Cosmopolitan yet laid-back Cascais is 20 miles west of Lisbon on an estuary of the River Tejo.
The village was a small fishing village until King Luis I chose it as his summer retreat. Portuguese high society followed, constructing lavish villas.
It’s not only the arresting beauty of the bay that charms locals and visitors alike. Cascais is known for its great beaches, manicured parks, shops offering traditional items and upscale clothing boutiques. A multitude of restaurants provide outdoor seating, and interesting museums can be enjoyed by the art or history buff.