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Introduction

Cascais is a Portugese coastal town about 30 kilometres west of Lisbon, with around 35,000 inhabitants.

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Events and Festivals

  • Festas do Mar - During the second half of August each year, the music festival Festas do Mar takes place in the bay.

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Weather

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.

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Getting There

By Plane

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.

By Train

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.

By Car

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.

By Bus

Whilst you can get to Cascais by bus, it's more expensive and slower than by train.

By Boat

If you travel by boat, Cascais has a large recreation port.

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Eat

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.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Agarre O MomentoR. Joaquim Ereira 458Guesthouse89
Dolce Cascais Guest HouseRua Joaquim Ereira Lote - 4C, Bairro do RosárioGUESTHOUSE-
Estalagem Muchaxo HotelPraia do GuinchoHOTEL88
Guincho Surf BeachostelRua do Passo Mau, 33 Charneca do GuinchoHostel94
Happy HomeRua Bem Lembrados 15Guesthouse-
Hotel AlvoradaRua de Lisboa 3 Estorilhotel-
Hotel S. JuliãoPr. do Junqueiro, no 16HOTEL78
Lisbon Surf CampAlto de Murches, Rua Principal, s/nr Casa J, 2755Hostel-
HOTEL CLUBE DO LAGOAvenida do Lago. Monte EstorilHotel-
NavigatorsHouseRua dos Navegantes Lote BGUESTHOUSE81
Pergola HouseAv. Valbom no 13GUESTHOUSE79
Residencial ParsiRua Afonso Sanches 8 , CascaisGuesthouse-
Casa Shanti NiketanAveinda Das Acacias, 108 Monte EstorilGuesthouse-
Yellow Cat HostelRua Direita no38 Caxias 2760 042 CaxiasHOSTEL-
Historical Cascais ApartmentRua Gomes Freire L1 2 EApartment-
Daisy's ApartmentRua Machado dos Santos n35 5CAPARTMENT-
Cascais InfanteAv. Infante D. Henrique, 960 3º AAPARTMENT-
Guincho Wind Factory HouseRua do Mergulhão, nº76Guesthouse-
Little Central HostelBeco Torto 7GUESTHOUSE-
Cascais Beach HouseR. Fernandes ThomazGUESTHOUSE-
Cascais Bay HostelLargo Luis Camões, 38 - 2ºHOSTEL-
Pedra AzulRua Pedra Azul 154, 9- 1 AlcabidecheGUESTHOUSE-
LjmonadeRua Manuel Joaquim Gama Machado No6HOSTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

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.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Portugal's international telephone code is 351. The general emergency number is 112.

There are three mobile telephone operators in Portugal: TMN, NOS and Vodafone.

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.

Post

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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Cascais Travel Helpers

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