Arriving to Cascais
Cascais was always connected to the high classes of the portuguese and european societies, was a getaway for the monarchy during the XIX century and a refugee place for the european royal families during the second world war.
Nowadays, this modern and updated fishermen´s town is surrounded by beaches and well provided by 5 stars hotels, hostels , restaurants, bars, worldwide known brands shops and tour operators to help you having a good time during your holidays.
If you are in Lisbon, the easiest way to get to Cascais through public transportation is getting the train at Cais do Sodré train station. It will take you 30 minutes doing all the way next to the ocean, is a very pleasant trip actually.
By car you have two options, you can choose between the highway A5 and the national road N6. We find more interesting to choose the N6 and drive during 30 minutes, always with the ocean on your left.
We decided to think about one possible walking itinerary, beginning at Cascais train station and ending at Boca do Inferno, which you can see at the following map screen shot.
The first spot to see is the small corner of Praia da Rainha, where you can drink an ocean view coffee, for example. Here was where the last Queen of Portugal, Dona Amélia, used to go and claim as her own beach, and that´s why the beach is called, translated to english, "Queen´s beach".
When back to Frederico Arouca street, we suggest to turn left towards Saudade street, and then, left again to Fernandes Thomas street. The idea is to avoid the massive tourists flow and follow a parallel path to the ocean.
You will arrive to Praia dos Pescadores, where you will notice, Palácio Seixas at the left side of the beach, facing the ocean. This XX century building is a Navy office nowadays.
Pass through Cascais Municipality towards Marques Leal Pancada street, here you will walk through cascais streets in direction to Paula Rego´s Art Museum (Casa das Histórias Paula Rego). You will need to follow to Largo de Assunção and finish at Avenida da República, where the museum is. You will pass several restaurants, the church Nossa Senhora da Assunção and, Casa Sommer which works as an historical arquive and library. At this area, you also can find the Ocean Museum (Museu do Mar D. Carlos I), close to the Art Museum.
Continuing our itinerary, is time to go back towards Avenida Rei Humberto II de Itália, where, at the roundabout, you will find the Cascais Culture Center on your right and, Cidadela Fortress on your left. This avenue will lead you to the Marina and Boca do Inferno.
You will pass through a stone bridge with Condes de Castro Guimarães Museum on your right and, Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum on your left. For us, this place is one of the most beautifull scenarios of Cascais.
At his magical point, you are 10 minutes away from Boca do Inferno, walking time, straight away alongside the ocean . You will find some high standards hotels and the Beer Garden (Jardim da Cerveja) where you can stop to drink a beer. Boca do Inferno, is one of the most famous spots in Cascais, due to the rock formation and the handcraft market where you can buy a souvenir.
Bike ride to Guincho
If you continue beyond Boca do Inferno, you will find Casa da Guia 1km away. Here you can find some restaurants and terraces where you can eat and drink something . Apart from sushi and traditional cuisine, you also can find where to buy an AÇAÍ bowls to restore energies.
Cascais Municipality, has done a considerable job providing all the conditions you need to rent and ride a bike through the path thats goes from Boca do Inferno till Guincho. At Guia, you can rent the bike through the traditional way or through the APP MOBICASCAIS , which has several bike spots spread along Cascais and Estoril for you to rent electronically.
Guincho is our favorite spot in Cascais, known for beeing an idilic spot with fantastic waves for surfers and wind-surfers in a completely wildnature landscape. It´s a 8km bike path passing through high standard seafood restaurants with the ocean always on your left.
"Paredão" - Walking from Cascais to Estoril
Another interesting activity to do during a sunny day in Cascais, is a 30 minutes walk along the "Paredão" , the 3km sidewalk which connects Praia da Conceição in Cascais, to Praia da Azarujinha in São João do Estoril.
You will pass through 6 beaches and, about 20 restaurants and ocean view terraces to have lunch or just drink a cocktail while you get tanned.
The restaurants serve mainly, grilled fish and local food, such as octopus salad, seabass and you also will find clams and seafood rice at some menus.
At Praia da Duquesa you can try to rent a paddle board and see Cascais from the ocean perspective.
Estoril & Praia do Tamariz
Estoril became famous during the second world war by receiving the royal families who decided to exile in this small and neutral paradise. Nowadays, you can see the mansions where they used to live, five stars and modern hotels, beautiful and well service provided beaches and the casino, which exists since 1931. With the train stop two steps from the beach, Praia do Tamariz is the most accessible beach for many people who come from Lisbon and surrounding metropolitan areas during the summer , especially at weekends. Therefore, if you don´t like walking among the crowds, we recommend to visit it in the morning in a week day. Tamariz Beach is suitable for any occasion, even if you would like to marry at the castle (Forte da Cruz) !Reverse Pool & Beach Lounge provides you big and confortable beds and chaiselongs to rent at the beach, where you can spend the day at the sand drinking cocktails with your friends. They also have a salt water swimming pool if you prefer. If you are more into the classics, you can lunch or dinner at Restaurante Praia do Tamariz, you can choose between grilled fish, seafood rice and, they even have an aquarium with live crabs and lobsters. For those who travel in a budget, visit Bar do Tunel for some empanadas, sandwiches, açaí bowls and fresh natural juices. Check their cocktails happy-hour!
There aren´t a lot of beaches with a disco just above the sand, in Tamariz beach you can have fun and enjoy the summer nights of Portugal with ocean view till 6 am. From Wednesdays to Sundays and always with good music and