Live Adventure Travel contains affiliate links and is a member of the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. If you make a purchase using one of these Amazon links, I may receive compensation at no extra cost to you. See my Disclosure Policy for more information.


Things to do in Cascais Portugal – Europe’s Fairytale Destination

Cascais is a charming coastal town located just a 40-minute train journey from the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. It is home to aesthetically designed cobbled streets, beautiful promenades, coastal cycle routes, and it’s the gateway to the most western point of Europe, Cabo da Roca.

It is the perfect place to stay for those looking to explore Lisbon and it’s extended area’s without having to sleep within hustle and bustle of the city. Somewhere you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the breathtaking scenery.

There are many things to do in Cascais, with something for all styles of travellers. I have had the opportunity to visit on a number of occasions, from spending a few days exploring to taking short day trips from Lisbon to escape the city. And today, I want to pass on some of my findings to you, show you Cascais through my eyes, in this post, we are going to take a look at the best places to stay, eat and explore on your visit.

Disclaimer: I want to thank Visit Cascais for making our trip to the beautiful region possible as some of my visits to the town were part of a press trip, we had the most amazing time exploring the beautiful silver coast. As always, all opinions are my own.

Things to do in Cascais Palácio dos Condes de Castro Guimarães
Things to do in Cascais: Palácio dos Condes de Castro Guimarães

How to get Cascais?

One of the best things about Cascais is its close proximity to Lisbon, meaning getting to the beautiful town from the capital isn’t all too difficult.

The train leaves from Cais do Sodre and takes just under 40 minutes to reach Cascais (Click here for Google Maps Directions). And the views along the way are stunning, believe me I was glued to the window.

It’s important to mention, the ticket machines did not work with both my international debit cards. I had to wait in line at the ticket desk to pay with card. This is something to be mindful of as the lines can get long here. I’d advise bringing coins if you wish to purchase your tickets using the machines. At the time of writing one way journey costs €2.30.

Lisbon is the closest airport to Cascais, to get there via public transport it is best to take the underground to Cais do Sodre and continue on the train as described above. Or, an Uber/Bolt with cost around €15/25 euro, depending on the time of day.

Should I rent a car in Cascais?

Honestly, having a car while in Cascais really made a difference to our trip. I felt like we had so much more freedom to explore the surrounding area’s on our time schedule.

The tourism board booked our rental with Europcar and the process was smooth with excellent service from the staff. In this itinerary I have listed some places worth visiting if you do decide to rent a car, however, with good public transport links to extended area’s it is not 100% necessary when visiting Cascais.

Where to Stay in Cascais?

I am thankful to have had the opportunity to stay in Cascais on two occasions, on my first trip to the stunning area I stayed in the neighbouring town of Estoril in Hotel Londres and for my second trip I stayed in the centre of town in Hotel Baía.

I couldn’t of asked for two better places to stay, Estoril is the ideal location for those looking for a more relaxed experience, there are an array of beaches to choose from, which are all a fair bit quieter than the main ones in the centre of Cascais. However, the area is still close enough to Cascais to take part in the endless list of things to do.

Staying in the centre of the town is far more lively experience with bars, shops and restaurants within a short walking distance.

I’d recommend booking your stay directly with Hotel Londres to ensure you get the best deal. They often offer a package including both the Buffet Breakfast and room price for the duration of your stay.

📍Hotel Londres

During our stay in Cascais, we were hosted by the beautiful Hotel Londres and I couldn’t recommend it more! The hotel’s modern design & amenities make it the perfect place to relax after a long day exploring Cascais and the surrounding areas.

The hotel staff were more than welcoming and happy to answer any questions we had throughout our trip.

Onsite, there is a buffet-style breakfast and restaurant, saltwater pool and bar & lounge area.

Hotel Londres is just a short walk from the Estoril to Cascais promenade where you can take in the breathtaking coastal views while making your way to Cascais Old Town.

The walk takes about 30 minutes in total and it was one of my favourite strolls throughout the trip. It is also possible to get a direct train if you don’t want to walk the promenade. Although I recommend you do 😉 The views are just too good.

