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
- 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
- Dolce Cascais Guest House (from €95.04)
Dolce Cascais is a charming guest house located less than 2 km from the centre of Cascais and the beach and 30 minutes away by car or train to Lisbon city centre which offers a unique concept and hosp
- 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
- Hotel Baia (from €51.61)
Less than 30 km from Lisbon on the Estoril Coast Hotel Baía has a privileged sea-front location facing the Cascais Bay and offering a fabulous view of the ocean. The recently renovated Hotel Baia is
- Casal Antigo (from €83.60)
Casal Antigo is 200 years old restaured casal that used to be the main house of a farm situated in the coast road to Cascais inside Sintra-Cascais natural park.After some modifications we have tried
- Hotel Inglaterra (from €74.80)
The Hotel Inglaterra is a charming hotel in Estoril Portugal. Located in the city center just two steps from the Tamariz's beach the Estoril Congress Center the Banyan Tree spa and thermal complex the
- Hotel Clube do Lago (from €100.32)
otel Clube do Lago is located in one of the most prestigious regions of Portugal - Monte Estoril.Built in 1988 and remodelled in 2000 the Hotel Clube do Lago (former Clube Mimosa) has a traditional ar
- Amazónia Estoril (from €90.64)
This 4-star hotel located just 1 block from Casino Estoril and less then 5 minutes from Tamariz Beach was once an elegant summer house.Now operating as a hotel Amazónia Estoril Hotel is set in privat
- Hotel Albatroz (from €101.20)
Situated on the main bay of Cascais by the beach da Conceição the elegant Hotel Albatroz was formerly a noble summer residence until its transformation into one of Portugal's top boutique hotels. Th
- Hotel Alvorada (from €44.00)
Situated near Estoril Congress Center only a few metres from Estoril Casino this 3-star hotel combines first-class service with affordable rates. Close to the train station and Tamariz Beach Hotel Alv