Historically Cascais was a minor fishing port that is situated on the western edge of the beautiful Lisbon coastline.
A historical and prosperous town filled with grand houses and carefully maintained parks, established as a holiday destination since the early 19th century, when King Fernando II (1816-1885) proclaimed Cascais as his favoured destination for his summer retreat and encouraged the 19th century high-society of Europe to flock to Cascais as well.
At the heart of Cascais is the pretty Old Town that has retained its traditional Portuguese character and heritage and overlooks the fishing harbour, filled with family owned restaurants, open-air cafes and stylish bars - ideal for relaxing during the hot summer days or socialising late into the night.
There is a lively and social atmosphere about the town, while it is only a short walk to glorious sandy beaches, or that follow the beach promenade to Estoril, a town on the Portuguese Riviera that, during the second World War, was the centre of spies and diplomatic secrecy and several dignitaries and exiles came to Estoril, like the regente of Hungary, the Count of Barcelona and the King Umberto II of Italy and the Queen Carol II of Romania. Estoril is also popularly recognized for its Casino, widely regarded as the Europe's largest casino.
Near by the scenic coastal walks along the cliffs to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost tip of mainland Europe, that certainly worth the trip to stand on the last remaining outpost before the Atlantic gives way to the exciting shores of the new world.
Surrounding Cascais are two contrasting coastlines; the northern wild and rugged surfing beaches and the family friendly beaches that extend to the east. Guincho beach is considered as one of the finest surfing beaches of western Portugal and is set amidst the stunning scenery of the Serra de Sintra Natural Park.