Cascais Tourism

Cascais tours lead you through picture-perfect fishing town. It is also one of the richest municipalities in Portugal.

The people of Cascais traditionally lived off the sea and their produce served the neighbouring city of Lisbon. Apart from fishing, the region also maintained impressive agricultural production of olive oil, fruits and cereal. At the dawn of the 20th century, the town became a summer residence to King Luis and the royal family of Portugal and thus received a fast-paced infrastructural development. Cascais’s proximity to the ocean made it an important post of defence as well.

It was King Carlos I, himself an ardent admirer of the oceans, fully recognized the town’s potential for maritime activities and set up Portugal’s first oceanographic laboratory at Cascais. It’s worth exploring the royal heritage of Cascais. The town was a favourite with the Portuguese royalty and also attracted nobility from all over the world. Visitors will find many beautiful historical mansions in the old parts of Cascais. Post World War II, many exiled royal families from across Europe found sanctuary in Cascais.

The beaches in Cascais are delightfully different from one another. Some are popular with surfers and water sport enthusiasts, some are a favourite with families looking to relax while others are wonderfully secluded and do not receive the tourist rush due to the uneven, rocky terrain. Of course, tourism in Cascais won’t be complete without some of the best variety of fresh seafood. Expose your taste buds to traditional Portuguese cooking including some sweet items such as Fofos de Belas, Travesseiros and unique confectionary items. And ask for a glass of ‘Vino Verde’ (green wine) with your meal.

Cascais is a popular day trip from Lisbon. 

Essential travel information and Cascais tips for your visit

  • If you are looking for some tranquil beach time, the weekend might not be the best time to do so. 
  • It is cheaper to purchase bus tickets at a station or ticketing kiosk rather than aboard the bus. 

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Cascais

  • Know the pollution level of Cascais before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 20 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 60.71 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 45.83 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 29.17 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 29.17 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 20.83 (Low)
  • How safe is Cascais for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Cascais.

    • Burglary and Theft 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 20.83 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 54.17 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 22.92 (Low)
    • Attacks 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 31.25 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 97.92 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 75 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 20.83 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 31.25 (Low)
    • Safety Index 78.02 (High)
    • Climate Index 98.35 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 36.26 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 15 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 74.87 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 23.98 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Cascais

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.2 USD
    • International Movie per seat 7.39 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 32.34 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 82.38 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 90.39 USD

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