Description of Apartment/Location
Charming 3 bedroom luxury apartment with a lovely garden setting in a quiet location but only a few minutes' walk from the beach and the historic centre of Cascais. Opposite the Cascais Marina on the road to Guincho and a few minute's drive from Quinta da Marinha (Golf Course, Health Club and Spa). Decorated by its owners for their own use. Each bedroom is tastefully furnished to combine comfort and relaxation. Comprises a large living room, a dining area for up to 6, and a well equipped kitchen. Wonderful large terrace off the living room is ideal for relaxing, sundowners and enjoying the sunset overlooking the pool.
The apartment is located within 10 minutes walk of the Cascais market (Wed & Sat).
Out and About Locally
Out & About in Cascais
For the very young or young at heart, take a stroll through the local park (Parque Municipal da Gandarinha) in Cascais located opposite the marina and beside the cultural centre. Feed the ducks - or just sit at the local café and read a book whilst the peacocks strut around you. Sit out in the late afternoon sun and enjoy the sunset on the Esplanade Beach Bar in Cascais (Praia da Rainha) whilst enjoying champagne or sangria or perhaps at Casa da Guia over a sun down cocktail, while the sun disappears behind the ocean. If you have spent the day on Guincho Beach, the most romantic sunsets can be viewed from the Abano Beach Bar (BG Bar).
Parque Marechal Carmona - one single space resulting from the marriage of the gardens of the Palace of the Conde of Castro Guimarães and the property of the Visconde of Gandarinha. Apart from an abundance of exotic trees and shrubs, the tranquility of this park offers curious hiding places to quietly read a book or romantic tree lined pathways. Wander around the small ponds, infant playground, mini zoo, aviary, youth library, duck pond, café, museum, chapel, rose gardens, etc. right in the heart of Cascais! Open 8.30-19.45 summer & 8.30-17.45 winter. Bicycles can be hired locally (no charge) in Cascais and there is a bicycle path which stretches for miles along the beautiful coastline to Guincho Beach. Another useful service is the “Giro” Bus to CascaisShopping - a popular shopping mall on the outskirts of Cascais & Estoril.
Local activities include diving, surfing, swimming, tennis, walking, sailing, cycling, fishing, horse riding, golf, wind-surfing, water skiing, mountain biking, mountaineering, rollerblading on the purpose-built pathway along the coast road.
Night life includes the Tamariz Night Club which is practically suspended over the beach in Estoril (summertime only) and Jezebels Night Club behind Estoril Casino during the winter months. Alternatively, try the club for "the young at heart" (Vangogo) in Cascais old town. Take in the International Show or Dinner & Show at the Estoril Casino.
The Artisan Fair in Estoril (behind Casino) each July and August offers handicraft and a variety of restaurants serving traditional food.
The Cascais tourism office is situated in the square in Cascais, for all the maps and local information you need.
Another Lisbon tourism office is situated on the waterfront just beside the casino gardens and opposite the Estoril train station.
Out & About in Lisbon
Lisbon and the Lisbon Coast are both an all-year-round destination. Summers, whilst warm, are rarely oppressive and the cooling sea breeze keeps it comfortable even during the hottest months. Very mild winters mean you can enjoy your short break in the winter sun in Cascais and Lisbon. The nearby town of Sintra is a World Heritage site is well worth a visit.
Lisbon itself has lots to delight; from taking an old electric tram up the steep hills of Lisbon to whizzing up to the top of the Santa Justa Elevator to get a panoramic view of the city of Lisbon. Do visit Alfama (the old quarter) and be sure to wear comfortable rubber soled shoes to avoid slipping on the cobbles. In the evenings, take in a Fado evening over dinner in one of the many restaurants in this area. Bairro Alto is also wonderfully lively at night – lots of restaurants, Fado houses and late night bars/clubs.
June 12th is the night of the Festival of St Anthony (Santo António); the best night for trying traditional sardines in Lisbon. Go by tram - #15 is the best - to Belem. It leaves from Praça Figueira and stops at Praça do Comércio and Cais do Sodré before going on to Belém (getting off by Jerónimos Monestary) - a wonderful place of fountains, parks, monuments and monasteries. Tram #28 is also worth taking a ride on to get the proper Lisbon tram experience, which can be caught at Miradouro das Portas do Sol and riding it until the Estrela Basílica.
Worth visiting in the Estremadura and beyond are, Óbidos, Sintra, Azeitão & Setúbal, Fatima & Nazaré. Alentejo is a little further (about 2 hours) but worth visiting are Évora and Monsaraz. The Esporão Wine Estate is worth having lunch at if you are going as far as Monsaraz.
We can offer you a day excursion at competitive rates. See our Tours section.
Out & About in Sintra
Sintra is a World Heritage site and has a lot to be seen, including the Moorish Castle, the Palace of Pena, the National Palace and the mysterious Quinta da Regaleira. It also offers great shopping and restaurants. Markets in Sintra are on the 1st and 3rd weekends of each month. And with Lisbon only 25 minutes away and Cascais only 15 minutes, you can get all the cosmopolitan and night life you need.
A short distance away you can enjoy a lovely lunch at the Don Quixote Restaurant. This terrace bar is located at a windmill just a stone's throw away from the westernmost point in Europe. Sit relaxing with sangria in your hand and an incomparable view of the Guincho Beach and the Atlantic Ocean in front of you and the Sintra Hills behind. A truly perfect location for sunsets. Snacks are available including tea and scones. Pay a visit to Cabo da Roca, the most westerly point of Europe, where you can enjoy a cliff top walk with spectacular views and visit a local tourism point.
There are many walking routes in the mountains (parts of it protected by World Heritage) behind Cascais, if you wish we can provide information and/or contacts to the local walking groups.
