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CASCAIS

From Royal summer house to cosmopolitan town

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In the beginning, Cascais was merely an anglers’ village. However, between 1870 and 1908, King D. Luís and its successor D. Carlos turned it into a court’s Summer residence. In 1889, the train arrival has consolidated the transformation of Cascais into an elegant summer destination, enjoying worldwide fame from the 20’s to the 50’s of the 20th century. Proof of that is the fact that the terminal station of mythical Sud-Express train, connecting Lisbon to Paris, was located here. Cascais has plenty of interesting points, mainly by the river. It is more than simply the council’s headquarters. Estoril is a great highlight that speaks for itself, where as Paredes and Carcavelos are also noteworthy. The relation to the sea is the strongest attraction of this zone: from the vast Carcavelos beach, very sought-after by surfers, to the iodized rocks of Parede beach, the cliffs of ponta do Sal or the most famous beaches of Poça (São João do Estoril), Tamariz, Monte do Estoril and Cascais. In addition, there is also Summer architecture, mainly in Monte do Estoril, testimony of the region’s golden era. The most emblematic zone of Estoril is located in the casino alley. The Handicraft Fair is situated immediately above. Around this area, you will find arcades and several hotels evoking World War II. This area was converted into prestigious exiles’ residence, as well as a conspiracy centre for spies of both opposing blocks. Finally Cascais, with its cosmopolita pedestrian circuit from Direita Street to Camões Square, the maritime fortresses of the citadel and Nossa Senhora da Luz, Marechal Carmona Park and the new marina. All of this between sea and mountain, only forty minutes away from Lisbon by train.

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