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"Cascais" Day Trips: Tip by dimilag

Day Trips:, Lisbon: 95 reviews and 173 photos


Cascais is a picturesque small town with beautiful beaches and rocky coves that definately deserves a visit from tourists. It is also known as San Tropez of Portugal. Its beaches are of soft, golden sand and the old town offers a charm of its own. The name of Cascais comes from cascal whish means casques or smell pebbles. Cascais is located approximately 30Kms from Lisbon. It’s easily reached by car, bus or by trains that departs from Lisbon’s Estação Cais do Sodre.

Cascais began life as a fishing village, perfectly placed in the lea of a headland and at the mouth of the River Tejo, indeed, fishermen still set out from the small quay where you can find them with their colourful boats and pots. In here Portugal’s first electric railway was built between Lisbon and Cascais.

It had inhabitants since the most remote antiquity and was also successively inhabited by Visigodes and Arabic people. In 1153 was conquered from Moorish by Dom Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal. At the time it was only a small agglomerated of irrelevant importance, mentioned in the chart of Sintra dated from 1159. Whit Dom Pedro I, it was separated from Sintra and in 1364 it has constitution as a Township. In 1370 it was a town - council. To D. Manuel's chart attributed in 1514, were conceded some privileges, more exactly the tributes intention which has increased its habitants inhabitants. In 1870 after a decision of the Royal Family, the Court started to spend the Summer periods in Cascais, which was a motive for the village little by little has transformed itself in a Summer resort of Aristocracy and Citizenship. At the turn of the century Cascais became a must and ever since a certain prestige clings to its name. All the great names of European royalty sought refuge on Portugal's neutral soil during the Second World War. The crowed heads of Europe chose Cascais as their residence in exile.

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  • Written May 24, 2007
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