MYSTIC PATHS

Cascais

Cascais

Designated by Paris Match as the “Riviera de Portugal”, Cascais is situated in a beautiful bay about 30 km from Lisbon and is one of the main tourist destinations in Portugal that has long functioned as a beach and a retreat for the royal family, perhaps for this is considered a jet set spot.

Magical, full of palaces and a mystical aura throughout the historic center, it is famous for its luminosity, natural beauty, welcoming population and relaxed atmosphere. In the gastronomy, the highlights are fresh fish and seafood specialties and a wide range of traditional Portuguese and international food.

The Citadel of Cascais, built between the XV and XVII, is a fortification that protected the bay of Cascais and the landing zones near the capital. With the end of the monarchy was inhabited by several Presidents of the Republic and currently serves as the stage for exhibitions and shows, housing some relics of sacred art and an artillery museum in the garden.

The natural beauty of Cascais extends beyond the beautiful beaches, housing several parks and gardens, highlighting the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park with 14,583 hectares and more than 200 species of vertebrates: 33 mammals, more than 160 birds, 12 amphibians, 20 reptiles and 9 freshwater fish. Most of the natural heritage is located in the western part of the municipality and is part of the Natural Park of Sintra-Cascais.

Just outside Cascais, lies the mystery of Boca do Inferno, a mystical and curious rock formation set on the sea, marked by the legendary story of the staged suicide of the British Aleister Crowley, with the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa as an accomplice who also headed for these stops.

 The global magazine Monocle made the cover with “Reasons why we should all move to Cascais”.

GALLERY

Cascais was a destination for portuguese, spanish, italian royalty and for the poet Fernando Pessoa at the end of his life. Magical, mystical and mysterious, it is one of the most sought after destinations near the capital with a unique natural beauty.