📍Hotel Baía

On my second stay in Cascais I was hosted by the lovely Hotel Baía. The hotels location is perfect for anyone who is looking to explore the towns endless list of things to do with restaurants, shops and activity providers a short walking distance away.

The rooms all look out at Cascais’s main beach, Praia da Ribeira and the views from the balcony are breathtaking. An ideal location to do a little bit of people watching after a long day of exploring 😉

The hotel also has a onsite restaurant, with a buffet breakfast each morning and a la carte lunch and dinner options.

For lunch on my final day, I had the Duck and Mushroom Risotto and it was my favourite meal from the trip. I couldn’t get enough of it.

The staff in the hotel went above and beyond to make sure we were well taking care of. It was a fantastic stay, a place I highly recommend for anyone looking to explore Cascais.

Things to do in Cascais: The Main Town, Marina & Art District

There is so much to see and do in Cascais, it is the perfect addition to an extended Portugal itinerary. Take some time to stroll along some of the region’s most beautiful beaches or rent a bike to explore the rugged coastline. Most activities begin in the town centre.

Another great thing about Cascais is the region’s close proximity to Lisbon, making it the perfect place to stay for those looking to explore the city while staying along the coast. Cascais and Lisbon also make for great Winter Destinations as they experience mild to warm temperatures all year round.

1. Explore the Pastel Streets of the Cascais Old Town

Cascais’s picturesque old town is the perfect place to begin your vacation. Walk through the beautiful lanes, and narrow streets and admire the coastal views.

Starting your trip to Cascais in the old town will give you a real feel for the charming region. It will give you the opportunity to submerge yourself in the local’s way of life and experience the relaxed vibes that this beautiful town has to offer.

If you are hoping to purchase a little keepsake from your time exploring Portugal’s silver coast, then the old town is the perfect spot to shop. Consider bringing home some Portuguese souvenirs or perhaps some of the country’s famous pastry’s.

2. Explore Cidadela Art District

The purpose of the Cidadela Art District is to serve as a link between art and the public. A place for people to come to relax and admire the talent of various artists.

The vibrant district is home to 6 galleries, showcasing contemporary art by both local and international artists from colourful murals, historic walls to thought-provoking sculptures.

The square within the District is a lovely spot to sit down for a chat with friends and relax before continuing to explore the surrounding areas of Cascais.

Onsite, alongside the galleries there is a café, hotel and bookshop, and of course the Cidadela (which means fortress in English).

Cascais Marina
Cascais Marina

3. Visit the Cascais Marina

Are you really on a coastal holiday if you don’t spend some time exploring the local coastal Marina?

Well, luckily, the Marina at Cascais has something for everyone, home to an array of restaurants, cute cafés and boutique shops.

It is the perfect place to spend an hour or two, sitting back with a local wine or having a bite to eat as you watch the docked boats bobbing along the waterfront.

The Marina has a very modern feel to it, yet, it is just a short walk from the Cidadela.

It is the primary hub for any water sports enthusiasts who are looking to take part in various activities such as sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding.

4. Santa Marta Lighthouse

Visit one of the most iconic landmarks in Cascais, the Santa Marta Lighthouse. The building originally served as a fort which was later transformed into the lighthouse we see today.

It costs 5 euros to enter the museum, which teaches visitors about the history of the building, displays a collection of lights used in various lighthouses throughout Portugal and highlights the history of the countries coastline.

The 5 euro entry fee also includes access to the lighthouses viewing platform which offers breathtaking 360 views of Cascais and the surrounding area’s. The view alone makes the paid entry completely worth it.

I’m not going to lie, I easily spent over an hour here admiring the views and watching the boats bob by.

5. Go Dolphin Watching

One of the most magical things I did while visiting Cascais was take a Dolphin Watching boat tour with Four Adventures.

It is a morning I will never forget! We saw two different types of families and had the best few hours out at sea.

The Dolphins where so playful, swimming up to the boat and jumping around the water. I was like a 5 years old child, filled with excitement. I just couldn’t contain how happy the experience made me feel.

At the end of the tour they also showed us what Cascais looked like from the water. Getting to see the Santa Marta Lighthouse and the Boca do Inferno from an alternative perspective was a really cool experience.

