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How to Spend 2 Days in Cascais

How to Spend 2 Days in Cascais

Two days based in Cascais allow you time to thoroughly explore the town and its coastline; get a sense of its history and culture; and venture on a day trip to nearby Sintra. Here’s how to spend two days in one of Portugal’s most charming coastal towns.

Day 1: Explore Cascais

**Morning:**Check off Cascais’ major attractions, including its forts and lavish mansions, on a sightseeing tour led by a guide who can fill you in on its history. Some tour itineraries include a walk along the coast to the once-glamorous casino resort town of nearby Estoril.

**Afternoon:**Spend your afternoon catching waves on one of the best surfing beaches in the Lisbon area. Guided tours with instructors travel to surf spots at either Praia do Guincho or Praia do Carcavelos, depending on your skill level and current conditions.

**Night:**Conclude an action-packed first day in Cascais with a seafood dinner, a glass of wine, and a view at one of the town’s many waterfront restaurants. Make sure to leave room for dessert: Gelados Santini ice cream parlor is considered the best in the area.

Day 2: Discover Sintra

**Morning:**Cascais’ location makes it an ideal base from which to explore. Travel to nearby Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in about 30 minutes by car or 90 minutes by train or bus. Learn the history of the city from your guide while strolling the streets and admiring the 19th-century Romantic architecture, including many castles, estates, and palaces. 

**Afternoon:**To see more than just city sites, book a full-day tour with transportation from Cascais included. These tours often stop at Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Europe, and the seaside cliffs of Boca do Inferno (Mouth of Hell) where you can see the waves of the Atlantic Ocean plunging into an ancient cave, now collapsed due to erosion. 

**Night:**After dinner, sample the city’s popular almond cream puff pastry, known as a travesseiro. If on a guided day trip, you’ll arrive back in Cascais with time for dinner as well as a taste of the nightlife scene on your last day.

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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
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$37.56
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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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$75.13
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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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Surf Experience in Cascais, Lisbon

Surf Experience in Cascais, Lisbon

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Take your surfing to the next level during your time in Portugal with this surf class in Cascais. Join a small group and head to either Guincho or Carcavelos—both very good beaches for surfing. Learn the basics—from paddling out to positioning on the board to balancing on your board—before heading into the water. Then, take to the water and try to catch some waves while your instructor looks on. `
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  • 2 hours
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