When we get to know Cascais better, we’ll easily we discover what had impressed the Portuguese royal family that much. The resort lies just off the Atlantic Ocean, near Lisbon – on one side, nestled into the bay, and on the other surrounded by the mountains of Sintra.
Even in the late nineteenth century, Cascais was a typical fishing village, where life flowed lazily, focused on the daily catch. Today however, it has a reputation of a really elegant holiday resort. Some define it as snobbish, what is evidenced by a large number of designer boutiques, located on the main promenade. And by the prices.
Royal resort - Cascais
Tourists, who like to explore new places in a leisurely manner will appreciate the beauty of its streets and bustling fish market, while party people will be really satisfied with the nightlife offer. After nightfall party in discos and bars in Largo Luis de Camoes, where the best clubs are located.
But let’s not forget about the most important factor affecting the interest in this tourists resort - the beaches. Tourists have up to five places to choose from, besides they’re all located in close proximity to the center of Cascais. The water is warm and calm and the sand has amazingly beautiful golden color.
Beach for surfers
One of the beaches tempts with something other than the possibility of blissful lounging and getting tan. At a distance of 5 km from Cascais there’s Praia do Guinchi, wide and sandy beach besieged by surfers, windsurfers and kitesurfers. Since the 90s of the last century it often hosts World Windsurfing Championships, offering excellent conditions - big waves and strong gusts of wind. It’s stretched among the dunes and gives the impression of being a little wild. Due to the strong winds from the north you have to remember that Guinchi isn’t as hot as, for example, Lisbon.
When the weather is good you can see the westernmost point of Europe - Cabo da Roca. Vacationers can also see Pena Palace in Sintra.
In the evening you can go for a romantic walk along the promenade that extends for 2 km – starting in the resort, leading up to Estoril. Slow hike along the coast is a great way to relax, because you can enjoy fresh breeze flowing from the ocean, gently touching your skin. If you would direct your steps in the opposite direction, to the west, after approx. 1.5 km you would encounter a gap at the cliffs, a place that looks like a pure hell. Rumble and a mad roar of huge waves as well as the sight of sharp edges of splashing foam give the impression as we were looking into the jaws of some mythical monster. It fully deserves its name - Boca do Inferno (Hell's Mouth).
Campsite near Cascais
Numerous restaurants are located near Estrada de Guincho, a road leading to the beach. Close to the promenade there’s also Camping Orbitur de Guincho, offering the accommodation amongst sand dunes and pine trees. Adult stay costs from 3.90 to 6.90 euro/day, while the parking space for a motorhome from 5.30 to 9.40 euro/day. You can come here with your dog (1,40-2,50 Euro).
Tired after the whole day of sightseeing, we can sit in the beautiful Parque do Marechal Carmona (Gandarinha Park), located in the historic center of the city, near the marina. In the immediate vicinity there’re many attractive points of Cascais, including the Hipódromo Manuel Possolo, Museum Condes Castro Guimarães, or the red building of Paula Rego House of Stories. The park is full of magnificent trees of impressive size, numerous shrubs and ponds, with charming wooden footbridges thrown over them. It's the perfect place to spend a pleasant afternoon or evening.