Planning a trip to Lisbon? Make sure to include Cascais on your list! Hop on the train and we’ll take you on a tour of the Top 5 places in Cascais that you can visit for FREE! While Cascais is a stunning, glamorous beach town, you don’t need a big budget for the trip. Follow our tips and the only money you’ll be spending will be on the train ride from Lisbon. Let’s explore Cascais!
First of all, how to get to Cascais
Cascais is a coastal town in the proximity of Lisbon. The easiest way to get there is by train, and a return ticket from Lisbon to Cascais is only 4.50 euros. The departing train stop in Lisbon is called Cais do Sodre. The train ride takes about 40 minutes, and there are trains departing every 20 minutes. You can purchase your ticket either at the Cais do Sodre ticket offices, either at the vending machines. For any further information, you should consult this article.
Since this lovely destination is not far away from Lisbon, if you catch a morning train, you’ll have enough time to explore all the beautiful sights and get back to the city in the evening, on the same day.
The Top 5 Places in Cascais You Need to See
Follow our route to the 5 places in Cascais you can see for free. Once you descend at the Cascais train stop, you can follow the guide below to all the beautiful sights in Cascais:
1. The Historic Town
The old town of Cascais is a few steps away from the train station. Cobbled streets, a large variety of restaurants, little shops, terraces, and cafes will surround you. From affordable to high-end brands, you’ll get your first glimpse of the colorful life in Cascais.
What we loved here was the diversity in terms of cuisine and shopping opportunities. Much like the rest of Cascais, the old town is very beautiful, clean and more glamourous than many places in Portugal.
What we loved most here were the tiny shops with locally made products: pottery, jewelry and clothing pieces. The streets are tiny and colorful, and here and there you’ll find gorgeous flowers, as well as lovely views of the ocean.
2. The Beach & Marina
Cascais is the most popular beach town close to Lisbon. Make sure you include the Marina and the beach on your list of places to see in Cascais. We found a cute cafe with a view of these tiny colorful boats.
Like most beaches in Portugal, the ones in Cascais are sandy and sunny for the most part of the year. They are a great spot to relax and take a break from all the exploring. Furthermore, you can feast your eyes on the luxurious houses and sports cars that are part of Cascais’ local charm.
3. Palace of Cascais Citadel
The Palace of Cascais Citadel is host to seasonal art exhibitions and when we visited Cascais, we were allowed to explore some of these for free. Some large pieces were displayed outside, in the yard of the palace, which can also be visited free of charge.
However, if you want to do a tour of the Palace, the price of the ticket is only 4 euros. Take a sneak peek of what you’ll find there by checking out this article. This way, you’ll decide if taking the tour is of interest to you or not.
4. Parque Marechal Carmona
Parque Marechal Carmona is the most beautiful park in Cascais, a large area of greenery, boasting a variety of birds and many, many turtles. Roosters and chicken are wandering around the grass fields, and they make a lot of noise. This is not the place to take a nap.
We found this park to be very delightful, clean and well-preserved. You’ll find interesting works of art here and there, as well as this lovely cafe, in the heart of the park, and close to the tiny lake. If you love animals, this is the place for you!
Finally, let’s make our way through the park, and to our last stop: Boca do Inferno.
5. Boca do Inferno
Considered to be the most western point in Europe, Boca do Inferno is a very popular touristic attraction in Portugal. Essentially, you’ll find there some beautiful rock formations, where the waves meet the shore and you’ll get the chance to take a few great shots of this natural spectacle.
Our final recommendation, if you didn’t pack lunch, we found the food at Rocha do Inferno to be very delicious and affordable. It’s a better option than to go for a restaurant meal in the center, where prices are a bit higher.
Each of our dishes was 6 euros (big sandwich with tuna or pork + French fries and Ketchup). After a few hours of wandering around, a good meal is just what you need.
This concludes our Top 5 Places in Cascais!
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