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The resort town and fishing village of Cascais, located on Portugal’s western coast, attracts swarms of visitors to its beaches, entertainment venues and fine restaurants. However, despite its popularity, the city still retains a quaint feel. The town is easily explored on foot, however, the surrounding environment offers such beautiful scenery and white sandy beaches that it is definitely worth booking car hire in Cascais, so you are able to explore it freely. Book today in advance of travelling to Cascais to secure a car, at a great price.
The most important sights in Cascais are its lovely sandy beaches; Praia da Azarujinha, Praia da Bafureira. Praia da Conceicao, Praia da Duquesa, Praia da Grota and Praia da Parede. Travellers can watch bullfights at the Monumental de Cascais or head to the sprawling Parque do Marechal Carmona, where people relax in the extensive grounds, take a boat on the lake or visit the small zoo.
To see a different side of Cascais, take a walk through the old town and visit the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, which includes 18th century murals and a beautiful 16th century altar. There are also a couple of museums worth seeing, including: the Museum of the Sea, which details the town’s seafaring history; and Museo de Conde de Castro Guimaraes, which recreates rich 18th and 19th century life.
Shopping options range from the designer stalls of Shopping Cascais to the markets which surround the Praca de Touros. Nightlife varies from the refined and sedate to throbbing discos; while restaurants serve up some of the best seafood on Portugal’s coast.
If car hire is not for you but you wish to see other sights out of Cascais there is an excursion, which takes tourists to see Boca do Inferno (Mouth of Hell). Over time powerful waves hitting the coast have carved a wide hole, which resembles a mouth, into the cliffs. 'The Mouth of Hell' can be an atmospheric windswept roar if you avoid the many trashy stalls and souvenir sellers. Take the highway towards Guincho and then turn left towards the sea to get there.
Lisbon International Airport is the closest to Cascais, only a short 32km drive east of Cascais. Car rentals are available here so if this is your arrival destination then ensure you book car hire at Lisbon Airport, and a car will be ready in the rental car park. Car hire suppliers operating in the airport's arrivals hall include, Europcar, Hertz, Avis, and Budget. Book today with us for better deals, and more options.
If you are travelling from Estoril by car, head west for approximately 6kms along route 6 and you will reach Cascais. Trains arrive here from Lisbon every 20 minutes from 05:30 to 01:30. Buses do, however, operate from Lisbon, but with such a fast train journey the majority of travellers use the trains rather than the buses. However, if you're coming to Cascais from Sintra, the bus is your best bet; about a dozen buses a day make the one-hour run.