October 29, 2021

4 Things You Can't Miss in Cascais [Check Video]

Article by
Gonçalo Roxo

Get to know the countless palaces, magical woods, amazing beaches and breathtaking viewpoints in Cascais and Sintra.

If you want to visit Portugal, or if you live here you can't skip Cascais.

Here are the Top 4 Things You Can't Miss:

1) Visit the Countless Palaces

We named a few of our favourites around Sintra and Cascais:

Sanctuary of Peninha

Featured in the video, up above, at 488 metres in altitude, the Sanctuary of Peninha provides spectacular over the entire Cascais and Sintra coastline. Location here.

Moorish Castle

A privileged vantage point looking out over the Atlantic coastline, the millennium-old Moorish Castle, occupied a then strategic position for defending both the surrounding territory and the maritime access routes to the city of Lisbon. Location here.

Monserrate Palace

The tri-towered palace is the most visually striking building of Sintra, and was inspired by Islamic architecture and the ideal of symmetry. Location here.

Casa Santa Maria

The Casa de Santa Maria was once a luxurious private residence in Cascais, built in 1902 by a direct descendant of the Irish royal family. Just next you to it, you can visit the Santa Marta Lighthouse and grab a delicious coffee at the Lusophonica. Location here.

2) Get Lost in the Magical Woods

Enjoy the wildest walks in Cascais, in the spots bellow:

On the way to Peninha

Beyond the sanctuary you can find endless trails to walk in. Location here.

Barragem do Rio da Mula

This dam, located in the serra de Sintra, passes near the village of Cascais and flows directly into the sea. Perfect for trekkings. Location here.

Penhas do Marmeleiro Park

Excellent place for a walk in the middle of nature. You can go down the walkways to the valley and end up in the center of Cascais. Location here.

3) Find All the Amazing Beaches

Naming a few of the secret beaches we know:

Praia da Ursa

Due to its proximity to the Cabo da Roca, it is the westernmost beach in Europe. Considered for many one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Location here.

Praia da Rainha

Praia da Rainha is a beach with calm waters and a small sand, nestled between cliffs, in the heart of Vila de Cascais. Location here.

Praia do Abaninho

Almost entering the Sintra mountains, it is discreet, sheltered from the wind and almost non-existent when the tide rises. Location here.

4) Discover Breathtaking Viewpoints

Find a few of our favourites:

Cabo da Roca

The westernmost point of mainland Portugal and continental Europe. It is one of the points on the coast where the land seems to end. Just 40 kilometers from Lisbon, Cabo da Roca is a magical place. Location here.


Park your car closest possible to the ocean and discover all the viewpoints, hidden beaches. Try Praia do Porto do Touro or Praia da Grota. Location here.

Praia Grande Viewpoint

The place attracts curious people who want to observe the dinosaur footprints from the Cretaceous period, which are marked on the rocks at the bottom of the beach. Location here.

These are just a few of our favourites, hope you liked it!

Feel free to ask me any questions directly at goncalo@yourpropad.com.

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