The photos from this shoot are taken mostly in Cascais. As a result, I decided to share the best things to do in Cascais 🙂
How to Get to Cascais from Lisbon
Cascais is a popular one day destination from Lisbon. It’s very easy to get there. So, just go to Cais do Sodré railway station, which is a final stop of green metro line. The ticket is 2,25€ one way. But it’s cheaper to use Zapping fare, which is 1.90€. The train takes 40 minutes to arrive to Cascais.
Upon arriving to Cascais, you can walk around the city centre, which has a lot of shops and restaurants, and nice streets with cute houses. Praia da Ribeira beach is very close from the railway station. It’s quite a small beach, from which you can observe a quiet fishing harbour. However, it’s normally overcrowded in summer. So, if you’re into sunbathing, it’s better to choose another beach destination (for example, Praia de Carcavelos or Praia de Costa de Caparica).
Meanwhile , there is a nice castle of the 19th century near the beach, called Casa de Santa Maria (the house of St. Mary). It’s open for tourists to visit. From the top windows of the castle you can enjoy amazing views of the port and the coast of Cascais.
In addition, if you’re travelling with children, it’s worth visiting Marshal Carmona Park. It’s a famous family and picnic spot with wonderful gardens, a duck pond, children’s zoo and children’s playground.
Certainly, one of the best things to do in Cascais, is to visit a beautiful rock formation called Boca de Inferno (Devil’s mouth). It’s about a 15-min walk from the port. The main feature is a huge cave formed in one of the rocks, with fierce, huge waves of the Atlantic Ocean splashing against it.
Favourite Healthy-Food Restaurants
Afterwards, when you feel like having a snack, here is my list of cafes with a variety of healthy, vegetarian options:
- Hífen – it’s actually more like a snack bar with an extensive offer (meat, seafood or fish, and vegetarian).
- Local Cascais – Your Healthy Kitchen – this is a simple vegetarian spot, good to enjoy a healthy brunch. There are pancakes, bruschettas, bowls, and smoothies among other things.
- House of Wonders – great vegetarian place with a nice, cosy terrace. It’s like a buffet, and you pay a fixed price for it. Definitely worth it!
- Organic Caffe – wraps, salads, eggs, toasts, juices and smoothies, all prepared with organic ingredients.
- The Cru – another great brunch spot with a huge variety of healthy food.
- Benedict Café – as you can imagine, they have very good Benedict eggs, but also starters, toasts, sandwiches and natural juices.
After that, you may take a walk along the ocean from Cascais to Estoril. It’s about a 20-min walk. You can take a train back to Lisbon directly from Estoril.
Moreover, if you have energy, you can also go for the sunset at Cabo da Roca. Read this post on how to get there, and what to see around.
m: Ewelina S.