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 (Paula Rego's House of Stories and the Cultural Center of Cascais, painted electric pink), museums, and the Citadel. 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.
Estrada de Guincho
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