Inaugurated in the 1940s, the Parque Marechal Carmona is credited to Viscount da Gandarinha, who built it as a romantic garden. The park which serves as a host to Condes de Castro Guimarães is characterized by a rich flora, water features, flowerbeds and lush green lawns. On Saturdays, the park is a host to the Cascais Organic Market, where you can buy regional cakes, jams, vegetables, fresh fruits and many more.
The beautiful Guincho Beach is one of Portugal's most popular oceanfront spots and is a part of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. Surfing enthusiasts throng to this picturesque beach and it is also a great spot for kitesurfing and windsurfing. If you aren't really into water sports, you can just stop by to watch the sunset. A few movies have been filmed here and the beach also plays host to many BodyBoarding and the Portuguese National Surfing Championships throughout the year. The nearby Orbitur Point is a popular camping spot.
Boca do Inferno is a breathtaking natural wonder located close to the center of Cascais. The beauty of the waves crashing against the rocks below is astounding and is quite worth the walk. The main path offers sublime views of the ocean. After being awed by the Boca do Inferno you can head to the many restaurants and bars lining the surrounding area. One can also find delectable sweet treats sold by the wandering snack vendors. Promising an unforgettable experience, Boca do Inferno is a must-visit spot.
Though intimate in expanse, Praia da Rainha is a picturesque beach in Cascais. Christened after Dona Amelia, the last queen of the country, this serene beach is a must-visit spot for visiting outdoor enthusiasts. Allow the golden sand and the sapphire water to lure you at this calming spot. During summers, one can enjoy a swim here. You can also head to the several bars, cafes, restaurants and shops nearby to refuel and replenish. What was once the private beach of a royalty is now a bustling town beach, awaiting your arrival.
Set within the cove of Santa Marta, the Condes de Castro Guimarães Museum is an exemplar of revivalist architectural style. Complementing the sublime location of the museum is its eclectic collection of displays. Home to an impressive collection of artworks, rare pieces and myriad archaeological remains, the museum is a haven for art connoisseurs and history buffs. The noteworthy library of the museum houses historic manuscripts, dating back to 1505. The adjoining garden makes for an inviting spot too.
Opened in 2000, Casa das Histórias Paula Rego is home to the impressive paintings of renowned artist Paula Rego. Designed by Souto De Moura, the architectural design of the building reflects the regional style. The striking red pyramid-shaped towers mark the landscape of the town, luring many an art connoisseur here. Comprising multiple wings, the museum houses hundreds of pieces from the artist’s 50-year long illustrious career. Do head to Casa das Histórias Paula Rego to be mesmerized by sublime artwork.
Câmara Municipal is a beautiful block facade building located along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean close to the Ribeira Beach. This historic building has some interesting architectural features and is the heart of the town and is the seat of the local governing body. A trip to the Câmara Municipal can be combined with a visit to the beach for an enjoyable day.
The bay of Cascais attracts many tourists, inviting them to rest and appreciate the sea and the beach. You can take a walk on the beach or take a little bit of sun. The sights are simply magnificent, the buildings like small palaces. This area is also rich in bars, restaurants and monuments.
Located at the Largo da Assunção, Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Assunção (Church of Our Lady of the Assumption) is a well preserved 16th-century church made of single nave. The interior of the church is highlighted with blue and white tile panels, gilded alters and paintings by renowned artist of the 17th Century, Josefa de Óbidos. A great place to admire the artistic history of the city, call or visit their website for more information.
If you yearn authentic cultural experiences, a walk along the Centro Histórico will provide just that. Nestled in the heart of Cascais, the alluring center of the town allows for a leisurely wanderings. Replete with pedestrian streets and numerous quaint shops and eateries, the historic center is a charming haven for history buffs and culture enthusiasts. The center is also studded with bronze statues. Do head to the Centro Histórico to witness the quintessential charm of Cascais in all its glory.