as a summer palace in 1870 by King Dom Luís I, this captivating museum remains the official residence of visiting heads of state in Portugal. When Putin isn't present, it's yours for the touring. Contem…
Viewpoint in Cascais

Duna da Cresmina

Built in 2013, this nature interpretation centre was built to educate (and protect) the fragile flora and fauna of the coastal dune system around Guincho. To lure folks in, they built a cafe serving excellent crêpes…
Portuguese in Cascais

Páteo do Petisco

To escape the high prices and tourist masses in the old town, head out to this local favourite in the Torre neighbourhood. It's a buzzing place, with a friendly, tavern-like vibe and good-value Portuguese-style tapa…
Fortress in Cascais

Cidadela de Cascais

The citadel is where the royal family used to spend the summer. Today it houses a luxury hotel – the Pestana Cidadela Cascais – a courtyard restaurant, bookshop, art gallery, chapel and the Palácio da Cidadela de Ca…
Bar in Cascais

Crow Bar

Sitting unsuspectingly above one the most atmospheric and touristy streets in Cascais is this alternative drinking den, a tatted-up dive bar with a rock and roll attitude, mead on draught and Motörhead vodka. No sea…
Museum in Cascais

Museu Condes de Castro Guimarães

This whimsical early-19th-century mansion, complete with castle turrets and Arabic cloister, sits in the grounds of the Parque Marechal Carmona.
Museum in Cascais

Casa das Histórias Paula Rego

The Casa das Histórias Paula Rego showcases the disturbing, highly evocative paintings of Portugal’s finest living artist. Biannually changing exhibits span Rego’s career, from early work with collage in the 1950s t…
Viewpoint in Cascais

Boca do Inferno

Atlantic waves pummel craggy Boca do Inferno (Mouth of Hell), 2km west of Cascais. It's about a 20-minute walk along the coast, or you can catch the BusCas (427) from Cascais station (€1, every 10 to 15 minutes). Ex…