Only half an hour away from the capital city of Lisbon, Cascais is one of the most charming and exclusive villages in Portugal. It’s well known for its cultural and sporting events, and also for its history. This place has so much to offer that we don’t even know where to begin.
This fishing village slowly became the village for the nobility, the home for all the exiled kings or even their vacation residence. From King Umberto II of Italy, to the Spanish Royal family and the last Portuguese monarchs, they all mingled here!
What about now? Well, now this place is famous for its amazing beaches and surf spots, an avid sailing community, hundreds of amazing restaurants, fresh fish, and even for one of the most amazing Casinos in Europe.
Getting around Cascais
It’s very easy to visit and live in Cascais when it comes to transportation. You have the train (it can take you all the way from Cascais to Lisbon in 30 minutes), the local buses (BusCas), free bikes for you to use (BiCas), or even Segways for rent in the city centre.
There’s also another bus service making regular trips to and from the airport, as well as Sintra.
Living in Cascais: rental rates
Cascais is one of the most expensive places to live in Portugal. That means it is also expensive to rent a place here too. Uniplaces has offers ranging from €550 for a studio, to €1700 for a 2-bedroom apartment.
One place to eat:
Try the original Santini Ice Cream shop next to the train station, you must do it! As for complete meals, you can’t really get it wrong in Cascais. We suggest eating at Cascas. It’s a small place by the beach, where you can try lots of different traditional snacks at an affordable price.
One place to drink:
One place to study:
There are many places to study but… “when in Rome”: the best place is the beach. You can study on the beach or in the beach cafés and restaurants. Normally not that busy in the afternoon and you get to soak up the sun!
One place to go:
Guincho beach! Get yourself a bike (you can rent them for free) and enjoy a trip along the coastline to this magnificent beach.
Don’t miss these spots either:
- Paula Rego’s Museum
- The Casino’s gardens
- Marshal Carmona’s Park