Cascais is a coastal town 30 kilometers West of Lisbon with about 33000 residents. The coast of Cascais is famous for its mild and pleasant micro climate. In the past, it has been the residence of European royalties. The former fishing village gained fame as a resort for Portugal's royal family in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Nowadays it is a popular vacation spot for both Portuguese and foreign tourists.

Today there is a large yacht harbor and several small sand beaches in and around town. It has the ruins of a castle, an art and sea museum as well as parks and the charming cobbled streets of the historic center. The town has many hotels and tourist apartments as well as many good restaurants of varying cost. It is a fine base to use for those visiting Lisbon and its environs who prefer to stay outside of the city yet in an equally urban and sophisticated environment.

The municipality also hosts international tennis and motorcycling events and hosted for many years the FIA F1 Portugal Grand Prix. The famous Estoril Casino is one of the largest in Europe. Near the casino is the "Hotel Palácio" (Palace Hotel), a 5 star hotel where scenes of 007 were shot.


How to Reach Cascais

International flights arrive at the Lisbon Airport. Further information about flights to and from Lisbon International Airport can be found at the airport website

There are Airport Shuttle buses running between the airport and Cascais.(Original website in Portuguese)(Translation)

Cascais is easily reached from Lisbon by car (A5 Lisboa - Cascais highway).

There is also an Aerobus leaving the airport towards Lisbon City Center every 20 minutes, starting 07:45 am until 8:15 pm. You have to leave at the last stop, the train station Cais do Sodré. From Cais do Sodré train station, commuter trains to Cascais are available at inexpensive rates.

Taxi service is also available at an approximate cost of € 50,00.