in Greater Lisbon, we find the region of Cascais and Estoril. We cannot talk about these places without mentioning their beaches, culture, gastronomy, beautiful landscapes and, of course, tradition.
Anchored in the meanders of the local culture, these are places where you can experience Portuguese hospitality, in an environment that mixes luxury and simplicity. These tourist destinations remain side by side and open their arms to travellers, who bask in the paradisiac beaches, luxury hotels and moments of undeniable fun.
Within this region, you can find an immense diversity of options. This diversity - which appeals to travellers as well as to the locals - is visible due to the immense offer of leisure and restaurant facilities, but also for its heritage, which includes museums and numerous monuments.
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1. Visiting Cascais and Estoril
Churches, ruins, chapels, fortresses and stately mansions: in Cascais and Estoril you can find a bit of everything.
It is strongly recommended to visit the Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Graça and Nossa Senhora da Nazaré; the Lighthouse of Santa Maria; the Fort of São Pedro do Estoril; Santa Maria Casa; and the five Roman Villas, namely Outeiro de Polima, Alto do Cidreira, Villa Romana de Freiria, Miroiços and Casais Velhos.
If you wish to know more about the town of Cascais, it will also be interesting to visit the Vila Museum and the Lighthouse Museum of Santa Marta. You will also be delighted with the Histórias Paula Rego Casa and the World Press Cartoon.
2. A down-to-earth region
Some of the great appeals of this region are its beaches. Highly respected by travellers, the white sandy beaches are kissed by the Atlantic Ocean, allowing you to relax with the sound of the summer waves whilst enjoying the mild and sunny climate.
Among the best-known beaches you will find Guincho Beach and Duquesa Beach. Still, we recommend that, if you have the opportunity, do not miss the sunset on the beautiful Abano Beach.
In addition to the beaches, this region is also known for its parks, which will invite you to family picnics. Visit, for example, the Sintra-Cascais National Park or the Gandarinha Park.
Boca do Inferno is another attraction to visit. Why not stay on a terrace and accept the challenge of sampling some snails, one of the summer delicacies that the Portuguese love so much?
3. When the night falls
After the sunset, Cascais and Estoril do not go to sleep. You will find a beautiful and varied nightlife. In the town of Cascais you can have a coffee in the beautiful Marina or choose a bar where live music will take you to the warm voice of the region.
If you prefer, you can still go out and have fun at the Casino do Estoril, where you can gamble or simply see some of the shows on display.
4. Incomparable Flavours
Being a populous and tourist region, many establishments invite you to taste the best of Portuguese cuisines.
In the region of Cascais and Estoril you can get to know the best sea flavours. The emphasis will, of course, be on seafood. In the region, crabs, crayfish, shrimps, barnacles and lobster are prepared with exquisite care for the lovers of good food.
Sweets can be tasted in the famous Santini gelato. Here, homemade ice-creams will help refresh the hottest afternoons and invite you to take a stroll through the centre of Cascais town.