Cascais is a coastal town in Portugal of 206,000 people, situated just to the west of Lisbon. In previous centuries it used to be a resort town for the Portuguese royal family, but nowadays it is a retreat for the well-to-do from Lisbon, making it one of the richest cities in the country.
Come summer time, Cascais really fills up as Lisboans flock to the beaches. If you look hard enough you might be able to secure a spot for yourself, but if you are looking for a quiet beach town Cascais is probably not it. Having said that, their quality is excellent and they do come in all shapes and sizes: from its wide white sand beaches to smaller coves surrounded by cliffs and rocks. Take note though that the Atlantic Ocean waters aren't all that warm.
If you don't fancy a swim, you are still left with a scenic ocean front including yacht harbor, the impressive Palácio de Conde de Castro Guimarães and the town's historic center with its winding streets, lined by shops and fish restaurants. Slowly but surely the town is also getting known for the large number of golf courses it is home to. [Review by travelindicator]
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- Cascais is a city in Portugal's region of Lisboa. It has a population of 206,479, is situated at an altitude of 43ft and the best airport to fly into is LIS (Portela, Lisbon)
- The currency used in Portugal is the Euro (EUR)
Other cities in the region (Lisboa, Portugal)
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