The beaches in the center of Cascais have calm waters, but there are also waves for surfers
The coastline extending to the west of Lisbon leads to Cascais, an affluent seaside suburb. It’s known for its sandy beaches and a calm sea, although there are also waves for surfers. It’s the coastline chosen by most tourists for a day at the beach, as it has a regular train service linking it to central Lisbon.
It can get very crowded in the summer, but there is always space for everyone. It appeals to all kinds of travelers -- from young surfers to seniors, to families and couples on a romantic holiday.
The beaches in Cascais can get crowded in the summer, but you'll always find one with enough space for you
The largest and most popular beach on this coast is Carcavelos, while Praia da Conceição is the most recommended for those looking for a scenic beach in a convenient location. In between is Estoril, whose famous Tamariz Beach is linked to Cascais by a continuous beachfront promenade. Further north is the wild beach of Guincho, known for its massive dunes and as a windsurfing destination.
How to Get to the Beaches in Cascais
Trains to Cascais depart from Lisbon’s Cais do Sodré Station every 20 minutes throughout the day. They take 40 minutes to reach Cascais (just 33 minutes in the morning until 10am and between 5pm and 8:30pm), and stop at several seaside locations along the way (if you have purchased the Lisboa Card, you may ride the train for free).
The best beaches start in Estoril, where you may walk down a promenade towards Cascais (it’s about a 15-minute walk). Many of them have sunshades and sunbeds for rent, and there are several bars and restaurants facing the sea. In Cascais, the closest beach to the train station is Praia da Conceição. To reach the wilder beach of Guincho you may rent a bike or take a Scotturb bus, which departs from the center of town (from the terminal below the Cascais Villa shopping mall) around every hour (number 405 or 415).
Beaches in Cascais
- Praia da Conceição - Central beach for sunbathing, paddling and bars
- Praia da Rainha - Small postcard beach for swimming in calm waters
- Praia da Duquesa - Beach of crystal-clear waters between two mansions
- Praia do Guincho - Beautiful, wild, windswept beach for water sports
- Praia da Cresmina - Surfing beach overlooked by a 17th-century fortress
- Praia da Ribeira - Picturesque beach with a volleyball net and child-friendly waters
- Praia de Santa Marta - Tiny beach in fairytale-like surroundings
- Praia de Carcavelos - Broad sands for beach and watersports enthusiasts, with volleyball nets and surfing schools