Palácio dos Condes de Castro Guimarães
Palácio dos Condes de Castro Guimarães

6. Palácio dos Condes de Castro Guimarães

Across the street from the Santa Marta Lighthouse lies a rather beautiful building, the Palácio dos Condes de Castro Guimarães. The building fits in well with Cascais fairytale-like feel and it was built by an Irish man, Jorge O’Neil, who wanted it to serve as a family holiday home.

The house was designed using materials only found within Portugal and was heavily influenced by the construction style used by the Moorish, like many other buildings in the country.

The inside of the building displays many aspects of Jorges Irish routes with Shamrocks painted on the ceiling and the Irish Coat of Arms present throughout the decor.

The house was later sold to Castro Guimarães and at his request following his passing, it was donated to the state to be used as an art gallery and museum displaying the wonderful architectural styling.

7. Parque Marechal Carmona

The Palácio dos Condes de Castro Guimarães is on the grounds of the Parque Marechal Carmona. Not too far from the Marina.

It is an area of lush greenery and tranquil surroundings. Perfect for those who are seeking a little bit shade from the hot Portuguese sun.

When walking through the park it is common to meet some of it’s friendly residents such as peacocks roosters and turtles.

Not only is the park home to the Palácio dos Condes de Castro Guimarães, it also houses the Chapel São Sebastião which survived Lisbon’s famous 1755 earthquake.

I’d advise taking sometime to relax here and enjoy the scenery.

8. Boca do Inferno (Hells Mouth)

If you are looking to explore the most scenic place in Cascais then consider walking out to Boca do Inferno. The name of this beautiful spot translates to ‘Hells Mouth’ in English.

The Boca do Inferno is a seaside rock formation that soars over the Portuguese coastline.

It is the perfect place to go to admire the striking cliff edge, victorious waves and scenic backdrop.

It is possible to walk out onto a viewing platform to catch a glimpse of the waves crashing in and out of ‘Hells Mouth’.

It takes 10 minutes to reach the Boca do Inferno on foot from Cascais Marina.

9. Have a Beach Day

Cascais is a wonderful place to visit for those looking for a well-deserved beach holiday.

It is located in a part of Portugal known as the silver coast, and with the many beautiful beaches in the area, it is easy to see why.

Here are some beaches in Cascais worth checking out:

  1. Praia da Ribeira de Cascais
  2. Praia da Rainha
  3. Piscina Oceânica Alberto Romano
  4. Praia da Rata
  5. Praia do Guincho (Outside Cascais check out the rent a bike section of the post for more info).

Cabo Da Roca Sunset
Cabo Da Roca at Sunset

10. What to do in Cascais: Watch the Sunset

Portugal is known for its beautiful weather which means odds are you will witness your fair share of sunsets while in Cascais. A popular spot to visit for golden hour is none other than the beautiful Boca do Inferno. Here you will see the sky change colours as the sun sets beyond the rocks.

If you are looking for somewhere a little less crowded then consider visiting the Marina at sunset. Due to the area’s size, you will have a lot more space to move around.

Cabo da Roca (Europes most westerly point) is also a fantastic place to watch the sky change from morning to night, however, it is important to note it is not located in Cascais but quite nearby. It is also a must on any European Itinerary.

11. Take in the Views at Europe’s Most Westerly Point – Cabo Da Roca

No trip to Cascais is compelte without a visit to the beautiful Cabo Da Roca. It is without a doubt one of the best things to see in Cascais.

The famous spot is located just a 25 minute drive or 40 minute bus journey from the town centre using the 403 bus route.

The journey costs €4.50 and offers spectacular views of the coast as you approach the cliffs.

However, the views are not the only reasons this spot it famous. It also happens to be the most westerly point in Europe.

There is a bathroom and restaurant on site which is important to note as it is easy to spend a couple of hours here admiring the scenery.

If time allows I recommend sticking around for sunset because it is sure to be a good one!

12. Stroll Along the Estoril to Cascais Promenade

One of the nicest things to do in Cascais is go for a stroll along the Estoril promenade.

