Heritage in Cascais
Occupied since the beginnings, Cascais lived together with Romans, Muslims, pirates and Normans, who gave each a little of its history, ways of life, traditions, passed on to the Portuguese generation and currently maintained, making Cascais which is presently. The place name comes from its plural Cascal, which relates to the large amount of marine mollusks that there were their shells.
Once a luxurious summer retreat for the Portuguese monarchy in the nineteenth century and during World War hosted European royalty, Cascais has become a refined and desired cultural center, accompanied by a range of infrastructure that support, along with a tempting nightlife and an exceptional quality of life. A heritage that stood for centuries, years and moments that offer beautiful lighthouses, forts and the dynamics of Cascais.
In the historic center, the Camões Square exudes a lively atmosphere appreciated both by locals as by visitors who are lost in the restaurants, bars and trade this off. Within walking distance, the Straight Street is the main focus of Cascais trade between shops and street vendors, malls and fairs, you can find various pieces of craftsmanship and history.
Following to the coastline, you can find the fishermen coserem their fishing nets, together with their leaky boats colors, contrasting with the modern marina, which houses the yachts of luxury and exquisite restaurants and interesting bars.
One of the great attractions of Cascais area is the Hell’s Mouth, a deep ravine, which has been eroded by the wild waves of the Atlantic. An attraction that allows a truly beautiful spectacle to see the clash of waves against continental plate.
Touring the coastline, following the wall that connects Cascais and Estoril, there are several ice cream parlors, but one evokes the full attention, with the best ice cream Portugal Santini there since 1949, founded by Atillio Santini, who wanted to share with the world their gelato offering a unique Taste experience.
Regarding museums, the following are highlighted.
Paula Rego Museum – “House of Stories”
Opened in 2009, this museum is dedicated to the soul of the painter Paula Rego, with his 50-year career of unique works and magnificent paintings both designed by Paula Rego as by her husband Victor Wiling.
Museum Conde de Castro Guimarães
Opened in 1931, this museum is in a house that belonged to Manuel Conde de Castro Guimarães. Today presents a collection of paintings of the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, and sculptural furniture that symbolize all the aristocratic history of Cascais.
A museum that honors the maritime heritage of the city of Cascais and its King Carlos I, pioneer of Portuguese oceanography, who in 1908 was murdered. This museum presents several rare fossils, shells, old boats and remains of ships wrecked in the Tagus and Sado river.