Cascais - One of the Richest Municipalities in Portugal
Location: Between Mountains and Ocean
This Portuguese municipality is situated 30 kilometers west of Lisbon. It is on the Estoril Coast on the western edge of the Tagus Estuary Natural Reserve. It is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on one side, and the Sintra Mountains to the other. While the town is small enough to walk everywhere, riding bicycles or scooters is a common way for the locals get around town, as well as a unique experience many visitors try their hands at. For those who want to explore the whole region, there is a looped bus route called BUSCAS.
Culture: Forts, Art, and the Chapel
This small town keeps its history close to its heart, and many tourists come each year just to see Cidadela de Cascais where the original fort walls were. Many historical buildings, taking you back in time, sit in this part of the city, commemorating important parts of the local history. Those who like history and art should visit the cultural center, which was first a school of Philosophy and then a convent. It now holds plastic arts and art workshops, as well as a chapel. A 17th century chapel is also located on the same property of the Palace of the Counts of Castro Guimarães. It is called the Chapel of Saint Sebastian and is known for its collection of tiles.
Activities: Beaches, Shopping, and Nightlife
It is almost a crime to visit Cascais and not go to one of the many beautiful beaches. One of the most famous beaches is Azarujinha’s Beach, which known for its stunning beauty. Surrounded by cliffs that resemble a natural theatre, it offers a secluded beach with a shower and a bar. The city is also a center for shopping, including many shops offering posh clothing brands from all over the world. When the sun goes down, the small town knows how to keep the party going. Start downtown with restaurants that stay open until late at night, and then head over to the docks to dance the night away at a local disco. If it's shows and games you want, the casino almost always has a concert or something going on.