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Cascais is a pretty beach resort on the Estoril coast, close to Lisbon. It is one of the oldest tourist resorts in Portugal and was once the summer residence of the Portuguese royal family. The town attracts a younger crowd from Lisbon along with a large expat community of workers, resulting in an enjoyably cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Watersports are extremely popular, with everything from surfing and water skiing to paragliding. Windsurfing and sailing are also available from the marina and surrounding beaches.
Golfers are spoiled in Cascais, with many fine courses concentrated into a small area around the town.
The area around Cascais is one of outstanding beauty and there are many walking and cycling trails to enjoy in the surrounding forests and hills.
Just along the coast at Estoril is the famous motor racing circuit, which holds regular motorsport and motorcycling events.
Walk along the pretty esplanade to the fabulous casino at Estoril and enjoy a glamorous night out with the fashionable set.
Cascais is on the Atlantic coast and can get a little chilly and wet in the winter. Summer is peak season, when the town comes alive.
The nearest airport is Lisbon's Aeroporto da Portela, which has good international connections across Europe and North America. From here, you can catch the Number 1 airport bus into Lisbon for just EUR3.50, where you can make connections to Cascais. Alternatively, a taxi direct from the airport to Cascais will cost around EUR70.
The train from Lisbon's Cais do Sodré railway station to Cascais costs EUR4.00 and will take around 30 minutes.
Cascais is around 20 miles west of Lisbon on the A5, or you can take the pretty N6 coastal route.
There are regular buses from Lisbon to Cascais. The journey takes just over one hour and the single fare is EUR2.15.
The Salty Pelican is set in a traditional old house near the beach and has dorm rooms from around EUR40. For a little more luxury, try Grande Real Villa Italia, with double rooms from EUR150.
The Marina – This is a bustling area of restaurants, bars and sleek yachts in the harbor.
The Old Town – The Old Town has retained its old Portuguese charm, with sleepy squares where you can relax in a pavement cafe. It is also home to some good museums, such as Casa das Histórias de Paula Rego and the Municipal Museum Condes de Castro Guimarães as well as ancient sites dating back to neolithic times.
Estoril – This is just a short walk along the beautiful coastal esplanade. It is famous for its casino and race track and has some stylish bars and restaurants.
Cascais is small enough to be explored on foot, but the Buscas 427 service takes a useful circular route around town, with fares from EUR1.10.
Taxis are plentiful and reliable. The starting fare is EUR3.40 and you will then pay around EUR0.70 per mile.
Driving along the coast at Cascais is a pleasant experience and car hire is available from around EUR50 per day.
Cascais Villa is a small mall in the center of town with food and fashion outlets. Cascais Shopping is a larger mall outside the town center at Alcabideche. It has fashion brands such as Zara and Massimo Dutti.
A quart of milk in Cascais will cost EUR.80 and a loaf of bread EUR1.05.
You will find lots of cafes along the seafront selling Portuguese classics such as sardines from around EUR7.50. For more sophisticated seafood, try Restaurante O Pescador on Rua das Flores, where specialties like the salted cod dish bacalhau will cost around EUR25.