Cascais - Portugal

Visit Cascais... Portugal's hidden treasure!

This highly accessible resort has so much to offer as a holiday destination. The food, location, culture, architecture and even James Bond!

Getting here:

We travelled here from the Algarve for a weekend trip. A very easy drive up the A2 main motorway from Algarve up to the Lisbon region, taking around 2 hours 40 minutes. The motorway is a toll road but very reasonably priced (€20). If you have hired/rented a car it might have Via Verde, so you can just drive through these lanes at the tolls. Otherwise you need to pay. The motorway itself is normally very quiet with services along the route. The drive across the Vasca da Gama bridge is quite an experience with some amazing views!

Things to do

  • Visit Parque Marechal Carmona - one of the most extensive and beautiful gardens in Cascais!

  • Opposite Parque Marechal Carmona is Forte de Santa Marta/Farol Museu de Santa Marta; the museum, lighthouse, beach etc. (Instagram photo opportunity!)

  • Walk from the city centre to Boca do Inferno to catch the sunset!

  • Browse the idyllic streets, shops, cafes.

  • Cascais although a city is very pretty, with a small beach town vibe - be sure to enjoy the beaches!

  • Save some days to visit Sintra old town and the palaces (but stay in Cascais).

Places to eat:

Restaurante Beira Mar - Very traditional, authentic Portuguese, great fish/seafood, 45 yrs under the same management, located in the main historic centre of Cascais.

Somos Um Regalo - Chicken Piri Piri Restaurant and takeaway. (Avenida Vasco da Gama 36, Cascais 2750-509 Portugal).

Top Tips:

  • Have coins/change to hand - all parking is paid, and coins only accepted- not card!

  • Various car parks around the town depending on your plans

  • Various car parks around the town depending on your plans.topus and cod.

Look out for my next blog... Sintra!



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