Set between the Atlantic Ocean and the historic pine-covered hills of Sintra, Cascais has been a beloved destination for European visitors and Portuguese elite since the late 19th century. The charming oceanfront town, just 25 kilometres from the capital, Lisbon, invites you to enjoy the leafy landscape and the heritage, to relax and chill out.
Cascais has a long and colourful history. It returned to prominence in 1870 when the Portuguese royal family established its summer residence at the Citadel of Cascais, an ancient fortification whose original mission was to defend the port city. Twenty years later, a railway was opened to link the prestigious town to Lisbon, and to this day it remains the easiest and way to travel between the two locations.
Visitors will enjoy the wonderful townscapes and verdant surrounds, the historic and cultural heritage of the region, and almost 15 kilometres of beaches and oceanfront along which to discover nature’s bounty.