Formerly the seaside resort of the Portuguese royal family, Cascais retains its charm of the past. The Hotel Palácio Estoril, opened in 1930, is renowned for its majestic atmosphere. Cascais is sunny almost all year round, ideal for boat trips, water sports and beautiful outdoor walks. In addition to its beautiful, unspoilt beaches, bordered by the magnificent Serra de Sintra, the city offers many cultural attractions and museums, as well as top-quality fish and seafood cuisine. Finally, the city has seven superb golf courses, each designed by a different architect. The relaxed sophistication of Cascais makes it the most elegant destination around Lisbon. A must see if you visit Portugal and Lisbon!
The history of Cascais is connected to the history of Europe and its royal families, as the Portuguese Royal Family chose Cascais as a summer resort in the 19th century. The iconic, 5 stars, Hotel Palácio Estoril opened in 1930, is renowned for its majestic ambiance, as well during World War II European royal families in exile resided here, and at that time, the hotel notoriously became a rendezvous point for spies. Adjacent to it is the Casino Estoril, the biggest in Portugal and Europe.