Top attractions in Cascais
7 things to do in Cascais
Lush natural greenery and sandy beaches await you in Cascais. A seaside town, Cascais has a whole host of fun waiting for you. Make sure you visit the best it has to offer!
1. Boca do Inferno
Hike to the Boca do Inferno from the city, it's a scenic 1-mile trek. Once you're at the cliff's edges take in the salty spray of the ocean, and the spectacular views.
2. Ribeira Beach
Not too far from the city center, the Ribeira Beach is great for families. You'll find lots of shops and restaurants nearby and fine, golden sand under your toes. Enjoy the cool water after you sun yourself!
3. Santa Marta Lighthouse
Learn more about lighthouses and the history of the Santa Marta Lighthouse when you visit the 25 meter structure. You'll find a museum inside that explores technical aspects of the optics involved in lighthouses.
4. Castro Guimaraes Museum
Enjoy the private art collection of Jorge O'Neil presented in the Castro Guimaraes Museum. The building's architecture features a mixture of stylistic elements that embrace aspects of Portuguese and Arabic cultures.
5. Monumental de Cascais
Go on a Monumental de Cascais--also known as a tour of the city. Book yourself a tour guide and get lost on a green hike through town as you learn all about the history of Cascais.
6. Sintra-Cascais Natural Park
Protected since the early 1980s, the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park is a stunning landscape to behold. While you explore, stop by the Pena Palace for panoramic views, and then afterwards head to Guincho beach to surround yourself with ocean.
7. Cascais to Sintra Trip
Nature aficionados will appreciate the day trip to Sintra. Wander through leafy trails and explore nooks and crannies of the local caves. When you're done hiking around, grab a relaxing drink as you watch the sunset over the beach.
Planning Your Visit
How to get around Cascais?
With so much natural beauty around, one of the best ways to get around Cascais is certainly on foot. Plus the town is small enough to be traversed on foot and by bike. There is a public transportation system that is roomy and even air-conditioned, should you want to take a train or a bus.
What to eat in Cascais?
While you're sightseeing in Cascais you must sample the best of the local cuisine--fresh seafood. The coastal town is known for having some of the best shrimp, crab, lobster, fish, and even barnacle. Delight your taste buds!
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- Best time to visit
- The best time to visit Cascais is from spring to fall. The weather warms up and the charming small coastal town is the perfect spot for a beach vacation away from the stresses of routine.
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What people are saying about Cascais
I didn't have enough time to go around Lisbon, so I decided to take this tour, and it became the hallmark of my whole trip! Maria (my tour guide) was very knowledgeable with a huge amount of interesting facts about the sites we have been too and an extremely nice personality that made me feel like I am on a trip with an amazing friend instead of just a tour guide. I can definitely say she is the best tour guide I have ever met. She also gave advices on the types things I can eat/drink in the Sintra village, and I must say she definitely knows what will get you to lick your fingers! The sights selection is awesome, especially Pena Palace and Cabo Da Roca. If you are in Lisbon and you haven't seen these places yet, booking this tour is definitely the most important thing you should do.
This experience is a must do for all, especially those that love history and picturesque views and architecture! We had Andrè Feldman as our guide, who is extremely knowledgeable in all areas, but more importantly, is super fun to be around! He definitely got a thumbs up from all of us that were on the tour! And as a added bonus, got some great snaps of us that he then sent to our WhatsApp after the tour, that's definitely going the extra mile for his customers! The tour was so chilled and relaxed, that we just had so much fun with it and felt zero stress!
This was a great tour and really good to give you a glimpse of places outside of Lisbon. It was worth the early start to see Sintra before it gets too busy. Our guide, Reneta was very knowledgeable and friendly and was really easy-going. We could ask questions and chat as well as have the formal tour. It was well paced and enough time was given in each of the places visited although a little more time in Cascais may have been nice.
Maria was really the best of the best, I enjoyed this day trip and Maria was making sure that we were entertained and The Pena palace and the history of it was interesting and knowledgeable. I am glad I went to this tour as I have learned so much that day. Thank you so much Maria.
José is an excellent guide! Very knowledgeable and full of energy. Sintra is really nice and we booked a short trip because the weather was turning bad for the afternoon. Would've totally spent 1-2h longer to visit monuments inside. Next time!