Cascais

Quaint old fishing village

From a sleepy fishing village to a much-loved summertime playground of wave-frolicking lisboêtas, Cascais is home today to many expat families. Close to the German School, St. Julian’s, St. Dominic’s and TASIS, Cascais is a fantastic destination for families looking for peace and quiet. More recently, many new restaurant concepts have opened up here, bringing some much needed energy and vibracy to this town.

Located only a 37 min train ride away from Cais Sodré station in Lisbon, or a 30 min drive on the highway, Cascais is easily accessible.

Quintessential wellness

A historic town where once kings and aristocrats lived, Cascais is home today to people who like to live well and unhurriedly. Life here simply happens in a slower pace, albeit people don’t feel isolated. No wonder it’s become a hotspot for a flocking group of inbound Europeans, Americans and Brazilians looking for a place to call home during the Pandemic. Featuring a 10km (6 mile) pathway that heads to Guincho Beach (on the outskirts of the Sintra Mountains), primarily alongside the coast, it’s no surprise to find residents here who value living well. Not to mention those who enjoy partaking in water activities such as surfing, kite surfing and more.

Local highlights

Monte Mar Restaurant – With a privileged location on Guincho road, over the Atlantic, Monte Mar serves fresh food straight from the ocean. From hake fillets with cockle rice to seafood cataplana, all dishes are rich in flavor and freshness, enjoyed in a quiet and peaceful atmosphere.

Mar do Inferno Restaurant – Managed by a family led by Maria de Lourdes Tirano and her two children for about 30 years, Mar do Inferno is undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in town. Overseeing the Atlantic Ocean and featuring a humble décor, the focus on this restaurant is on the quality and freshness of the seafood.

Yayem Co-Work – Co-working place opened in the Summer of 2021, Yayem is the choice for all Digital Nomads out there looking to bond with other like-minded individuals while getting work done.

Malacopa Restaurant – Mexican restaurant in Rua Amarela (Yellow Street, a pedestrian street featuring only cozy restaurants), this spot is a meeting point for the Cascalense looking to have a good time over tasty tacos, Margaritas and cool music.

Casa da Guia – A shopping meets restaurant area, Casa da Guia is a little gem located a few kilometers from Cascais’ city center. An ideal spot to enjoy coffee in the early hours in peace and quiet, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Bar do Fundo – For beach lovers out there, Bar do Fundo is located at Praia Grande, a grandiose beach on the Serra de Sintra coastline. A destination for the cool locals, head over to Bar do Fundo for some spectacular sunset-watching over the ocean while sipping away some fresh Sangria.