Cascais used to be a small fishing village until the Portuguese royal family decided to vacation here in the late 19th century and early 20th century. From then on it quickly became a popular vacation spot for both Portuguese and foreign tourists.
There’s a modern side of Cascais, that has fairly modern buildings, many touristy shops and a McDonalds, but there’s also a historic centre with grand pastel coloured buildings that almost all have those typical fabulous tiles at the façade, like the city hall for instance.
The citadel is the remainder of the vacations from the royal family, but at this moment you can only see the outside walls since they are doing some hefty reconstructions on the inside.
The absolute highlight of Cascais is the Museum Conde Castro Guimarães. This former palace, it’s interior and its surrounding park was donated to the people of Cascais by Count Manuel de Castro Guimarães, who died in 1927. The palace shows the luxurious life of wealthy Portuguese aristocrats with beautiful paintings, sculptures, furniture, porcelain and a valuable library.
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