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Cascais, Portugal Cruise Port

Historic Cascais is filled with character; a delightful and diminutive place to experience life on the Portuguese coast. Alongside some particularly rich history and culture there's a solid love of sport in the town, and in addition to the sailing, surfing and windsurfing in the bay there's also a number of fantastic golf courses in the area, owing to the region's mild weather.

Sightseeing in Cascais

Cascais and the neighbouring town of Sintra combine rich history and culture with a vibrant modern way of life. Head down to the beach to watch surfers making the most of the waves; stroll into the centre to see some of the town's remarkable artistic and historical heritage; or maybe take a trip to nearby Sintra for some enchanting royal architecture.

Cascais Citadel and museums

The town itself is packed with history, and its small size makes it easy to get around and see the sights. On a shore excursion here you may get the opportunity to see the Cidadela, a solid slab of history in the form of a stern fortress – softened by the sight of the palms, lawns and brightly-coloured buildings that surround it. Those exploring further afield will find museums dedicated to nautical life and the surrounding region, as well as a museum devoted to the work of artist Paula Rego, who donated hundreds of etchings, drawings and personal notes to accompany several paintings in the collection.

Sintra

A trip to the nearby town of Sintra will reveal a treasure trove of fantastical royal palaces, beautifully built and intricately decorated both inside and out. Visitors taking a tour of the town's historic stately buildings can expect to see castle walls and turrets painted in bright primary colours; pristine white archways and impossibly ornate interiors. Sintra's outstanding beauty has earned it recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and boasts Moorish architecture as well as native Portuguese construction – some of which is still standing strong  since medieval times.

Guincho  Beach

Many visitors to this part of the world like to head to the deep blue-green sea around Guincho beach, where large waves roll and break against the soft sand of the shore. The beach is a favourite amongst surfers and windsurfers – and what could be better than watching them tackling the wind and the waves as you relax on the shore?

Shopping in Cascais

The town has a great reputation for booksellers, and the local book market that takes place twice a year could be a fantastic place to pick up a classic title – often published in English too, which can be had for a knock-down price. The local beach is also lined with stalls selling all manner of things, and art lovers can find works for sale in the local galleries.

Eating Out in Cascais

Wine and dine by the sea in one of the town's elegant restaurants, many of which serve fresh seafood and overlook the marina. The local eateries are renowned for their service, and many enjoy a good reputation with visitors to the town. Be sure to try the local cheeses and cured meats too – and what would your fine dining experience be without some fantastic Portuguese wine?

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