Cascais Beach :: What To Do Outside Lisbon

by Tina on August 6, 2015

in Portugal

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The town of Cascais, Portugal is a fairly typical beach town besides the fact that it is steeped in history and is drop dead gorgeous.  And while it is a total stunner (note all the photos as proof of it’s beauty), the town offers what most beach towns offer.  You will find lots of flip flops, beach balls, and typical touristy beach items for sale plus a square here and there, and some restaurants serving up the day’s catch, but, really, Cascais is all about the beach.

So, if you are trying to figure out what to do in Cascais and you want to do more than simply roam the streets with a camera in hand or eat another satisfying fish feast, head directly to the Cascais beach.  There are a couple little areas to choose from and all seem to be great options.  It was pretty windy the day that we went, which may be another reason the town exists (I guess we all need something to do when it’s too windy to sit on the beach).  The water is surprisingly cold (and that is coming from kids who are used to swimming in the Nordic!) which is because of Cascais’ proximity to the western edge of Portugal and the open Atlantic.

We were so pleased to have stayed for a few hours, watching the packed beaches dwindle to a few locals who joined us from the high cliff to watch the sun set…

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Photography: Jack and Tina Fussell

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Elvira August 6, 2015 at 2:16 pm

Lovely photo’s. I have been in Lisbon, Cascais and Sintra at the end of June and we loved our stay. That is why it is even more fun to see your lovely photo’s as I walked there too just recently! I guess you enjoyed it as much as I did!


Tina August 7, 2015 at 10:02 am

It seems to be the place of the season to visit!


The Slow Pace August 6, 2015 at 6:13 pm

How gorgeous is Cascais? A few years ago I spent a week in Lisbon with my mum and our day trip to Cascais was one of the highlights of our trip!


Tina August 7, 2015 at 10:03 am

That is so great! We were so delighted to have gone, too!


Andreia August 6, 2015 at 9:16 pm

It’s quite funny to have here photos of so familiar places 🙂
There are also (beyond the beach) some interesting cultural offers: the recently opened Town Museum and Casa das Hstórias Paula Rego and other buidlings and its history – the Museum Quarter.


Tina August 7, 2015 at 10:03 am

Girl, next time we have to HOOK UP! We were way too close to have not worked something out. Now I have to come back!


Lisa August 7, 2015 at 8:52 pm

I’ve already been to Cascais a few times and the Roads around are so nice, too. And of course Cabo da Roca is nice as well 🙂


Rochelle August 12, 2015 at 11:25 am

You two these images are gorgeous. I especially adore the one with the ladies on the stairs, it is almost fifties like. Stunning!


Tina August 13, 2015 at 10:45 pm

Thank you! That is what I thought when I saw those ladies. It was retro perfection!


sara (kanpaikanpai) August 12, 2015 at 11:27 pm

lovely to see my country featured in your blog! i’m from lisbon but funnily never really considered cascais as a beach town but more as a suburb? but your view was refreshing to me! i hope you have enjoyed portugal!


Tina August 13, 2015 at 10:47 pm

Haha! So funny! I guess it is funny how the perspective of a visitor can be such a contrast of those who live there every day!


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