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How to Spend 3 Days in Cascais

How to Spend 3 Days in Cascais

The one-time sleepy fishing village of Cascais is now one of Portugal’s most-attractive coastal playgrounds, luring sun worshippers with its golden beaches and historic landmarks. Soak up its architectural charms, taste regional wines, and explore nearby towns. Here are a few ways to spend three days in Cascais.

Day 1: Get Acquainted

Spend your first day getting your bearings and soaking up the sights of Cascais. It’s a small town so you can quickly learn about its history and culture on a sightseeing tour with a guide who can explain Cascais’ transformation from fishing village to modern day seaside resort. Most tours visit historic landmarks such as the Cascais Palace (Palácio da Cidadela de Cascais) and citadel (Citadela de Caiscais), as well as the town’s lavish mansions. Soak up the scenery of the Portuguese Riviera with a walk along the promenade that connects Cascais to the nearby town of Estoril, which is known for its glitzy casino and as a former haunt of rich Lisboetas.

You’ll likely have worked up an appetite, so indulge in a meal and glass of wine with a view at one of the town’s many waterfront restaurants, and then head for Gelados Santini ice cream parlor for dessert.

Day 2: Wine or Waves

Spend your second day on a food- and wine-tasting tour that introduces you to the delicate flavors of coastal Portugal. Typical tours visit the 18th-century Carcavelos Winery to explore its vineyards and cellars while learning about the production of its wines, from grape to glass. These tours typically include tastings of local wines and lunch, offering the chance to enjoy regional cuisine.

For more adventurous thrill-seekers, catch some waves with a surfing lesson on one of the best surfing beaches in the Lisbon area. Whether you are an experienced surfer or trying it for the first time, a guided tour can take you to surf spots at either Praia do Guincho or Praia do Carcavelos. Instructors typically determine which beach to surf depending on your experience level and the day’s surfing conditions.

Day 3: Sintra or Fátima

Cascais’ location makes it easy to explore nearby attractions such as the city of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or the religiously significant town of Fátima. Learn about the history of Sintra on a guided full-day trip while admiring the city’s 19th-century Romantic architecture, including many castles and estates. These tours often also include a stop at Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Europe, and the seaside cliffs of Boca do Inferno.

Fátima is famed for the appearance of the Virgin Mary in 1917, and its Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima is an important place of Catholic pilgrimage. A full-day tour from Cascais allows you time to visit the Sanctuary and learn more about this significant moment in Fátima’s history. On the way back, some tours visit the fishing village of Nazaré, known for having the biggest surf waves in the world, and the medieval town of Óbidos.

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Small group tour Romantic Sintra & amazing Cabo da Roca & Cascais - from Cascais

Small group tour Romantic Sintra & amazing Cabo da Roca & Cascais - from Cascais

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Discover the beauty of Sintra and Cascais on a full-day tour of the area. Join a small group and head into the Sintra mountains for a day exploring the enchanting town. Take guided tours of the colorful Pena Palace and unique Quinta da Regaleira as well as a quick tour of the charming city center. Then, head out to the coast to visit Roca Cape, Boca do Inferno, and Cascais.
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  • 7 hours
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Cascais: Glamour, Luxury and Decay by The Lisbon Coastline

Cascais: Glamour, Luxury and Decay by The Lisbon Coastline

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Explore the quaint seaside village of Cascais on a private tour from Lisbon. Learn from your guide about the former fishermen’s village that is steeped in history and has undergone a number of changes through the centuries. See historic landmarks, admire the stunning scenery of the Portuguese Riviera, and walk along the coast between Cascais and Estoril.
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Estoril, Cascais or Sintra Private Transfer to Lisbon

Estoril, Cascais or Sintra Private Transfer to Lisbon

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Skip the long lines for taxis and the hassle of navigating public transportation when you depart to Lisbon Airport, Port or Train Station Gare Oriente. Book this private transfer and travel in comfort and safety from your Estoril, Cascais or Sintra hotel with a professional driver. Enjoy a hassle-free private transfer from your Estoril, Cascais or Sintra hotel, and experience a personal meet and greet. Sit back and relax in comfort in an air-conditioned vehicle and get useful tips.
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Small group tour - The Beautiful Cascais

Small group tour - The Beautiful Cascais

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Explore the highlights of Cascais on a small-group tour that weaves together natural beauty, culture, and history to create a vibrant picture of Portugal perfect for visitors with limited time in the region. Plus, with a driver to navigate the coastal roads and a guide to lead you to the most authentic spots in the local villages, you can discover the easy-to-overlook treasures of the region.
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  • 5 hours
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Surf Experience in Cascais, Lisbon

Surf Experience in Cascais, Lisbon

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Take your surfing to the next level during your time in Portugal with this surf class in Cascais. Join a small group and head to either Guincho or Carcavelos—both very good beaches for surfing. Learn the basics—from paddling out to positioning on the board to balancing on your board—before heading into the water. Then, take to the water and try to catch some waves while your instructor looks on. `
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