This walk will take about 30 minutes in total to complete and you pass by some of the most beautiful beaches, fairytale-like buildings and a selection of restaurants if you fancy something to eat.

We walked the Estoril Promenade to and from Hotel Londres twice a day and the views never got old.

It also felt perfectly safe at night, in fact, I found it rather relaxing. The area was far less busy and the waves were always a little crazy at night time. Nothing beats the relaxing sounds of nature.

13. See Cascais from a Different Perspective by going on a Boat Tour

If you are looking to add a little bit of adrenaline to your trip to Cascais why not consider booking a boat tour. This is one of the best activities in Cascais, an experience that will give you the opportunity to see the town and surrounding coastal areas from a whole new perspective.

During our trip to Cascais, we went on a boat tour with Aqua Start. Both skippers were more than welcoming and were happy to show us about Cascais wonderful coastline.

We got to see some of the town’s iconic landmarks such as the Santa Marta Lighthouse, Estoril Promenade and the Boca do Inferno from a whole different angle. We loved every minute of it!

14. Enjoy the Iconic Cycle Route

Without a doubt, one of the best things to do in Cascais is rent a bike and cycle along the incredible scenic coastline. The cycle route is 5 kilometres in total and stretches as far as the Praia do Guincho Beach.

The route itself is relatively easy with no uphill surprises along the way. The only thing to be mindful of is the Portuguese heat, especially if you decide to cycle at midday.

While Praia do Guincho is the main stopping point on the Cascais cycle path there are many awe-inspiring viewpoints every few meters. So, be prepared to stop, with your camera in hand, to capture the rushing waves crashing against the cliffside.

We decided to get our rentals from Aqua Start for extra security. The bikes came with a lock and key which allowed us to head off and explore a little further

15. Go Surfing

Portugal is known worldwide as one of the best surf destinations in Europe. There are many beaches in and around Cascais that offer excellent surf opportunities with the most famous being the Praia do Guincho Beach.

I must warn you though, the waves can get really big at times. So, if you are a beginner it is best to get lessons prior to entering the water like we did. Luckily for us, the waves were relatively small at the time.

I highly recommend booking with Cascais Routes, they where more than accommodating and patient with my friend Aoife and I, especially considering we fell off the board pretty much every time we caught a wave 🤣

Even if you don’t want to surf, it is always fun to sit back, relax and watch the surfers glide over the waves. They are incredibly talented and watching them will for sure leave you mesmerised.

16. Visit the Cascais Market

The Cascais Market has been operating since 1952, making it something that should be high on your bucket list.

It is most popular on Wednesdays and Saturdays, as on these days you will find a range of fresh fruit, veg, cakes and bread vendors.

As well, as flea market stalls perfect for some souvenir shopping. The market opens from 9am to 5pm.

Within the market grounds you will also find a range of restaurants to choose from. Some opening as late as 2am.

It’s a great place to eat when looking to taste fresh local food.

17. Threat Yourself to Santini Ice Cream

Anytime I visit Cascais there is a massive line of people all queuing up to taste the iconic Santini Ice Cream.

This homemade ice cream is a must! Full of delicious flavours, I was particularly fond of raspberry scoop, which was so tasteful I wanted more!

The portion sizes are rather generous and it is easy to see why there is always people lining up for their own taste.

Homemade ice cream in huge variety of flavors. This is a gem in Cascais with several locations. Fruit flavours are spectacular but I loved the chocolate, hazelnut, and the coffee with real beans. Good portions!

Things to do near Cascais

As I mentioned previously, what makes Cascais such a great destination to visit is it’s appeal to all kinds of travelling styles. There is something for everyone, from adventure lovers, city breakers, beach goers and outdoor enthusiast. And the main reason for this is the towns location, it acts as a gateway to Lisbon, Sintra, the mountains and the stunning coastline. In this section of the post I am going to continue with our list of things to do in Cascais but it’s important to note that you will need rent a car or use public transport to reach most of these places.

Pena Palace Sintra
National Palace of Pena, Sintra

1. Take a Day Trip to Sintra

Sintra should be a must on anyone’s bucket list, as it is easily one of the best cities to visit in Portugal.

