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Catered Villas Cascais area - Portugal
Sightseeing, sea and sophistication
Cascais and Estoril, or the coast north of Lisbon, became one of the most sophisticated and touristy places in Portugal ever since King Luís I chose the bay for his summer residence in the late 19th century. The coastal settlement of Cascais originated in the 12th century, depending administratively on the town of Sintra to the north. The mild climate and an annual average of 260 rainless days, hot summer days and cool summer nights, makes it the ideal high-season destination for travellers, while early and late season dates offer slightly more moderate conditions. With a little forward planning you can make sure the conditions are perfect for your preferred activities from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave. Cascais offers a wealth of accommodation for every budget and taste. Whether you are looking for a central location, a view of the marina or an isolated seafront setting, hotels and luxury villas for rent in Cascais cover all the bases. There are many private accommodation options in and around the town centre, from stately private villas and cottages belonging to a bygone era, to modern luxury hotels offering every amenity and designed with comfort in mind.
Cascais is a coastal town and a municipality in Portugal, 30 kilometres west of Lisbon. The almost 100 square km Cascais area is an excellent setting in terms of nature, culture and heritage. Estoril is a destination with a life of its own, offering a variety of experiences, with dreamy Sintra and the capital just a short trip away. Romantic, cosmopolitan, full of activities and with an inimitable character, the area is where Lisbon meets the sea. Considered by many to be the Portuguese Riviera, Estoril and Cascais are full of charm and allure. The attractions of this region are not limited to the sea and the astonishing coastline. The historical heritage is one of the great interests of the area, with significant architectural and imaginative works. There is a wide variety of cultural activities to ensure that you are never lost for interesting things to do. To get there, follow the waterfront road from Lisbon to Cascais or take the train. It is a very scenic route. Visitors fill the hotels in Cascais every year, coming from all over Portugal and beyond to come together with the rich and famous in its new marina, explore the living architectural museum that is Sintra and relax on its golden sandy beaches.
Set right in the heart of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, there are many things to do in Cascais and a lot of adventure right on your doorstep. Beaches in Cascais are wonderfully varied, including sheltered sandy coves perfect for family bathing. Take time to explore the charming Old Town with its many period mansions and the sparkling new marina, a mark of Cascais’ dedication to the sea and all that marine life stands for as well as a symbol of its future. Restaurants in Cascais offer something for everyone, from sushi and sashimi to traditional Portuguese seafood soup with some carefully selected wine lists. The next town to the east of Cascais is the resort town of Estoril with its popular Casino. You can walk to Estoril from Cascais along the beachfront esplanade, passing many beachside bars and restaurants. To the north and within easy reach is the romantic and mesmerizing town of Sintra and which was made famous to foreigners after a glowing account of its splendours recorded by Lord Byron. Nightlife in Cascais is varied and has something for everyone.
Within easy reach of Cascais is the famous beach at Guincho with its high waves that attract windsurfers, surfers and body boarders from all around the world as having some of the best rollers in Europe. The marina area is very active. Sailing enthusiasts will find sailing schools open at the weekend, while regular competitions and leisure vessels can always be seen around Cascais Bay. On some of the beaches, it is very easy to hire boats and go water-skiing. Cascais was the official host of the ISAF World Championship in sailing for dinghies and racing yachts. The Autódromo do Estoril, the most important racetrack in the country, hosts spectacular national and international races. Numerous golf courses are located in the area, the majority of which are designed by the world’s best architects. The mild and pleasant climate offers perfect golfing conditions right through the year. The municipality also hosts international tennis and motorcycling events and for many years hosted the FIA F1 Portugal Grand Prix. Deep-sea fishing trips from Cascais are suitable for beginnings and those who are experienced and fish regularly.