Cascais, transformed from a sleepy fishing village not so long ago, is today the most upmarket summer playground, catering not only to the wealthy Portuguese, but rich clientele from other parts of Europe and the world over. Its picturesque location, just off the Atlantic Coast and less than an hour’s ride from the capital Lisbon, has made turned Cascais into a sophisticated hot spot on the Portuguese Riviera, especially for those tourists who don’t mind to spend that extra dollar for high class accommodation and entertainment.
The pretty coastal town of Cascais, has always had the reputation of a fashionable and high end resort destination since way back in 1870. Needless to say, the staying options in this idyllic town are countless, but the two hotels which really stand apart from the others are the Albatroz and Senhora da Guia. While the Albatroz occupies the prized location on a headland, between the two best beaches of Cascais, the Senhora is located within the spectacular Sintra Cascais Natural Park.
The transport service all over Portugal is extremely efficient, but for a first timer, there could be major hurdles, especially when travelling with children or lots of baggage. In Cascais, you can actually pre book an affordable premium vehicle transfer through KiwiTaxi, say at Lisbon airport to bring you, your family and your baggage to your desired destination, much much faster than the buses, trains, taxis or shuttles available. KiwiTaxi undertakes transfers from Estoril, Sintra, Fatima and Portimao to Cascais as well.
A lazy afternoon in Cascais is ideally spent in the lagoon, adjacent to the Museu Condes de Castro Guimarães. For the culture buffs, a visit to the Cidadela, to view the contemporary art exhibits, is highly recommended. There is nothing better to do after sundown, than sipping a cocktail or two at the rooftop bar in Hotel Baia, which incidentally overlooks the main beach, and then wanders about in the back lanes of this polished holiday resort.
When to go
Though the weather can be very unpredictable in the winter season, Cascais generally enjoys a pleasant climate from spring to autumn. If you want to avoid the crowds, it is advisable to visit Cascais in the low season. In spite of the reputation of being very costly, the facilities and accommodation become quite affordable from late autumn, through to spring.
The Old Town, with its sleepy squares has retained its old world charm. It has some excellent pavement cafes and some good museums. The Marina, as the name suggests, lies next to the harbour and is bustling with expensive restaurants and bars.
Although not a large town, Cascais offers a unique holiday experience because of the wealth of attractions it has. Everything which one may ask for of a five star vacation retreat and much more is there in this charming place. Whether you are a beach bum or a history lover, a holiday in Cascais will be one memorable experience, you are unlikely to forget. The golden beaches and historic landmarks make Cascais one of the most visited towns of Portugal.
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