Sintra makes visitors feel as they have left modern-day life behind and somehow transported into a real-life fairytale.

Located on the edge of a large mountain range lies the picturesque village of Sintra, the town is the gateway to lavish palaces, magical forests and lush green hills.

Taking a day trip to Sintra from Cascais is super easy due to both areas’ close proximity to each other.

An Uber will take 20 minutes to reach the main town of Sintra, while the 417 bus will take 40 minutes but it is a budget-friendly way to visit the beautiful region.

It is also possible to visit Sintra on a Day Trip from Lisbon by taking a 45-minute train journey.

First Stop: National Palace of Pena

When you first arrive in Sintra head straight towards the National Palace of Pena. This is the most popular attraction in Sintra and can get rather busy as the day goes on. Take your time here, enjoy the awe-inspiring architecture, the views of the surrounding mountains and relax in nature as you explore the palace grounds.

Second Stop: Sintra National Palace & Town

After exploring the grounds of the National Palace of Pena hop on the 434 bus to Sintra National Palace. Take some time to explore the palace, the nearby winding streets and shop for any souvenirs you would like to take home.

This is also a good spot to stop for some lunch, we ate in Tasca Saloia which offered a wide range of Portuguese Cusine. And it was Delish.

Third Stop: Quinta da Regaleira

Once you are well-rested, it is time to head to Quinta da Regaleira, my favourite palace in Sintra. The palace is only a 10-minute walk from Sintra National Palace so there is no need to take the bus. I recommend you spend around 2 hours here as there is so much to see and do. I’ve highlighted the top attractions down below:

  1. Capela da Quinta da Regaleira
  2. Gruta do Labirinto
  3. Initiation Well

Jerónimos Monastery
Jerónimos Monastery, Bélem

2. Take a Day Trip to Bélem

If you are looking to visit another magical place near Cascais then consider taking a day trip to Bélem. There is so much to see and do in Bélem that is easy to spend a full day exploring the area’s main attractions. Getting to Bélem from Cascais is super easy, just hop on the Cascais train heading toward Lisbon. The journey will take 40 minutes.

Once you arrive in Belem, I recommend heading towards the Bélem Tower to take some scenic photos. This area gets rather busy, therefore, it can be difficult to catch a snap of the famous landmark without people in the background.

Next, I recommend walking down the waterfront towards the Padrão dos Descobrimentos monument. It will cost 6 euros to climb to the top, but in my opinion, it is completely worth it as it offers 360 views of the surrounding area.

A short walk from the Padrão dos Descobrimentos monument lies Jerónimos Monastery. The architecture of Jerónimos Monastery is truly unique, you will be in complete awe as you walk around admiring the 16th-century building.

I recommend finishing the day in Bélem back where you initially started, the Bélem tower. This is the perfect spot to watch the sunset.

3. Ursa Beach

This stunning beach is often missed by tourists or over shadowed by its famous neighbour Cabo da Roca.

It tucked away along the rugged coastline of the most Western Point, and boasts some raw and unspoiled beauty.

It is possible to follow a trail behind the lighthouse towards Ursa Viewpoint.

The walk isn’t overly difficult and it is easy to follow. It’s the perfect place to sit back with a picnic and watch the waves crash against the cliff edge.

You can choose to descend onto the beach itself, although I didn’t personally give this a try so I have found a link to an All Trails Route for further directions.

4. Sanctuary of Peninha

One of my favourite places I visited when in Cascais was the Sanctuary of Peninha, just a 30 minute drive from the town.

Nestled on the top of the Sintra Mountains, this spiritual chapel offers breathtaking 360 views of the coastline and surrounding areas.

It is considered a spiritual place for locals, somewhere to sit and reflect.

The walk itself is not too difficult, yes it does feature some steep inclines and uneven ground but it only takes about 15 minutes to reach the chapel from the car park.

And with every step walkers are rewarded panoramic views, making it completely worth the effort.

5. Lagoa dos Mosqueiros

If you are looking for a reasons to get out in nature but avoid the hot Portuguese heat then I recommend checking out Lagoa dos Mosqueiros.

