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Cascais

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Added on 20 Aug 2016,

last edited by »biroto-Redaktion« on 20 Sep 2016

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Type of sights

Old town

 

Name and address

Cascais

PT-2750 Cascais

Geodetic coordinates

38.698396 -9.420235

Communication

Cidadela de Cascais
Cidadela de Cascais
Farol Santa Marta (left) and Casa de Santa Maria (right) at Cascais.
Farol Santa Marta (left) and Casa de Santa Maria (right) at Cascais.
Town Square in Cascais
Town Square in Cascais
Boca do Inferno (Mouth of Hell) at Cascais
Boca do Inferno (Mouth of Hell) at Cascais

Cascais is beach town in the Lisbon Region Wikivoyage Icon of Portugal, located at the end of the mouth at the end of the mouth of the River Tagus as it meets the ocean, with spectacular beaches to be found on its Atlantic shorelines. The combination of maritime leisurely charm, startegic position and location close to Lisbon made it a favourite residence of the Portuguese royal family and several other nobles and one of Portugal's first holiday resorts.

Dominated by the bay and the imposing Cidadela fort, the historic centre is brimming with architectural treasures of a religious, military and civil nature. Likewise, the museums of the Sea, Casa das Histórias de Paula Rego, and the Municipal Museum Condes de Castro Guimarães are also must-see attractions.

See

  • Boca do Inferno, Av. Rei Humberto II Italia (Walk or ride a bike a long the footpath between the marina and Av. Republica). Just outside the town is the famous Boca do Inferno in which the sea on rougher days hammers into the rock and creates a booming noise and a spectacular spray thus creating its name which in English means "mouth of hell". The English occultist Aleister Crowley faked his death there in 1930. Free.
  • Palácio de Conde de Castro Guimarães, Av. Rei Humberto II de Itália Parque Marechal Camona 2750-319 Cascais. One of the most outstanding palaces is the Palácio de Conde de Castro Guimarães that is open to the public and exhibits its own grand private collection that includes over 25,000 books and such rarities as an illustrated book by Duarte Galvão(1455-1517).
  • Museu do Mar Rei D. Carlos (Museu do Mar), R. Júlio Pereira de Mello 2750 Cascais. On a much more modest scale is the Museu do Mar that depicts the story of Cascais and its fishing history.
  • Parque Palmela. The Parque Palmela is an attractive park created by the Duques de Palmela and now maintained by the Town Hall and in which open-air concerts are often held.
  • Guincho beach (Praia do Guincho). Within easy reach of Cascais is the famous beach at Guincho with its high waves that attract windsurfers from all around the world as having some of the best rollers in Europe.

Cascais is the dormitory of the Lisbon international working community and the "younger set" who enjoy the diverse and sophisticated nightlife.There is a famous beach and casino in Estoril.

Also, most of the pre-historic finds from the Grutas de Alapraia are stored here.

These were a series of underground caves only discovered in the late 19th Century.

The Grutus do Poço Velho are located in the centre of the town and date back to the Neolithic period.

Today, Cascais now boasts a smart new Marina with lovely yachts adding a further attraction to the town.

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Nearby cycle routes and tours

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EuroVelo: Atlantic Coast Route - Part France to Portugal

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Caminhos do Mar

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Atlantic cost route - part of Spain and Portugal

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Lissabon - Caminha

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Added on 20 Aug 2016,

last edited by »biroto-Redaktion« on 20 Sep 2016