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Restaurant in Cascais, Portugal Cascais is a popular beach resort that is also known as the favorite place of rest of the Portuguese royal family. Once this place was nothing but a small fishing village. It was seriously harmed from earthquake in 1755, so the majority of buildings were rebuilt. This is how a railway and electricity appeared on the territory of Cascais. This gave a powerful stimulus to the development of this region.
1. Almost every local museum or a gallery announces a free entrance at least once a week. Pensioners and children are usually eligible for discounts in state-owned facilities. In order to … Open
Nowadays the coastal line is occupied by magnificent beaches. The biggest one is named Guincho. This is a true paradise for surfing lovers, because here you will find high and powerful waves. Torre and Ribeira beaches are no less popular. Naturally, the majority of hotels, restaurants, discos and bars are also located in the beach zone. This helps making the rest here diversified and enjoyable. Tourists, who enjoy water attractions, can visit Marine Club that is opened daily.
When sunbathing and beach rest become a bit boring to you, take a walk on cozy streets of Cascais. Houses here are small, but their design is truly unforgettable. They are decorated with carved balconies and ancient tiled roofs. These houses were built in the beginning of the century. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
One of the most popular shopping points in Cascais is Villa Shopping. This mall houses about one hundred stores, their customers can easily choose chic outfits, perfumes, and accessories, as … Open
Fort remains the most famous historical sight of the region. The building of the fort started in the 16th century. Today this building is used to keep the collection of a military museum. One more interesting culture spot of the city is the Municipal Museum. It keeps the collection of archeological findings and pieces of art. Here also often take place musical concerts. On the territory of the city are located several ancient churches, the building of which took place in the 16th century. While walking along the coastal line you can reach a rocky cliff. Because of permanent strong waves a cave appeared in one of the rocks. The cave is named Boca-do-inferno and this is a popular sight among tourists.
There are many magnificent palaces in the city. One of the most famous and beautiful is Palacio dos Conde de Castro Guimaraes. Within the walls of this palace today, is an incredibly interesting museum, it stores a collection of 25,000 books, which is considered one of the largest in Portugal. Among these books there are real rarities, which are more than 500 years old. In this museum, there is also a rich collection of archaeological finds found in nearby caves.
Cascais will be a great place for active family recreation. The city has many beautiful parks and entertainment centers. With older children, it is worth visiting the entertainment complex … Open
In the immediate vicinity of the resort is the world-famous cliff of Boca do Inferno, which tourists like to visit during the storm. The shape of this cliff is such that the waves beating against it contribute to the creation of an unusual noise, which resembles the growling of a wild beast. For many years, the locals considered this place mystical and made legend about the fact that near the cliff is the entrance to the underworld. Only recently was the mystery of this picturesque place solved.
Senhora da Guia Cascais Boutique Hotel The city has many beautiful places for walking. One of the most comfortable and attractive is the Palmela Park, founded relatively recently. In this park, many beautiful plants have been planted and unusual landscape compositions designed. At the height of the tourist season, music concerts in the open air and other entertainment events are held regularly in this park.
The description of the best restaurants of Cascais will be not complete without mentioning Fortaleza do Guincho. It specializes in the local cuisine, but also offers its visitors popular … Open
The resort has very interesting religious attractions, including the beautiful Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary. It is one of the oldest buildings in the city. In 1755 when a major earthquake happened, it remained practically intact. Now in the walls of the church there are many religious artifacts and values.
Cascais. Museo Condes de Castro. It is also worth mentioning the Convent Piedade, which was founded in the middle of the 17th century. For many years, this monastery housed the world's first official school of philosophy. In the middle of the 19th century, the ancient monastery was in complete desolation. Not so long ago, the historical buildings have been completely restored and several new buildings built. The monastery was converted into a cultural center. It often hosts seminars on art, as well as events dedicated to the history and traditions of the region. Lovers of outdoor recreation will like a walk along a vast picturesque garden, located on the territory of the ancient monastery.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Cascais
♥   Castle 'Castle of Penas' , 10 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of the Moors' , 10.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of São Jorge' , 24.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Óbidos' , 77.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Cascais
♥   Nature Park 'Sintra-Cascais' , 10.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Park 'Arrábida' , 39.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Park 'Serras de Aire e Candeeiros' , 103.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Park 'Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina' , 148.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Cascais and around
♥   Art museum 'Museu Colecção Berardo' Lisbon, 18 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga' Lisbon, 22.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museu Calouste Gulbenkian' Lisbon, 23.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Cascais from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Elevador de Santa Justa

From the series “Top 16 Most Exotic Elevators and Lifts in the World”
From the upper square, where the elevator provides the passengers, the magnificent panorama opens onto the city, so the old lift attracts the numerous tourists. However, the elevator has not lost the original functional purpose and is actively used by the cityspeople for the rapid movement between the various highways. Elevador do Carmo is located in the center of the old town of Lisbon and has retained its original shape for more than a century. … Read further

Santuario de Cristo Rei

From the series “The Most Grandiose Statues and Monuments”
Many pilgrims seek to visit the famous statue of Christ the King on June, 8. On this day, the important religious shrine, the relics of Sacred Heart, is put at the foot of the statue every year. It is also worth noting that the sculpture is located on a small hill at 113 meters above sea level. The statue is equipped with a great viewing platform allowing to admire the nice views of the Tagus River and mountainous areas. Many experienced tourists tend to visit the tourist attraction in the evening. After dark, the monument is illuminated with amazing lighting system. … Read further
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