Cascais is a coastal town in Portugal, 30 km west of Lisbon, along the Estoril Coast. It is a cosmopolitan suburb of the Portuguese capital and is one of the richest municipalities in Portugal. The former fishing village gained fame as a resort for Portugal's royal family in the late 1800s. It is a popular vacation spot for both Portuguese and foreign tourists. Whilst it is undoubtedly the best vacation area in greater Lisbon, it is also home to many Portuguese nationals working in downtown Lisbon.

Sometimes referred to as the “Towns of Kings and Fishes”, what was once a small fishing village can now be aptly described as the Hollywood of Portugal. Many of the rich and famous own property in Cascais in order to enjoy the town’s cosmopolitan feel, its luxurious villas and fashionable shops and restaurants.  Surrounded by a variety of beaches, Cascais’ coastline stretches northwards where the Atlantic meets many rugged and wild beaches, and eastwards towards Lisbon where beaches are calmer and better equipped.

Cascais is a town suitable for investment for a number of reasons. It is at the centre of Portugal and very near to its capital. Cascais has excellent infrastructure while still having many natural assets – such as many protected natural parks and 30 km of coastline. Cascais has also excelled in terms of education. It has double the national average of people with higher education as well as the lowest school dropout rate.

From a living perspective, foreign homeowners are welcomed by the Cascais community, as the Portuguese are fundamentally embracing of diversity. A large portion of Cascais’ population is foreign and represents people from all over the world including South Africa. Additionally, many of Cascais’ residents are fluent in English, Spanish and French making it easy to communicate with locals.

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Lifestyle in Cascais

“Cascais has rocketed from sleepy fishing village to much-loved summertime playground of wave-frolickinglisboêtasever since King Luís I went for a dip in 1870. Its trio of golden bays attracts sun-worshipping holidaymakers, who come to splash in the ice-cold Atlantic.”

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Beaches

Beaches

Praia de Carcavelos is the largest and most popular beach in Cascais, overlooked by terrace-restaurants. Another beach, popular among surfers, is Guincho beach which offers some of the best surfing conditions in Europe. Cascais’ must-see natural sight, The Boca do Inferno (Mouth of Hell), is a large cave which many visitors gravitate to. It is known for its ear-thundering noise created by the waves crashing against the rocks, hence its name.

Attractions

Attractions

Some of Cascais’ allure as a destination is found in its pedestrian paved and patterned streets near its town centre, surrounded by fine restaurants, bars and shops. Popular attractions include the Church of Nossa Senhora da Assunção and the Castro Guimarães Museum which overlooks the sea and is home to a large beautiful garden, a collection of decorative art, an expansive library and many old and treasured artefacts.

Nightlife

Nightlife

The month of June brings festival season to Cascais and nearby Lisbon. Residents are bound to enjoy the festival atmosphere, dancing in the streets and an enjoyable partying scene suitable for all ages or young families. Restaurants remain open until late in the evening, serving freshly caught fish from earlier in the day, as local and fashionable clubs gain vigour. Night time activities usually continue until late into the night.

Activities

Activities

Cascais has become a popular destination for avid golfers as it has over 10 golf courses. Other activities include surfing, wind and kite surfing and sailing. With suitable wind conditions at sea, Cascais has hosted many yachting races. There are also tennis tournaments and racing events in Cascais. Another enjoyable activity includes attending the daily fish auction on Cascias’ main beach, adorned by many brightly coloured fishing boats. 

Living in Cascais

Areas near to Cascais

Algarve, Estoril, Lisbon, Silver Coast,

Economy

For such a small town in Portugal, Cascais shows impressive economic gains and has big investment potential. The economy relies heavily on services and is responsible for 2.3% of Portugal’s national GDP. Against other municipalities in Portugal, Cascais has the 4th highest number of companies per km² while also holding 4th place in the wealth municipality ranking (2009). It is also the 7th least industrialised municipality in Portugal.

Environment

Cascais is a very environmentally rich and conscious town. There are many different species of flora, and specifically varying orchid species, as well as 35 subtypes of natural habitats. Conservation techniques include planting seven trees for every child that is born in Cascais and saving 80% of energy consumption in traffic lights by implementing LED bulbs. There are also 18 ‘green spaces’ per 1000 inhabitants throughout Cascais. 

Climate

One of the many attractive prospects of living in Cascais is the climate that provides pleasant weather for 9 months of the year, starting in early spring until late autumn. The best beach days are from May to mid-September, with the height of summer being June and August. August is high season in Cascais when local schools have a month-long holiday and beaches become crowded. Winter brings big waves and is a popular among surfing enthusiasts.

Travel

There are a variety of transport options in and around Cascais. Firstly, the town itself is easily navigated by foot, but it is not uncommon to see individuals on bicycles or mopeds. The journey from Cascais to Lisbon along the railway lasts less than 30 minutes. Portugal’s largest airport in Lisbon is just 30 minutes away by car and a second airport closer to Cascais, Tired Airfield, has both domestic and international flights.

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