A beautiful 5km looped trail that brings walkers through a diverse forest landscape.

The terrain is relatively easy, however, it can be uneven and steep in places so I recommend wearing appropriate footwear.

I loved walking through the forest, admiring the range of different tree’s and plants.

I have linked an All Trails Map of the trail to help you with the route.

5. Take a Trekking Tour

I visited the three stops above on a half day Trekking Tour starting at Cabo de Roca with Portugal Walk Hike.

This was a fantastic way to get a taster on what the Sintra/Cascais National Park has to offer for nature enthusiast.

It was nice to have a local perspective on the trails, bringing us places we wouldn’t have otherwise found.

For example, the day previous we tried to visit the Ursa Beach viewpoint, but Google Maps directed us to the wrong location.

Little did we know that it was possible to walk there from the Cabo de Roca car park. Our Guide Francisco was very accommodating, and gave us plenty of information about the area’s we walked.

6. Praia do Magoito

No trip to Cascais is complete without renting a car, it gives you the freedom to explore beyond places that are only accessible by public transport.

The first stop on our Cascais Road Trip was none other than ‘Praia do Magoito’. A stunning beach that lined by soaring cliffs.

This is a beautiful place to strech your legs and walk along the hot sand. Or, perhaps jump into the Crystal clear waters for a swim.

There are showers located at entrance of the beach as well as a restaurant/shop up top. However, it is important to note that they only take cash!

There are two car parks for this location, I’d advise parking in the upper car park as it is closer to the beach. However, I do recommend walking towards the lower car park before hopping back in the car as the views at the end a breathtaking.

7. Azenhas do Mar

Azenhas do Mar is a beautiful coastal town, perched dramatically on a cliff edge overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

The towns iconic whitewashed houses remind me of a fusion of Greek, Italian and Portuguese villages.

There is a stunning viewpoint just a 5 minute walk from the town where visitors can snap shots of the picturesque setting.

There are a few restaurants in town, however, we found these to be best suited for those looking for a heavy meal.

Instead we decided to keep driving to see what else we could find.

8. The Beach Village

If you are looking for somewhere nice, cool and trendy to grab a bite to eat along the Sintra/Cascais coast then consider stopping at ‘The Beach Village’ or the ‘Aldeia da Praia’.

Here you will find a range of food truck style eateries, there is something for everyone, from cakes, pizza, burgers, pasta and noodles dishes.

They also have a drinks stand for those wanting to enjoy a cold beverage in the sun.

However, it is important to note that a lot of the trucks close between 3pm – 5pm. So, a late lunch is not advised.

We ended up here by accident and it was such a lovely find!

9. Praia da Adraga

There are so many beautiful beaches along the Sintra/Cascais coastline that it is hard to choose which to visit next.

We decided to go for a post food swim at Praia da Adraga. A stunning beach with many sea stacks that really enhance it’s beauty.

I must admit, getting to the beach by car posed a slight challenge. The road is quite narrow with people taking up space by parking their cars to one side of it.

However, we did find parking easy enough once we drove closer to the beach itself.

If you would sooner eat by the sea then there is an option to eat at the beachside restaurant ‘Restaurante da Adraga’.

La Contessa Carpacciohouse
La Contessa Carpacciohouse

Where to Eat in Cascais

One of my favourite things about Cascais is the range of food on offer in the town, it is easy to find traditional dishes such as Portugals famous egg tarts and crochets but it is also common to find many incredible international cuisines too. That is why I have created the list down below. I am sure you will find one of more places that tickle your taste buds.

Risotto @ Sr. Manuel

1. Sr. Manuel

If you are looking to sample some fresh seafood while in Cascais then I recommend giving Sr. Manuel’s a try. They a decent sized menu with plenty to choose from. The food was more than tasty.

2. The Palm Tree (Instagram)

The Palm Tree is an international bar with a relaxed feel. We were so warm heartily welcomed by the fantastic waiting staff throughout our time dining in the Palm Tree (thanks to Orlando & Mara for looking after us so well).

