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How to Spend 1 Day in Cascais

How to Spend 1 Day in Cascais

The once-sleepy fishing village of Cascais has transformed itself into one of Portugal’s most-attractive coastal playgrounds, luring sun worshippers with its golden beaches. Whether you are visiting on a day trip from Lisbon or spending the night, here’s how to make the most of one day in Cascais.

Morning: See the Sights

Soak up the sights and learn the history of Cascais on a sightseeing tour that explains the town’s transformation from fishing village to court’s town in the late 19th century, to today’s modern seaside resort. Most tours visit historic landmarks such as the Cascais Citadel (Citadela de Caiscais) and palace (Palácio da Cidadela de Cascais), as well as the town’s lavish mansions. For stunning scenery of the Portuguese Riviera, walk along the coast to nearby Estoril, where you can glimpse the faded glamour of this one-time luxurious haunt of the rich and famous, known for its glitzy casino.

Afternoon: Catch Some Waves

Whether you are brand-new to surfing or an experienced surfer, you should not miss the chance to catch a wave in Cascais, home to some of the best surfing beaches in the Lisbon area. Guided tours typically include transportation from Cascais to surf spots at Praia do Guincho or Praia do Carcavelos. Both beaches are around 20 minutes away by car. Instructors choose the appropriate location for the lesson based on your level of surfing experience and skills, as well as the day’s surfing conditions.

Night: Enjoy Dinner and Dessert

Back in Cascais, having worked up an appetite, you can take your pick from the many restaurants. Seafood dishes are prevalent, but you’ll find plenty of other options, from steaks to vegetarian plates. Try to find a spot at a restaurant on the waterfront for dinner with a view. Afterward, if you are in the mood for dessert, stop into a popular ice cream parlor for a sweet treat. Some shops are considered the best in the Lisbon area.

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Small group tour - The Beautiful Cascais

Small group tour - The Beautiful Cascais

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Explore the highlights of Cascais on a small-group tour that weaves together natural beauty, culture, and history to create a vibrant picture of Portugal perfect for visitors with limited time in the region. Plus, with a driver to navigate the coastal roads and a guide to lead you to the most authentic spots in the local villages, you can discover the easy-to-overlook treasures of the region.
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  • 5 hours
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$82.63
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$82.63
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Estoril, Cascais or Sintra Private Transfer to Lisbon

Estoril, Cascais or Sintra Private Transfer to Lisbon

Skip the long lines for taxis and the hassle of navigating public transportation when you depart to Lisbon Airport, Port or Train Station Gare Oriente. Book this private transfer and travel in comfort and safety from your Estoril, Cascais or Sintra hotel with a professional driver. Enjoy a hassle-free private transfer from your Estoril, Cascais or Sintra hotel, and experience a personal meet and greet. Sit back and relax in comfort in an air-conditioned vehicle and get useful tips.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$41.31
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Cascais: Glamour, Luxury and Decay by The Lisbon Coastline

Cascais: Glamour, Luxury and Decay by The Lisbon Coastline

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Explore the quaint seaside village of Cascais on a private tour from Lisbon. Learn from your guide about the former fishermen’s village that is steeped in history and has undergone a number of changes through the centuries. See historic landmarks, admire the stunning scenery of the Portuguese Riviera, and walk along the coast between Cascais and Estoril.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$29.99
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Surf Experience in Cascais, Lisbon

Surf Experience in Cascais, Lisbon

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Looking for a fun surf experience? Learn to surf with us in Cascais or take your surfing to the next level while getting to know some of the best and most beautiful surfing beaches in Lisbon area! Our local certified surf instructors are passionate about surfing and take having fun in the outdoors seriously. They will adapt the surf lesson to your level and will make your experience FUN, SAFE and UNIQUE! The usual surf spots are Guincho beach and Carcavelos beach but your instructors will take into account your surfing knowledge and the daily surfing conditions to choose the appropriate surf spot for you. Come have fun and catch your first wave with us!
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  • 2 hours
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$106.24
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