Located about 25 kilometers from Lisbon, Cascais’ stunning beaches and historic sites make it an ideal destination for those looking to explore the country’s rich history and culture. One of the most popular attractions in Cascais is the Marine of Cascais, a beautiful harbor located on the Atlantic coast.
The Marine of Cascais has been part of Portuguese life since its founding by King John I in 1387. At this time, it was used as a port for trade between Lisbon and other European countries. Over time, however, it became more than just a trading post; it served as an important military defense against invading forces such as Napoleon’s troops during the Peninsular War (1808-1814). The fortifications around the harbor were improved over time, and today they are still standing strong, providing evidence of their long history.
Today, visitors come to Marine of Cascais not only to admire its historical significance, but also to enjoy its beauty and charm. Its picturesque setting makes it one of Portugal’s top tourist destinations with plenty to see and do throughout the year round: from sailing trips along its waters or exploring nearby caves with crystal clear waters; admiring art galleries or enjoying delicious seafood dishes at local restaurants; leisurely strolling through parks or taking part in lively festivals – there truly is something for everyone here.
In addition to all these activities available within Marine itself, many people travel further out into nature when visiting this area – be sure not check out some amazing hiking trails along Cabo da Roca (the westernmost point on mainland Europe) or take day trips up north towards Sintra where you can visit ancient castles surrounded by lush forests.