“Cosmopolitan Cascais.” - Reviewed by Lisa
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- Lisa says: “Loved the glamour and the charm.”
- Miguel says: “Gorgeous beaches, great seafood and fun nightlife.”
- Francisco says: “Engaging, enchanting, delightful, exquisite.”
- Aaron says: “Hip, trendy and family-friendly… a great walking city.”
Time travel back to the 19th and early 20th centuries when this former fishing village rose to become a resort town of regal choosing. The wide esplanade, elegant architecture and general seaside grandiosity all lend the Cascais of nowadays an air of majestic cheerfulness.
Just a quick 15 minutes from Lisbon, at the end of the suburban train line, you find yourself in a charming beach town with bags of recreational pursuits to offer. While Cascais may have been embraced by monarchy and glitterati – and continues to draw a cosmopolitan, jet-set crowd – it has never really strayed too far from its roots. Today, the daily catch is still auctioned in the harbour-side square and colourful boats still bob in the harbour – their owners often found mending nets on the quay. Naturally, you’ll find a healthy variety of quality fish restaurants, as well as a plethora of other types of restaurants nestled alongside chic boutiques, well-heeled hotels and specialty tourist shops selling typical embroidery and lace.
As if all this picturesque charm was not enough – you’ll also come across magnificent beaches, sandy coves with crystalline waters and plenty of water activities. The modern marina is lined with luxury yachts and – to crown it all off – the town comes alive at night with trendy nightclubs and the iconic Cascais casino – one of Europe’s oldest and largest.
- 15 minutes by train from Lisbon
- 35-minute drive to Lisbon
- Water sports: Sailing, boating, swimming, diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, fishing, SUP