Sun and Sea in Cascais
Come for the sunshine. Stay for the seemingly endless days of peace and quiet.
Beaches are one of the great attractions of the Cascais region. Clean, crystalline waters with excellent facilities and a superb infrastructure are just some of the attributes that will make your visit an unforgettable pleasure. Due to their high quality, the majority have been awarded the European Union’s coveted Blue Flag.
And besides picking up the ECO XXI Green Flag award, Cascais has also been distinguished as a Quality Coast, both accolades that endorse the most sustainable coastal areas in Europe.
The region is also part of the Beach for All programme in which inflatable wheelchairs are made available for people with handicaps or reduced mobility during the bathing season.
At this time of the year, visitors will often see groups of easily-identified local volunteers helping out with a range of tasks such as beach-cleaning, healthcare and tourist information to ensure that your experience is a safe and enjoyable one.
Geographically, the region’s beaches are divided into two distinct categories:
- In the more urban areas where pedestrians have better access, idyllic beaches are set in delightful little coves surrounded by elegant houses and palaces in the style of the Riviera. Lined with bars and esplanades, the seaside promenades have lots of things going on and a cosmopolitan air about them.
- The region has many other beautiful beaches, some a bit further away but still easily accessible, especially those protected by cliffs in the middle of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park where the water is less calm but very rich in iodine.
Owing to their favourable natural conditions and facilities, most of the beaches on the Cascais coast are a must for people who enjoy surfing, body-boarding, kite-surfing, windsurfing and stand-up paddle-boarding.