This is the perfect place to eat for those looking for delicious food, a drink or two and an overall nice atmosphere. I recommend trying the hot stone steak for your main course. It was bursting with flavour and a nice alternative way to enjoy a meal.

3. Nicolau Cascais

Nicolau is a fantastic option for all you brunch enthusiasts. The menu is quite expansive with a range of dishes on offer. Both savoury and sweet.

They also have a nice selection of drinks from cocktails, milkshakes, smoothies and fresh juices.

4. Cantina Clandestina (Instagram)

If you are looking to try some traditional Portuguese dishes, I recommend checking out Cantina Clandestina.

The waiting staff were more than happy to suggest their favourite dishes to try while pairing them with a wine to complement the flavours. The decor in the restaurant really sets the ambience, with fairy lights highlighting the outdoor dining area.

Pancakes @ Nicolau
Tapas @ Malacopa

5. Malacopa

Malacopa is a lovely Mexican tapas bar, with an endless list of tasty bites. There were so many great options to choose from.

And while the portion sizes look small I promise they will leave you feeling full and satisfied. I recommend two tapas per person.

The staff at Malacopa where extremely accommodating making sure we were ok throughout our meal.

6. Bijou de Cascais (Instagram)(Website)

If you are looking for something sweet to eat then you need to make your way to Bijou de Cascais. This stylish bakery offers a range of traditional Portuguese pastries and bites from the famous Pastel de Nata to the Croquete de Carne.

7. La Contessa Carpacciohouse (Instagram)

La Contessa Carpacciohouse is a lovely little restaurant located on a side street in Cascais main town. The area is again highlighted with cute fairy lights, and it is a lovely place to sit down and dine for the night. The menu features a range of raw meats styled as ceviche or tartes and a range of cooked Piadina’s (Italian flatbreads).

8. El Clandestino

The food at El Clandestino was bursting with flavours, my friends tried the traditional Peruvian Sea Bass and I tried the stir fried noodles.

It didn’t feel too heavy yet still left us feeling full and happy. The service was excellent too!

Peruvian Sea Bass @ El Clandestino

9. Marisco na Praça

Marisco na Praça is a seafood resturant with two locations in Cascais, one in the Marina and the other at the market.

We ate in the Market location, I had the steak with mushroom sauce. It was delicious, perfectly cooked and the sauce was something new that I had not tried with steak before. It also came with homemade crisps, which quite tasty.

10. Restaurante Baía

My favourite meal from my second time in Cascais was at Restaurante Baía (where I stayed). I got the mushroom risotto and words can not describe how tasty it was. There was so much flavour.

The service was excellent, and we ate looking out at one of the best views in Cascais.

Tips for visiting Cascais for the first time

💡 Explore by Foot

Cascais is best explored by foot for a number of reasons.

First, many of its attractions are within walking distance of each other. This makes getting around easy and lets you see more in less time.

Next, it’s the unique aspects of the town that you discover when walking, something neither public transit nor driving can truly offer.

Strolling around, you can’t help but soak in the town’s striking structures, panoramic sights, and lively neighborhood buzz.

So, it lets you freely roam around, take unexpected turns and stumble upon hidden treasures that might otherwise slip through your fingers.

💡 Consider making Cascais your launching pad.

Not only does Cascais itself have plenty of things to see to keep you busy for weeks, it is also a gateway to many amazing attractions in the area.

Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is just a short drive away. Sintra is a magical place to go back in time thanks to its beautiful Romanticist buildings from the 1800s, such as the Pena Palace and the Moorish Castle. 

Lisbon, Portugal’s vibrant capital, is also within easy reach. So, using Cascais as a base can be quite an affordable way to visit Lisbon. The busy city is full of endless possibilities. It has a lot of historical sites, art galleries, busy neighborhoods, and delicious local foods just waiting to be discovered.

And Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of mainland Europe, is a short bus ride away from Cascais. With its rough, rocky cliffs and breathtaking views, this is the perfect place to spend a day. Also, watching the sunset over the rugged cliffs is breathtaking.

💡 Embrace the Local Culture

One of the highlights of visiting any new place is getting to know the local culture. In Cascais, this means indulging in Portuguese cuisine, watching live fado performances, and browsing through charming local markets.

