Cascais, like Estoril, is a town in the coast outside Lisbon, in a region that since 1920 attracted nobility and jet-set to its luxurious mansions. Today it retains much of its glamour attracting visitors with its traditional old quarters, small bays and beaches, street life, a colourful marina and an old fortress, among many other attractions. Everywhere you can find traces of the old fishing village.
Get there by taking a half-hour train ride in Lisbon from Cais do Sodré station.
The busiest street without a doubt is Rua Frederico Arouca, commonly known as Rua Direita or High Street, where the shops, restaurants and pubs are concentrated. There is a fish market from Monday to Saturday at 8am. Take a walk in the old town and visit the old street and Igreja da Assunçao. The Old Market is also worth a visit, as it has been converted into a café and restaurant space with outdoor terraces while keeping the old stalls of fruit, vegetables, meat and fish.
It is worth taking a look at the Gandarinha Municipal Park where we will see a noble mansion that serves as the Conde Castro Guimaraes Library Museum (open from 10 to 17 from Monday to Saturday). On the other side of the park is the Museu do Mar (open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm), containing a small but precious collection of marine artefacts, boats and oil paintings of maritime motifs.
Half an hour's walk along the coast road is Boca do Inferno, where strong waves break against marine grottos in a natural spectacle.
Marina de Cascais - Palácio da Cidadela de Cascais - Lighthouse Museum of Santa Marta - Centro Cultural de Cascais - Museu do Mar Rei D. Carlos - Jardim Visconde da Luz - Cascais Shopping - Paula Rego Museum - Church of Nossa Senhora da Assunção