Like Saint Tropez Cascais makes use of the image of the yachts, palm trees in the scarcely perceptible wind blowing and sports cars with roof tearing through the streets. Many wealthy English and French have their holiday here, but the town is also the perfect day trip if you stay in Lisbon.
From Lisbon to Cascais
From the train station Cais do Sodre in Lisbon you can take a direct train towards Cascais. This popular resort is just outside Lisbon and is a favorite retreat for the wealthy from countries like England and France. The train from Cais do Sodré follows the coastline and takes you past beach resorts like Estoril Oeiras before to arrive at Cascais.
Most tourists go down to Cascais to lie on the beach and enjoying the sunshine. Obviously you can go to the beach near the center and the station, but if you have a car available you better go to Guicnho and more specifically the Praia Abamo.
Casa da Guia
Whoever wants quality food with a pleasant atmosphere will combine a visit to Cascais with the Casa da Guia, a center with several bars and restaurants overlooking the sea. It's an absolute hit with both locals and tourists. Having a drink while watching the sunset.
A Carvoaria was recommended to us by people of Cascais. It's a local restaurant known for its excellent steaks and is visited mainly by English tourists. Although A Carvoaria a steak house with predominantly African specialties, it is one of the culinary attractions of Cascais. The Obama Steak, prepared with a sauce of blueberries, is highly recommended.
Cascais is normally not the city you must visit if you are interested in culture. Yet there are some cultural landmarks are all in the same part of Cascais located.
Museu Conde de Castro Guimarães
Museu Conde de Castro Guimarães is an extraordinary building that combines different materials and styles. At first it looks like a feudal castle, on the other you are confronted with Manueline, Moorish and Renaissance influences. It was built around 1900 by Jorge O'Neill, but due to financial difficulties, he sold it to Manuel de Castro Guimarães that it completely rebuilt. After his death, Manuel de Castro Guimarães left the castle to the municipality of Cascais. Since then it serves as a museum. You'll find furniture in all styles Louis, Chinese porcelain, beautiful tiles, the prehistoric finds from the Gruta Alapraia, Roman objects, etc. There is also an impressive library that includes the possession of the manuscript dating from 1505 to the Cronica D. Alfonso Henriques.
Farol de Santa Maria
The Farol de Santa Maria is located near the Museu de Castro Guimarães that both together can easily be visited. Inside the lighthouse are paintings from the 16th century.