Cascais Free Tour
Cascais Free Walking Tour: The Villa that Welcomed the World
What to see and do in Cascais? Cascais is a very old town with an ambiance that has no match.
A village that was once inhabited by Romans and Moors, Spanish and French invaders, European royal houses and double agents. Cascais is therefore much more than beaches and nightlife. Come and visit the most famous bay in Portugal and let yourself be carried away by the charm of Cascais and its stories, in another free walking tour created by Take Lisboa.
The Cascais Freetour will have the sea as its companion, from the beaches of Conceição and Rainha to the mystical Boca do Inferno. But Cascais isn't just its white sandy beaches, small shops in the narrowest streets or restaurants where the fresh fish arrives every day. Cascais was once a simple fishing village and in this Freetour we will tell you how it became the summer retreat of the Portuguese monarchy in the 19th century.
Port wine and even Colares wine are already well known by those who visit Portugal. Did you know that there's another less well known wine from the region that's worth tasting? What would the 19th century beaches be like in the Cascais region? How were the ladies and gentlemen dressed who enjoyed this paradise just over 30 kilometres from Lisbon every summer? What was the importance of Cascais for the Discoveries? What happened to it in the great earthquake of 1755? Why is there such a large English community in Cascais? These and many other questions will be answered throughout our Cascais Freetour.
We will also get to know one of the most famous ice-cream parlours in the world, Santini, and the history of its founder, the Italian Attilio Santini. Never losing sight of the colourful bay of Cascais, the most recent boats, side by side with the small boats of fishermen.
But a Cascais Freetour wouldn't be called so without also talking about monarchies, the Portuguese king Dom Carlos I and the many royal houses that sought shelter here in times of war and conflict. And if we're talking about war, we can't let go of the story of Dusko Popov and the mythical Baccarat game at Estoril Casino.
The location of Cascais is truly unique: Cascais is very close to the mouth of the Tagus River, with the Serra de Sintra on its back and in front of it beaches where the sea comes to rest. Contemporary, sophisticated, Cascais is the meeting point of the blue Atlantic Ocean with the history of Portugal.
There will certainly not be a more invigorating Take Lisboa Freetour. For more than 2 hours, the Cascais Freetour is bathed in the energy of the sun and the sea, the stories of the village's foundation, the royal palaces, the fishing boats and the love stories and mysteries of international espionage. Be prepared He is also preparing for a breathtaking end! Not to be missed.