Arty beachside town
Cascais is much more than its pretty, fishing-town exterior would have you believe. Its pedestrianised old town is lined with charming restaurants and designer boutiques, and is home to lush green parks and grand 19th-century homes.
Cultural types should make a beeline for the Condes de Castro stately home and Paula Rego art gallery, while photographers might want to check out the Boca de Inferno cliff formation for a great photo opportunity. As for nightlife, it's a medley of al fresco restaurants, lively jazz bars and Marbella-esque cocktail lounges.
Looking to explore further? Enjoy a day trip to Lisbon - trains can get you to the capital in just 40 minutes.
Flights from the UK to Lisbon take around two and a half hours.
Transfer time from Lisbon airport to Cascais is approximately 40 minutes.
Thanks to its ocean-side location, the Lisbon Coast enjoys plenty of bright and breezy weather. Expect temperatures to hit the high 20s during the summer months - ideal for beach days and sightseeing in the city. Spring and autumn are also pleasant, with average highs of 20-22 degrees.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Portugal.
Tipping in Portugal is generally optional. At cafés and when taking taxis, you can just round up to the nearest euro. When in restaurants, it’s common to leave around 10%.
The official language of Portugal is Portuguese. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.