photo: Jose Manuel
Despite its proximity to Lisbon and having swelled enormously in size this, the centre of the Costa do Sol, still retains much of the charm of its fishing past and indeed present. The daily catch is still auctioned in the harbourside square and colourful boats still bob in the harbour, their owners often found mending nets on the quay. Legend even has it that it was a Cascais fisherman, a certain Afonso Sanches, and not Columbus who discovered the New World ten years before the famed date of 1492. Cascais’ fishing history is remembered in the Museu do Mar with displays of artefacts, photographs and model boats.
Sintra, with high street names in clothes, furniture and a cinema complex.
The various beaches here are small and sweet and certainly crowded in the summer. Walk along the sea front towards Lisbon and a walkway dotted with various bars and exercise points takes you all the way to Estoril, catering for the holidaymaker and the jogger alike. If it is shade you seek, then head for Parque do Marechal Carmona where tables under trees, open spaces and even a small zoo make it a great family space. Also here a house displaying a fine collection of artefacts and collectables from the 18th and 19th centuries including Indo-Portuguese furniture and an outstanding library, the Museu do Conde de Castro Guimarães, is open to the public. Various artistic and ecclesiastic treasures are found in the Nossa Senhora da Assunção church including a 16th century altar, 18th century hand painted tiles and most importantly a collection of paintings by Josefa d’Óbidos. This Portuguese artist achieved high status in the 17th century, which was uncommon for a woman at that time.
Also nearby is the well-established complex of Quinta da Marinha which boasts 18 holes of sometimes challenging seaside golf and offers horse riding as well.
Cascais bed and breakfasts
- Vivamarinha Hotel Suites (from €88.00)
With extremely spacious rooms and suites sided by pine woods in a perfect calm and relaxing location is the ideal place for family vacations golf and romantic getaways.The accommodation at Vivamarinha
- Villa Apartment In Estoril (from €295.00)
Traditional style first floor villa apartment. Very spacious and comfortable accommodation with all facilities (Approx 120m2 of indoor living area), sleeps 2 to 6 people. Self-catering basis, 2/3 bedr
- Vila Gale Estoril (from €66.00)
The Vila Galé Estoril Hotel is located right along Linha do Estoril two minutes away from the sea near the Casino of Estoril. Having a privileged location overlooking the charming Praia do Tamariz an
- Vila Bicuda (from €110.88)
T2 Holiday Apartments (Sleeping 5 people)2 Bedrooms with air conditioning living room with fireplace and air conditioning bathroom fitted kitchen and terrace with garden furniture. Area of approximate
- The Oitavos (from €154.00)
Inspired by the timeless beauty of the Atlantic coast The Oitavos seeks to embrace rather than compete with nature. Its bold design sleek lines and elegantly simple interiors focus attention outwards
- Senhora da Guia (from €83.60)
Situated just 40 minutes from Lisbon in the Estoril Coast between Cascais and Guincho Beach surrounded by the sea and golf courses Senhora da Guia is an unique location The rooms and sitting areas dis
- SANA Estoril Hotel (from €52.80)
With a magnificent view over the Atlantic Ocean this hotel is ideally located for a walk on the beach a golf match or a visit to the famous Estoril Casino. Only 20 km away from Lisbon and 300 metres f
- Saboia Estoril Hotel (from €30.80)
Boasting elegant and refined rooms decorated in a typically Portuguese style well located with stunning sea views. Just 1 km from the single biggest casino in Europe 200 m from the train station 25 mi
- Pestana Cascais Ocean Conference Aparthotel (from €88.00)
The Hotel Pestana Cascais is considered one of the most modern and best-equipped 4 star hotels on the Lisbon Estoril Coast. - It is located on the ocean front with magnificent views over the ocean swi
- Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf (from €114.40)
Traditional style in a Classic setting Totally renovated in 2006 Since the 1930's Hotel Palácio Estoril has been welcoming guests from the four corners of the world.Splendid classical surroundings of
In and around Cascais
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