Cascais, a famed holiday resort of the Portuguese Royal Family until the early 1900’s. Cascais is a beautiful beach town on Portugal’s Atlantic Costa Estoril. Having slowly developed from a quaint fishing village to both a sophisticated suburb of the Portuguese capital and lively beach resort, Cascais has maintained its distinctive culture and quaint atmosphere, whist providing all the facilities, entertainment and culture to create a perfect location to take a rental villa.
Cascais has developed from a quiet fishing village into a young suburb of Lisbon, where the stylish and diverse nightlife keep the town’s youthful atmosphere. The restaurants and cafes serve only the freshest and most local seafood, and the grilled sardines are an essential delicacy for anyone staying in a self catering Cascais villa, and can be bought fresh from the daily markets. There are a number of shopping centres in and around Cascais, and the closer into Lisbon you get, the larger the shopping centres become.
Cascais is known for its little town beaches like the popular Praia da Rainha and Conceicao. However, from a Cascais villa, the 15 minute walk down the outstanding modern promenade from Cascais takes you to the idyllic beach of Sao Joao. Alternatively, a short drive takes you to the famous the excellent surfing beach of Praia da Guincho, where long sand dunes and majestic caves form the backdrop to the wide expanses of golden sands. The Sintra-Cascais Natural Park has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, and is undoubtedly deserving of the award.
The centre of town is a bustling yet quaint place to relax when staying in a holiday rental in Cascais, and there are plenty of small cafes and restaurants to choose from. The beautiful Palacio de Conde de Castro Guimaraes has been open to the public for many years, where the pre-historic finds of Grutas de Alapraia are found. Boca do Inferno is a magnificent natural attraction along the coast, where the huge Atlantic waves collide with the rocky coastline forming huge caves and spectacular blow holes.
Golfing holidays to a holiday rental villa in Cascais will certainly not disappoint. With demanding courses in Estoril, Penha Longa and Quinta de Beloura among others, there are plenty of scenic fairways to test the expert or learner.
Estoril, a few miles along the Costa Estoril is a coastal haven, offering some of the finest sandy beaches, seafood restaurants and links golf course on the Atlantic coast. The Estoril Casino, the largest in Europe is a huge draw for holiday makers staying in rental property in Cascais.
Sintra, a ‘glorious Eden’, is a magnificent place to sample the rich history of the Costa Estoril. The Royal Palaces of Palacio da Pena and the Moorish fortress of Castelo dos Mouros make for an excellent afternoon trip from any rental accommodation in Cascais.
Wirth glorious summers lasting from May until late September, a holiday villa in Cascais basks in sunshine for much of the year. Average temperatures in the summer hover around the 30˚C mark, ideal for beaches, yet not too hot to play golf or enjoy the rich natural and cultural heritage of Cascais.
Lisbon Airport (LIS) receives daily flights from 26 British airports, and with so many providers fighting for your custom, there are a huge range of cheap flights to Cascais available.