Cascais is a middle-market resort that caters to couples and families. Young couple will enjoy the lively atmosphere and golfers and water sports enthusiasts will find plenty to keep them occupied. Some areas of the resort are quite hilly meaning those with walking difficulties may not find it easy to get around. The transfer time from Lisbon airport to Cascais could be up to an hour. This gives you plenty of time to look at the surrounding scenery that Lisbon has to offer and time to gain an understanding of the location of the resort as well as the location of your accommodation within the resort. There are 3 small beaches located in Cascais, each of which have golden sands and plenty of sunbeds and parasols available to hire. There are a number of 3-4-star hotels in Cascais offering you half-board and all-inclusive. There are also a number of self-catering apartments available.
Cascais is a brilliant resort for you to go to if you enjoy leisure activities. Golf, tennis and horse-riding have all become very popular in Cascais and many people take part in these activities when they are in the resort. Water sports are also very popular. Windsurfing, surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, jet-skiing, water-skiing, swimming, paragliding and sailing are all popular water activities. There are also plenty of boat excursions and deep-sea fishing trips for you to enjoy. Other activities include sightseeing. The Museum of the Sea and the Municipal Museum are very popular as are many of the historic buildings in the town. Many people tend to enjoy walks around the town, looking at the architecture and waterfront walks looking at the rocky cliffs. There are also a lot of excursions that you can go on such as a visit to other beaches, a visit to Lisbon for shopping and sightseeing, boat cruises, visits to museums or take in the views of forests and lakes in the Sintra-Cascais National Park.
There are a number of places to eat in Cascais and a number of cuisines on offer. Many restaurants offer local Portuguese cuisine and seafood, which is predominately shellfish. Other restaurants offer international cuisines such as Chinese, Italian, Indian, French, and British. Chicken and fish are favourites in most restaurants. Local wines are said to be good and quite cheap. There are several bars and nightclubs in the area enabling you to have a lively evening. There can be musical performances including dance and classical music. Nearby in Estoril is a casino which is one of the largest in Europe. There are a range of options available in Cascais for shopping. You will find clothing, shoes, bags, perfumeries, leather goods, supermarkets, jewellery and souvenirs in Cascais. Trains run every 20 minutes and there are plenty of buses that take you to beaches and other local towns. There are plenty of taxis and you may even choose to take a horse-drawn carriage one day.
The weather in Cascais is what attracts to many people each year. The summers in Cascais are long and dry with winters continuing to stay mild with limited rainfall. July and August are the hottest months in Cascais with average temperatures reaching 30°C. You will also find up to 12 hours of sunshine a day meaning you have plenty of time to enjoy the day. The coastal breezes tend to keep the temperatures slightly lower to enable you to feel more comfortable in the heat. The spring and autumn is still warm with temperatures at 17-19°C. The coldest winter months are January and December although the temperature is till at around 15°C. There is also still around 6 hours of sunshine a day. From November to March is when most of the rainfall comes however on average there are only around 50 days of rainfall a year.