'''Cascais''' is a small beach town in [[Portugal]] next to [[Estoril]] coast in the greater [[Lisbon]] area.
Cascais, former residence of the royal family and pioneer of tourism in Portugal, is a very charming village.
'''Cascais''' is easily reachable from [[Lisbon]] by car or by train (
40min), from the '''Cais do Sodré''' station. A return ticket costs 2.30€ and can be bought from the automatic ticket machines. Remember to keep the ticket as it will be checked and punched by the conductor in both directions. Carris operate a bus between Cais do Sodre and Lisbon Airport every 20 mins.
A car ride between Lisbon International Airport and Cascais
can range between 30 minutes and 1h15 (on rush hours).
Cascais, once a fishermen's harbour, is a nice and sophisticated town, also a great gateway to explore the beautiful gold sand beach of Guincho.
The town is small enough to explore entirely by foot. To get a feeling for the life it's best to stroll around on foot. Uphill, beyond the town centre there are numerous narrow cobbled streets to explore with interesting architecture, plants and animals to see.
Quality Scooters are available for renting at affordable prices (you need to be at least 18, have your Passport and Valid Driving License). Riding around is generally safe, relaxed and lots of fun!
Companies operating from Lisbon include Scooter Lisbon (Phone: +351 96 963 0369), [http://scooterlisbon.com/]) located in Lisbon Downtown right off the train station of Cais Sodre (end of the line from Cascais train station) on Largo Corpo Santo, 5. They are open Monday to Sunday from 9:30am offering quality 125CC vehicles with automatic transmission. Check with them for Scooter Guided Tours or Rentals from only a few hours to multi day rentals.
Find yourself a restaurant that takes its deserts seriously, and finish your meal with one of the local sweet specialties: Travesseiros, the famous Queijadas de Sintra, Fofos de Belas, Areias de Cascais or Trouxas de Malveira. Portuguese egg-based confectionary is unique and delicious, and a fine companion for some after dinner port.
Vino Verde, "green wine", is a refreshing, slightly sparkling accompaniment to Portugese meals, and shouldn't be missed. Portuguese red wines are on a par with those in France, Italy and Spain. The main demarcated regions are found in the Douro, Dão and Alentejo, but the Estoril Coast produces very small quantities of its own fine wines in Carcavelos and Colares, a rare pleasure that you might have the opportunity to try.
Vinho de Carcavelos, Estação Agronómica Nacional Tel. (00351) 214 40 35 00
Adega Regional de Colares, Open from 9am-1pm and 2pm-6pm every day. A tasting of these fine wines can be organised in advance for a minimum of 10 people Tel. (00 351) 219 28 73 33, Alameda Coronel Linhares de Lima 24, 2705-135 Colares.
*'''Panorama''', Estr. do Guincho 2750-642. Tel: 21487 9458
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'''Cascais''' is in the development phase and several holiday apartment buildings & hotels are currently under construction. The ''corso'' (beach road) is busy at night so ensure you room is not directing to it.
*<sleep name="Hotel Baia Cascais" alt="" address="Av. Marginal 2754-509" directions="" phone="+351214831033" url="www.hotelbaia.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">[[www.hotelbaia.com]] [[[email protected]]] The 3 star Hotel Baia in Cascais has the most privileged location on the Estoril Coast. Right in the center of town opposite the beach it offers breathtaking views of the Cascais Bay. After extensive renovations, it now offers 113 rooms, most of which have a balcony overlooking the sea and the remainder a view over the town of Cascais and the Mountains of Sintra. On the top floor you will find a covered, heated (in the winter) swimming pool and the Blue Bar, a sunset lounge bar where you can enjoy a drink or a snack while admiring the view of the bay as far as Lisbon. On the Ground floor, along its welcoming Sea-Front Terrace with Bar and Snack Service as well as free Wi-Fi internet access you will also find the reputed Baía Grill Restaurant famous for its gastronomy. The Hotel Baia Cascais also has fully equipped Conference Rooms and Banquet Roomsfor up to 200 people as well as a private underground Car Park with a capacity of 90 cars. Close to all the local Golf Courses and other sports facilities, Cascais Marina and Sailing Club, Beaches, Racing Track, The Estoril Tourism Office and the historic Estoril Casino, this family-run hotel offers all its visitors a warm, welcoming atmosphere with a personal and friendly quality service.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Hotel S. Julião" url="http://www.hotelsaojuliao.com./Home/" phone="+351 21 4572102 (fax:+351 21 4566993)" fax="" price="" address="Pr. do Junqueiro nº 16, Carcavelos- Cascais Portugal" email="[email protected]
*<sleep name="Vila Galé Cascais" alt="" address="Rua Frei Nicolau de Oliveira, nº80 - Parque da Gandarinha, 2750-641 Cascais" directions="" phone="(+351) 214 826 000" email="[email protected]
" fax”(+351) 214 837 319" url="http://www.vilagale.pt/pages/hoteis/?hotel=11" hours="" price="" geo="" tags="">Near the renowned Cascais Marina, absolutely perfect for wonderful holidays, corporate meetings, and special events. Online booking</sleep>
Scotturb Bus 403 [http://www.scotturb.com/inverno2009/403.htm] travels regularly to [[Sintra]] , stopping at [[Cabo da Roca]].
* [[Mafra]] or Queluz, Costa da Caparica, Palmela, Sesimbra, Troia.