Very enjoyable, rarely very hot or very cold. During winter, average temperature during the day is around 18 °C (10 °C at night) and in summer 30 °C (18 °C at night). At times it can be windy, so whilst you can generally count on days at the beach during spring and summer, don't forget warmer clothes for the evenings and nights. You can see the official weather forecast for Cascais at Meteo Portugal.
Take a flight to Lisboa Portela Airport. From there catch the Aerobus to Cais do Sodré (last stop) and then the train to Cascais (last stop again). Total travelling time is about an hour to an hour and a half from the airport to Cascais. Thankfully distances between transportation modes are short, so you won't have to walk miles with your luggage.
From Lisbon, you can take a train in Cais Do Sodré to Cascais (last stop of the line). Pay attention with your tickets and destination, so you don't end up in "Oeiras" or "S. Pedro", which are about half the way to Cascais. The train ride has plenty to offer in the way of sea and beach views on the way, leading many to consider the trip one of the 10 best train rides in Europe.
From Lisbon, there are two ways. You have the A5 freeway and the "Marginal" N6. It's very simple, just follow the signs. The Marginal is especially recommended if you want to enjoy spectacular sea and beach views along the way.
Whilst you can get to Cascais by bus, it's more expensive and slower than by train.
If you travel by boat, Cascais has a large recreation port.
It's almost mandatory to have a seafood meal in one of the dozens of restaurants available. Cascais is a fisherman village, providing fresh fish everyday. Try "Sardinhas" or "Carapaus". Don't forget to eat a handmade ice cream in the famous Santini.
|Agarre O Momento||R. Joaquim Ereira 458||Guesthouse||93|
|Dolce Cascais Guest House||Rua Joaquim Ereira Lote - 4C, Bairro do Rosário||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Estalagem Muchaxo Hotel||Praia do Guincho||HOTEL||87|
|Guincho Surf Beachostel||Rua do Passo Mau, 33 Charneca do Guincho||Hostel||-|
|Happy Home||Rua Bem Lembrados 15||Guesthouse||-|
|Hotel Alvorada||Rua de Lisboa 3 Estoril||hotel||-|
|Hotel S. Julião||Pr. do Junqueiro, no 16||HOTEL||74|
|Lisbon Surf Camp||Alto de Murches, Rua Principal, s/nr Casa J, 2755||Hostel||-|
|HOTEL CLUBE DO LAGO||Avenida do Lago. Monte Estoril||Hotel||-|
|NavigatorsHouse||Rua dos Navegantes Lote B||GUESTHOUSE||81|
|Pergola House||Av. Valbom no 13||GUESTHOUSE||80|
|Residencial Parsi||Rua Afonso Sanches 8 , Cascais||Guesthouse||-|
|Casa Shanti Niketan||Aveinda Das Acacias, 108 Monte Estoril||Guesthouse||-|
|Yellow Cat Hostel||Rua Direita no38 Caxias 2760 042 Caxias||HOSTEL||-|
|Historical Cascais Apartment||Rua Gomes Freire L1 2 E||Apartment||-|
|Daisy's Apartment||Rua Machado dos Santos n35 5C||APARTMENT||-|
|Cascais Infante||Av. Infante D. Henrique, 960 3º A||APARTMENT||-|
|Guincho Wind Factory House||Rua do Mergulhão, nº76||Guesthouse||-|
|Little Central Hostel||Beco Torto 7||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Cascais Beach House||R. Fernandes Thomaz||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Cascais Bay Hostel||Largo Luis Camões, 38 - 2º||HOSTEL||-|
|Pedra Azul||Rua Pedra Azul 154, 9- 1 Alcabideche||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Ljmonade||Rua Manuel Joaquim Gama Machado No6||HOSTEL||-|
Wifi is common in many places in Portugal, including hotels, restaurants and coffee bars. Free wifi along the Algarve coast is available in many places. Internet cafés can still be found in most larger cities and tourist areas though.
See also: International Telephone Calls
Portugal's international telephone code is 351. The general emergency number is 112.
Each provider offers a variety of prepaid (Pré-Pagos) and contract (pós-pagos) SIM cards, both of which are available to foreigners. It generally means much lower rates for calls and especially internet. Be sure to switch off data roaming if you don't buy a local SIM card, as prices for internet are very high.
CTT is the national postal service of Portugal. It has relatively fast and reliable services and it takes several days to over a week for your post to arrive within other European countries, more so if you send post to North America or Australia. Post offices (correios) have varying opening hours, but in general post offices are open on weekdays from 08:30am-6:00pm and on Saturday mornings until 12:30. More information about offices, costs and other details can be found at the CTT website. It's a relatively efficient but also relatively slow postal service. If you want to send packages overseas, you'd better use international companies like FedEx, DHL, TNT or UPS, as they are competitively priced, fast and very reliable.
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