Cascais 01

Praia da Ribeira de Cascais

Cascais (pronounced more or less like: kash-kyshe) is a small coastal town near the Portuguese capital city Lisbon. It is one of the most affluent municipalities in Portugal. If you work in Lisbon, I suppose Cascais must be a fantastic place to live. There are several beaches and a picturesque harbour. The beach that you see in this picture is called Praia da Ribeira de Cascais (praia is the Portuguese word for “beach”).

You can get to Cascais very easily by train from Cais do Sodré station in Lisbon. The train stops at many stops in Lisbon, so you can also get on for example near the famous Belém Tower.

And when you’re already in Cascais, you can take bus number 403 that will take you to Cabo da Roca (Cape Roca), the westernmost point of continental Europe. From there, the bus continues to Sintra, where you can visit the amazing Pena National Palace and several other great landmarks.

I do recommend getting off at Cabo da Roca, because the view of the Atlantic Ocean from the high cliff is worth a detour. Warning: the place can be extremely windy! I’ve been there twice and the winds were always very strong. From Cabo da Roca you can take the next bus to Sintra. Alternatively, you can take the bus 417 from Cascais to Sintra. It is faster than 403, as it doesn’t stop in Cabo da Roca.

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