Cascais is brimming with an eclectic mix of dining spots, catering to every palate and wallet size – it’s a food lover’s paradise! From casual beachfront cafes serving fresh seafood to upscale dining options offering traditional Portuguese dishes with a modern twist, there’s something for everyone.

The people who live in Cascais are what make it special. They are friendly and have a great love for their town. A great way to learn about the traditions and way of life in the area is to talk to people who live there.

💡 Try Outdoor Activities

The beachfront in Cascais is a popular place for adrenaline junkies because it has many water sports like surfing, sailing, and SUP boarding on offer. But if you’re more of a land-lover, there’s plenty to explore with walking and biking trails giving breathtaking views over the sea and beyond.

For a more laid-back experience, head to one of the many beaches in Cascais. Praia da Conceição and Praia da Duquesa are popular spots for sunbathing and swimming, while Praia do Guincho is a surfer’s paradise.

💡 Bring Sunscreen

This may seem like an obvious one but it is also easy to forget. With Cascais’ sunny weather, it’s important to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Remember, when soaking up Cascais’ sun rays, it’s key to have your high SPF sunscreen on hand and keep reapplying – especially if you’re planning an outdoor day.

What to do in Cascais: FAQ’s

Is Cascais Portugal worth visiting?

Absolutely! Cascais, Portugal is totally worth a visit. Imagine strolling along beautiful sandy beaches, exploring old and charming streets filled with unique cafes and shops, and feasting on fresh seafood caught daily. Plus, it’s got a fantastic climate year-round. You’re going to love it there!

What is special about Cascais?

Cascais is pretty special for lots of reasons. For one, it’s got this awesome mix of modern and traditional vibes. You can visit the hip and trendy marina full of yachts, and just a few steps away, you’ll find the old town with its traditional Portuguese buildings and cobblestone streets. And let’s not forget the art! Cascais is a haven for art lovers with its numerous galleries and street art. It’s the perfect spot for a laid-back holiday.

How long is the train journey from Lisbon to Cascais?

The train journey from Lisbon to Cascais is super straightforward! It takes about 40 minutes, give or take a few. Trains to Cascais leave from Lisbon’s Cais do Sodre station pretty regularly, so you won’t have any trouble catching one. You’ll also get to enjoy some lovely views along the coast on your ride. It’s a breeze!

Is Cascais cheaper to stay than Lisbon?

Definitely! Staying in Cascais can be a lot cheaper than Lisbon, especially if you’re planning on sticking around for a bit. You can find a range of accommodations to fit any budget, from cozy guest houses to luxury hotels. Plus, dining out and activities can also be less expensive. It’s a win-win, you get to enjoy a gorgeous seaside town and save a few bucks!

What is the best time of year to visit Cascais?

The best time to visit Cascais? Well, it depends on what you’re after. If you’re a fan of sunny skies and beach days, then summer (June to September) is perfect for you. But keep in mind, it can get a little crowded. If you want a more chilled-out vibe, spring (March to June) and autumn (September to November) are great. The weather’s still good and the town’s a bit quieter. Plus, it’s usually easier to find deals on accommodation. Really, there’s no bad time to visit Cascais, it’s pretty great all year round! Cascais is also a great place to visit in the winter months, it tends not to get snow and hosts mild to moderate temperatures. They also have a stunning Christmas market.

How many days should you spend in Cascais?

Deciding on how many days to spend in Cascais? Well, it really depends on what you want to do. If you’re all about relaxing and taking things easy, 2-3 days should be enough. You’ll have time to enjoy the beaches, explore the town and maybe see a few nearby attractions. But if you’re the adventurous type, you might want to stay a bit longer. There’s plenty to do in the area like hiking, surfing, and visiting historical sites. So, 4-5 days could be perfect for you. Remember, Cascais is all about enjoying the vibe, so don’t rush. Make it your own and have a fantastic time!

Thanks for reading!

I hope you enjoyed learning about all the top Cascais things to do! If you have any more questions about Cascais feel free to send me a message over on Instagram. I hope you have a wonderful trip exploring Portugal’s silver coast.

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *