Why visit Cascais
Cascais and its spectacular coastline are a must-see destination for any visitor to Portugal. Flanked on two sides by the Atlantic Ocean, the region is located just 25 km from Lisbon and its international airport, stretching west in a rectangle from Carcavelos to Guincho Beach. Nearby stands the imposing Cabo da Roca, mainland Europe’s most westerly point.
With its mild year-round climate, the Portuguese Riviera (as the region is known) offers a surprising variety of landscapes and attractions, combining a wide range of possibilities in one very unique destination. From pure leisure to business, golf, sun, sea and water sports, it simply has it all and offers a new definition of the concepts of eco- and activity-based tourism.
Since the end of the eighteenth century, the region staged many important episodes of Portuguese history as Cascais was chosen by the Portuguese Royal Family to become its summer residence.
By that time medical doctors from several countries of Europe had advocated the therapeutical advantages of sea baths, the seaside season became a social event and the region transformed itself into a fashionable seaside resort.
Upgrading the area’s luxury and tradition, to the Portuguese Riviera came members of the European high society, such as exiled kings, writers, famous artists and bankers during the Second World War. It also became the main destination for British, Japanese and German spies, like the British spy and writer Ian Flemming.