Otherwise for the more adventurous traveller, we can arrange organized buggy/go-kart tours along the coastline or into the protected mountain area (some tours need to be pre-organized so that permits can be obtained for the protected areas). The delightful old town of Ericeira takes you back in time to the days when it was a tiny fishing village. Cobbled streets, white-washed houses and a plethora of restaurants and cafes offer excellent food, especially the sea-food for which Portugal is deservedly famous. Ericeira is also legendary for its excellent surfing conditions and annually hosts a round of the ASP World Tour Surf Championships.
Coast / Beach
Beaches in the Bay of Cascais are about 2 mins walk from the property; other beaches on the Cascais / Estoril coast are within easy walking distance 10 to 15 minutes along the promenade. A few mins drive away is the magnificent, spectacular Guincho coastline, with sandy beaches and rocky coves. The alternative popular surfer beach of Carcavelos just 15 minutes drive away is very accessible also by train.
There are a great many sandy beaches on the Lisbon Coast. You have the choice of 3 beaches in the centre of Cascais. Fisherman's beach, Praia da Rainha, or the longer stretch at Praia d Conceição and many more as you travel in the direction of Lisbon. They are all very easy to access by train which runs along the water's edge for most of the way between Lisbon and Cascais.
These have superb beach restaurants dotted all along the way serving fresh fish, sardines, various seafood and the famous Portuguese steak roll (Prego no pão). Otherwise, visit (by bus or cycle there on the purpose built bicycle path) Guincho Beach hidden along spectacular un-spoilt coastline. It offers perfect conditions for surfing.
Take a day trip to one of the Sintra beaches such as Praia Grande, Praia Maças and Praia da Adraga. Adraga Beach restaurant serves fish and seafood which tastes like they caught it just before serving it.
There are 8 excellent golf courses within a 20 min drive from Cascais.
We offer to pre-purchase your Golf Passports with our Golf & Accommodation Packages. Our Golf & Accommodation Package entitles the golfer to play 3/5 courses (1 green fee p/course, as many rounds as possible) at any of the following golf courses. If you would like us to make the necessary arrangements, please just let us know in advance whether your preference is the 3 or 5 day passport and which other course you would like to play.
The golf courses of Quinta da Marinha, Quinta da Beloura, Estoril (27 holes) are nearby all within 10 to 15 minutes drive. Penha Longa (27 holes), Belas, the Lisbon Sports Club are within a 20 to 30 min drive. The Atlântico da Penha Longa course has already been the scene of several European Tour competitions. This hilly course offers broad magnificent views over the countryside that surrounds you with the mountains and the sea.
The Quinta da Marinha Oitavos course, the newest in the region, designed by the famous American architect Arthur Hills, is the first course in Europe and the second in the world to have the Audubon International ‘Certified Signature Sanctuary/Gold'. With excellent views over the Palácio da Pena and Cabo da Roca.
Around an hour's drive are Praia D'El Rey, Ribagolfe I & II, St Estavao, Qtª do Peru, Aroeira I & II, Montado and Troia golf courses. For more information and pricing please email us or call us on +351 21 486 7767
A car is not essential for this property, as the town can be reached in 2 minutes on foot. The train takes you into Lisbon (32 mins) via Estoril, in clean, modern air-conditioned trains - which are not expensive & always on time!
Local buses include the Giro, a 17 minute/1 euro ride to the Cascais Shopping Mall; the Scotturb bus to Guincho beach for less than 3 euros, about 15 minutes, which also goes into the Quinta de Marinha for golf, spa, etc. The local Bus Cas is a frequent service on a smaller bus which serves the immediate vicinity of central Cascais. Terminal at the railway station. There is also a regular bus service to Guincho Beach, #405. The #403 will get you to Sintra.
Hire a bicycle without charge on producing photo ID, and enjoy the purpose built cycle path which runs from Cascais to Guincho
Arriving in Lisbon
Lisbon's primary airport (Portela) is approximately 30km from Cascais. There is a regular shuttle service that operates between the airport and the Cais do Sodré train station, which is located right by the coastline. There is never a shortage of taxis, but beware of any taxi drivers that try to take you the long route to wherever it is you're headed. We advise that you acquire a map of the city and have a vague idea where it is you're going to avoid being swindled by the taxi drivers. If you find yourself crossing either the 25 de Abril or Vasco de Gama bridges, you are going the wrong way!
Alternatively, we are able to offer an airport transfer. Please send us an email and we will be happy to assist you.
If you are travelling from Faro airport, it is just a 2 and a quarter hours from Lisbon by car. There is also a train service that runs from Faro to Lisbon. Both Lisbon and Faro airports offer a car rental service. http://www.holidayautos.co.uk/ or http://www.skyscanner.net/ offer great prices for car rental and we will provide written and map directions to the apartment - it's really simple.
Cascais Marina is great for good food and atmosphere. Sit among the boats and enjoy the sunset from the top deck. Also try the restaurants along the Guincho Road. Ones that stand out are Furnas do Guincho and Monte Mar (be prepared to pay a small price premium for great service and fantastic views and atmosphere). Casa da Guia, which is just about 15 minutes walk from the marina, offers a variety of restaurants, cafés and boutique shopping.
Cascais town centre & its surrounds offer a good selection of restaurants (Portuguese, Indian, Chinese, Thai, French, Brazilian, Italian, South African (steaks) and more. Nearby Sacolinha bakery is a big plus for breakfast- it's just a short walk. And the supermarket is just across the road from here. Get around easily without a car.
Longer Term Lets
We offer mid-term lets at reduced prices during the winter months. Please book online, email or call Nicola for a speedy response - +351 21 486 7767
We can provide plenty of advice and information on local restaurants, shops, leisure activities and places of interest. Your apartment will have a manual which will give you tips for eating locally and things to do.