Praia da Duquesa has calm, crystal-clear waters
Located between two large seafront mansions -- the Chalet Faial and Chalet Palmela (built in 1868 as the summer residence of a duke) -- this beach is really an extension of Praia da Conceição (at low tide the two beaches form one sandy stretch). Its name (literally “beach of the duchess”) honors the Duchess of Palmela, who lived in the mansion above.
Praia da Duquesa is located between two seafront mansions
It attracts the same number of locals and tourists as the adjoining Praia da Conceição, and many often paddleboard on its waters. There are some rocks on the shore, but the sea is usually calm and crystal-clear, inviting for a swim.
As this beach is easily accessed from the center of Cascais and the train station, it can get crowded in the summer, but if you follow the promenade past Chalet Palmela, and you’ll find quieter beaches and open-air bars and restaurants, all the way to Estoril (just over a 15-minute walk away).
Beach for: Swimming, Paddling, Walks by the sea
Bar or Restaurant: Yes
Transportation: Train from Lisbon
How to Get to Praia da Duquesa
Trains arrive in Cascais in just 40 minutes from Lisbon. They depart from Cais do Sodré station every 20 minutes. Once in Cascais, walk towards the seafront, and first you’ll see Praia da Conceição -- just walk past the mansion you see to the east, and you’re in Praia da Duquesa.
If you have purchased the Lisboa Card, you may ride the train for free.
Attractions by Praia da Duquesa
To the west you have Praia da Conceição and Praia da Rainha, plus Cascais’ “Museum Quarter.” To the east, you have the other beaches of Cascais and Estoril, which are just a short walk away, down the promenade.
Hotels by Praia da Duquesa
The Albatroz Hotel
It’s right next door in Praia da Conceição, and is one of the mansions seen from Praia da Duquesa. It’s a luxurious place, with an outdoor swimming pool and rooms facing the sea.
Cascais Miragem Hotel
Just a short walk across the road from Praia da Duquesa, this distinguished hotel overlooks the Atlantic, with a huge terrace and large pool, plus excellent spa facilities.