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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!

  • Boca do Inferno

    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.

  • Ribeira Beach

    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!

  • Santa Marta Lighthouse

    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.

  • Castro Guimaraes Museum

    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.

  • Sintra-Cascais Natural Park

    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.

  • Cascais to Sintra Trip

    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.

Frequently asked questions about Cascais

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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!

Good to know

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    Euro (€)
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    UTC (+01:00)
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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

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 14,898 reviews

My husband and I recommend this trip and here is why. The guide (ask for Gonzalo) knows the best places to eat lunch, cakes and ice cream. We followed his advice and it was amazing. The guide was attentive to our wellbeing. Two times he walked ahead to get the van and pick us up after a walk up or down the hill. The time management was perfect. The guide was also open to answer any question. The guide was very knowledgeable and not at all pretentious, allowing for interesting conversations in the group. Last but not least, the trip was quite early but there is a good reason for tho because you get to the castle before any other tour guides and groups of tourists do. Seeing the castle so early in the morning made our overall experience unforgettable. Gratitude to our Top-Guide, Gonzalo, all the best to your sir.

Mario was an amazing guide — truly one of the nicest people we’ve ever met. He’s also a chef, so definitely ask for restaurant recommendations. The Peña was really beautiful, as well as Sintra and the other stops Mario took us to.

We really enjoyed our tour. Our guide Maria was very knowledgeable and attentive and made our day very enjoyable. We visited all the places in timely manner without rushing too much ourselves. Would definitely recommend this tour

Great day at the beautiful pena palace and also sightseeing in the magical Sintta town. An unforgettable trip with an amazing, expert and knowledgeable host. Highly recommended

We had an amazing day - we really enjoyed the tour through the castle! It was perfect.