Cascais has turned into a luxurious destination for retired foreigners, that find here the perfect place to enjoy their long ‘golden years’, with a huge offer of luxury properties available to buy.
With an overwhelming amount of sunny days spreading all year round, Cascais has gain reputation as a fishing village set by the shore, offering warm temperatures and a generous coast to enjoy such benefits. Those arriving here from other locations discover a beach paradise that tempts bathing, an extensive boardwalk and a bike lane up to Guincho, where one can exercise or simply promenade by the seaside.
For golf lovers (a sport activity much appreciated by retired foreigners) there are seven courses available, designed by different architects within natural scenery settings, and offering amazing ocean views. For those that prefer nautical sports, Cascais bay is an active hub for sailing and stand-up paddle, while surf is the election sport along Guincho’s beaches. A large variety of gyms provides good training spots for those that like to keep a training routine, offering several types of training plans with the assistance of highly trained, seasoned professionals. Following the exercise activity, a visit to the Banyan Tree Spa – considered one of the best spas in the world – is an experience not to be missed, where moments of relaxation await all dedicated sportspeople.
Cascais provides good access to any needed health care treatment through the Portuguese National Health Service (SNS), serviced at local level by Health Centers in every parish, where non-emergency health care can be provided. Cascais is also equipped with good hospitals, offering a fairly easily accessible, quick and efficient service, in institutions that are either part of the Portuguese National Health Service or privately operated.
The town’s urban life comfort mixes with the daily presence of tourists walking Cascais’ streets, reason why English is widely spoken, along with Spanish, German, French and other world languages. Tourists and locals alike enjoy the street life until late hours of the evening, a testimony to Portugal’s ranking as the fourth safest country in the world. The Portuguese hospitality is also felt in the great cuisine and good wine served here; there are plenty of restaurants around town, serving the best fresh fish and shellfish arriving daily from the sea, as well as other international specialties.
The narrow streets are site for many small local stores, while the Town Market is an attraction by itself, selling local fresh produce brought in daily from the surrounding area. The rehabilitated market is also a great stopping point to savor some appetizers at the restaurants surrounding it.
Cascais cultural agenda is very diversified, presently staging most of its productions on the equipment installed in the area known as the Museums’ District. At Estoril, culture and amusement are the main dishes served at the famous Casino Estoril.
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To retire in Cascais can be a gratifying adventure, with the Sintra Hills on one side for those looking for long walks in close contact with Nature, and the cosmopolitan Portuguese capital on the other, just twenty minutes away on a pleasant train ride along the seaside.
Article in a partnership between Bestguide and INS