Located close to Lisbon, Cascais is a Portuguese fishing town, and the most popular tourist spot on the Lisbon coast. It was once a popular retreat for the Portuguese royals, and it retains a certain historic charm.
The beaches are one of the main reasons people flock to Cascais. The rocky coastline is home to miles of white sand beaches. The waves are popular with surfers who travel here from across the world, but there are plenty of sheltered bays where you can enjoy a swim or paddle.
Although Cascais is technically a city, it has the feel of a slow paced beach town. The buildings along the waterside are painted and well maintained, making it a popular place for street photographers.
The center of Cascais you find outdoor cafes, restaurants, and shops selling local produce or things made by local artists. There are parks, forts, and statues everywhere along with lots of museums. The Barrio do Museus (Neighborhood of the Museums) allows you to enter all museums run by City Hall with a single ticket.
English is the second most spoken language in Portugal, and you absolutely don’t have to learn Portuguese. You can find English-speaking professionals and staff without any problems. The younger generations are nearly all confident speaking English, although the older generations tend to speak better French. That said most expats recommend taking some Portuguese lessons, if only out politeness.
There is a strong expat presence in Portugal, and Cascais is a popular destination. You will find more British than American expats. However the numbers of North Americans making the move here is increasing every year.
Portugal has solid infrastructure with superfast internet and reliable electricity. Cascais is a pioneer of sustainable energy and nearly three-quarters of the energy consumed here comes from sustainable sources. The public transport is reliable and good enough that a car is not needed in Cascais. Accordingly, Cascais is very pedestrian friendly and he walkways are pretty, and well maintained. If you’re looking to travel further afield, you can reach Portugal’s other cities quickly and easily via train or bus.
Cost of Living in Cascais, Portugal
Here is the approximate budget for a couple renting an apartment or home in Cascais:
|Rent||€ 1,300||Unfurnished, two-bedroom, comfortable apartment of 75-80 square meters in desirable area.|
|Transportation||€ 100||Monthly pass for two, plus occasional taxis.|
|Gas||N/A||Bundled with electricity and water.|
|Electricity||€ 90||Using air conditioning.|
|Telephone, Internet, Cable TV||N/A|
|Cell Phone||€ 49.99||Bundled with internet and TV. 150 cable channels, 100 Mbps home internet, 500 Mbps of cell data plus unlimited calls and texts.|
|Entertainment||€ 484||Movie tickets: 7 per ticket; dinner and drinks for two: 25-50; drinks for two: 20.|
|Groceries||€ 300||Basic items for a couple.|
|Medical Appointments||€ 30||A basic doctor/clinic appointment; per visit.|
|Household Help||€ 224||Two four-hour visits per week; 7 per hour.|
|TOTAL||€ 2,608.99||US $ 2951.25|