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Golf Courses

Oitavos Dunes
Penha Longa
San Lorenzo
Troia
Val do Lobo - Ocean course
Vale do Lobo - Royal

Excursions

Cascais
Faro
Lisbon
Sintra

Hotels
Grande Real Villa Italia
Hotel Albatroz
Le Meridien Dona Filipa
Quinta do Lago

Cascais

Region: Lisbon
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Protected from nature’s elements at the mouth of the Rio Tejo, Cascais a small fishing port was occupied by the Spanish under the Duke of Alba in 1579 followed by the French in 1807. In 1870 King Luís I, converted the 17th Century Citadela into his summer residence and Cascais soon became a fashionable town and aristocratic palaces and mansions followed.

In 1926 the railway line from Lisbon to Cascais was the first to be electrified in Portugal. During the 2nd World War several Kings and Heads of European countries sought refuge in Cascais and nearby Estoril. With these people came other aristocrats, politicians, actors and writers - so many that the population increased by over 20,000 people between 1939 and 1946. Important exiles included the British Duke of Windsor, King Umberto of Italy, Princess Joana of Italy, King Carol II of Romania, Prince Juan of Spain, Count Henri of France, part of the Hapsburg family, Regent Horthy of Hungary; all can be associated with the history of both this town and that of neighbouring Estoril. One of the most outstanding palaces open to the public is the Palácio de Conde de Castro Guimarães . Its private collection includes over 25,000 books.

Today Cascais is the dormitory of the Lisbon international working community. It boasts a smart new Marina, good shopping and seafood restaurants, the fish market still operates and is well worth a visit. Regular bullfights are held in the Praça de Touros built in 1873. Open-air concerts are often held in Parque Palmela.

Within easy reach of Cascais is the famous beach at Guincho with its high waves that attract windsurfers from all around the world. The next town to the east of Cascais is the resort town of Estoril with its popular casino, the largest in Europe. To the north and within easy reach is the romantic and fascinating town of Sintra, made famous after a glowing account of its splendours recorded by Lord Byron.

 

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