When visiting a beautiful historic city close to the sea, the question always comes of could we see ourselves retiring here. We tend to spend a lot of time thinking about the positives and negatives. However, Cascais, in Portugal, is one of those cities that make people think about retiring at 30. One of the great things about this place is that it is only a quick forth min. ride on a train from the Portugal capital and is a great Lisbon day trip to Cascais for an amazing beach experience.
Lisbon Day Trip To Cascais Beach
How To Get To Cascais From Lisbon
Getting to Cascais from Lisbon is quite easy. In fact, you can easily do a quick trip in just a day. The main train that you can take is the Comboios do Portugal. You can get the rechargeable Viva Viagem card for only 0.50 euros with the addition of the train ride price. It is possible to get the card in any metro station including the main Cais do Sodré
- Two one-way 4 zone tickets: The price is 2.15 euro one way or 4.30 round trip
- 24 hours: The price for the 24 hour ticket is 10 euros. It gives you the right to unrestricted rides on the train, bus, tram, and metro.
- Zapping: The price is 1.80 euro one way or 3.60 round trip. This is probably the most economical payment method for transportation around the city. It costs no more than 3 euros for the card and gives you the best rates on public transportation in the city. Taking the train trip is only 40 mins to get to Cascais. However, if taking a car on the A5, the trip is 30 kilometers and takes at least 30 mins.
The city’s beaches are definitely the main attraction and makes for a great day trip to Cascais from Lisbon. The two main ones in town are Praia da Rainha and Praia da Ribeira. However, be warned that in the summertime between July to August, the seashores are extremely crowded.
To get away from the crowds, consider heading over to Praia do Guincho. It is only 10 kilometers away and there are free bikes in Cascais, the Bicas, that you can get at the following places:
- The Cascais Train Station: The bikes are located right outside the station near the McDonald’s. However, be warned that the last time that we checked, they were all taken by around 9 in the morning.
- Marechal Carmona Park: You can find the bikes right outside the entrance to the park in a minor shed. Even in the summer, when we tried to get some at 9:45 in the morning, there were still a lot of bikes still available to take.
- Casa da Guia: You can find the bikes along the Guincho bike path near the ocean.
The only thing that you need to use the bikes is some sort of identification. However, you do not get a lock or helmet with the bikes, and the bikes aren’t in the greatest state. If you want to get something a little bit better, a rental bike costs 10 euros for the day.
For those you do not want to bike, there is also buses (Scotturb 415 and 405) that go to Buincho. You can find the bus station at the lowest floor of the train station. The price for a one way ticket is around 3 euros one way.
Where To Eat In Cascais
One of the best places to eat in the city is Cafe Galeria House of Wonders. The restaurant is a great place that makes great vegan food options. Even if you prefer eating meat, there are many things such as the noodles made from zucchinis and mezze that are bound to catch your interest. If you want to take it one more step, you can also eat on the rooftop terrace at get a great view of the ocean with your meal. This is a nice place to end your wonderful day at the beach.
In addition, Santini is a great and popular chain of gelato restaurants in Portugal that offers some of the bet sorbets.