Cascais is a small beach town in Portugal next to Estoril coast in the greater Lisbon area and at least a day trip worth.
Cascais, once a fishermen's harbour, is a nice and sophisticated town, also a great gateway to explore the beautiful gold sand beach of Guincho.
Cascais is easily reachable from Lisbon by car or by train (40min), from the Cais do Sodré station. A return ticket costs 2.30€ and can be bought from the automatic ticket machines. Remember to keep the ticket as it will be checked and punched by the conductor in both directions. A shuttle bus service operated by Scotturb runs between Cascais and Lisbon airport.
A car ride between Lisbon International Airport and Cascais can range between 30 minutes and 1h15 (on rush hours).
The town is small enough to explore entirely by foot. To get a feeling for the life it's best to stroll around on foot. Uphill, beyond the town centre there are numerous narrow cobbled streets to explore with interesting architecture, plants and animals to see.
Riding a bicycle in Cascais is one of the "must do" things. From the beach you can venture further up the hill towards the westernmost point of continental Europe mainland and even Sintra using the nice roads while crossing the heart of this incredible nature reserve so close to the capital city of Lisbon
Basic, though perfectly functioning bicycles are available to rent for free (providing you have ID and your accommodation address) through the municipal council's BiCas scheme. Bicycles are available from several locations around the town. The tourist office will have further information. This bikes are heavily used by locals, students and budget minded visitors, not always available when needed and when available not always in the best mechanical conditions thus the common breakdowns.
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