Cascais, a former fishing port becomes a cosmopolitan hotspot

Cascais, a former fishing port becomes a cosmopolitan hotspot

Just 25 km away from the city centre, this small coastal city, with its typical port, makes for an excellent day trip.

In the 19th century, Cascais became, like Estoril, a fashionable summer destination, and luxury homes housed the glamorous crowds who thronged there. In the 20th century, charmed by its wild beaches and lively atmosphere, European royal families turned it into a kind of Portuguese Riviera. This sealed the fate of Cascais. The charm of the small town, however, is intact today: the centre has kept its ancient atmosphere and has many monuments to offer besides the splendid Citadel (especially Paula Rego's House of Stories and the Cultural Center of Cascais, painted electric pink). The beaches leading to Lisbon are calmer than those to the north of Cascais.
The best way to see the coast is to rent a bike and go for a ride on the boardwalk, between Cascais and Guincho. And don't miss lunch at Monte Mar, facing the sea. There, you can try a very typical dish, the filetes de pescada with some arroz de berbigão, stir-fried filets of hake served with rice and cockles.

Monte Mar
Avenida Nossa Senhora do Cabo 2845
2750-374 Cascais

+351 91 602 5305