8 reasons why you really need to visit Cascais in Portugal

 

Portugalís Cascais region is gaining a reputation as one of countryís best areas to visit. It is a place of wild coastlines, natural beauty, history, and Portugalís famous cuisine and hospitality. And here are eight reasons why Cascais is becoming Portugalís best region to visit:

1. Itís easy to get to

Hugging mainland Europeís most westerly point, Cascais is a region of wild nature and stunning scenery, yet is only 25km from Portugalís capital and busiest airport at Lisbon. Whether you want to visit the beach, rustic villages, or countryside, itís easy to get to the many attractions of the Cascais region. Itís easy to visit as a day-trip, or for a holiday in itself.

Cascais - easy to get to

2. Amazing sea and beaches

Cascais spans two stretches of coastline along the Atlantic Ocean from Carcavelos to Guincho Beach, and further north. All along this coast, which takes in Europeís most westerly point at Cabo da Roca, youíll find amazing beaches where itís easy to relax or try out some windsurfing or sailing. In the town of Cascais a lovely promenade borders the beach, where a stroll and evening meal is a perfect way to wind down.

Amazing sea and beaches

3. Sintra-Cascais National Park

Occupying much of the Cascais region is Sintra-Cascais National Park which has been a World Travel Awards winner for a number of years. The park manages to preserve historic monuments and villages in a wonderful rural setting, with the towns of Cascais and Sintra, and the spectacular Sierra de Sintra mountain range. Itís perfect for walking and enjoying the outdoors.

Sintra-Cascais National Park

4. A year-round destination

As Portuguese Nobel Prize in Literature 1998 winner Josť Saramago said, “the journey never ends”, and it is never more true in Cascais where the climate and attractions mean you can visit any time of year and enjoy what is on offer; from culture, to sport, history and cuisine.

Cascais: a year-round destination

5. A great place for sports

The coastline at Cascais is full of opportunities to enjoy surfing, kayaking, sailing or walking. Inland there are seven golf courses rated as among the best in Europe, each with a unique setting and professional facilities.

A great place for sports

6. Tasty cuisine

Influenced by the Sea Food lovers will delight at the fresh seafood and cuisine on offer in the Cascais region. The Atlantic Ocean plays a big influence on the delicious traditional food served in cafes and restaurants throughout the area.

Tasty cuisine

7. The beautiful town of Sintra

Few towns in Portugal offer such beauty and exuberance in its historic buildings as in Sintra, which is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town is in the east of the national park with a hilltop setting of palaces, villas and other buildings, along with great places to eat and stay. An easy day-trip from Lisbon or the coast.

The beautiful town of Sintra

8. A luxury place to stay

Cascais is a region for lovers of the outdoors, but it is also a place of luxury. Hotels such as the Grand Real Villa Italia Hotel & Spa, formerly the residence of King Umberto II of Italy, or The Oitavos Hotels offer 5 star accommodation within the natural beauty of the Sintra-Cascais National Park and in close proximity to the Atlantic coast.

A luxury place to stay

Want to learn more about Cascais? Watch the video below and see why it’s being hailed ‘the charm of the Atlantic coast’…

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cascais Tourism.

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  1. Deborah says:

    Hey, great article! As a self-confessed sun worshipper I could really see myself cycling down that lovely coastal path – the sea looks crystal clear in the photos and good windsurfing too! I’ve never been to Portugal and Cascais would be really convenient from Lisbon, a city I’ve always wanted to visit. There seems to be something for everyone…hmm, very tempting!

  2. Deborah says:

    Just discovered that there’s an art gallery dedicated to the work of Paula Rego. Seriously tempted now!

  3. Oliver says:

    As a lover of really fresh seafood accompanied by fine local wines, Cascais sounds like a place I should visit! I would like to know more about walking opportunities in the Sintra-Cascais National Park. Are walking maps available locally and are hiking trails waymarked?

  4. Deborah says:

    Hi Oliver,

    I just did a quick web search as I’m also interested in hiking, and found several free downloadable hiking maps of the area. One site said that most routes are waymarked and have information panels too. The walking around Duna da Cresmina, a nature interpretation centre on the coast, looks especially fabulous.Hope this helps!

  5. Hello Oliver,

    I am the lover of beautiful and sandy beaches.Portugal has beautiful coastline and beaches.If I get the opportunity to visit Portugal I will definitely travel to explore the natural beauty around there.

  6. Patrick Boniface says:

    I have been looking for somewhere new to go hiking. Sintra-Cascais National Park looks like somewhere I should explore…what is it like for hiking and does it allow overnight camping?

  7. Oliver says:

    I’d not considered hiking in Portugal before reading this blog! Thanks Deborah for the online map info :D

  8. Oliver says:

    Yes, good point Patrick. Do they allow wild camping in the National Park or are hikers restricted to official campsites? I guess this part of Portugal has ‘dark skies’ for quality stargazing? Hope to see you on the trail!

  9. Oliver says:

    Hi Hitesh,

    I quite agree – I love that wonderful blog photo of the wild sea beaches and the rugged cliffs! I cannot think of a better location for a walking holiday!

  10. Hugh says:

    Great article! This has really piqued my interest. I have only been to a few parts of Portugal before, like the amazing Algarve, so I think it’s time to start exploring further afield.

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