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©Inês Calado Rosa Parque Marechal Carmona, em Cascais

The best parks and gardens in Cascais

Breathing fresh air and strolling among the trees at the best parks in Cascais

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There are countless green areas to relax and unwind in Cascais. Feel free to wonder around, stroll among the trees and discover the calming refuge from the big city. In these parks in Cascais there are playgrounds for the kids, picnic areas or even adventure tracks to keep you busy. On the other hand, you will also find a lot of free, peacuful and green spaces to just sit back and read a book, have a nap or just breathe in the fresh air.

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Best park and gardens in Cascais

Jardim, Passeios, Actividades, Parque Marechal Carmona, Cascais
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Marechal Carmona Park

Attractions Parks and gardens

Considered to be one of the town’s lungs, this park was created in the 1940s by combining the gardens of the Counts of Castro Guimarães Palace (which is now a museum within the park) with the lands belonging to Viscount Gandarinha. This is a park with a romantic side, with lots of nooks for those on dates, but it is also very family-friendly, with two children’s play parks (one for infants, one for older children), and has peacocks, ducks, cockerels, hens and a large lawn that is ideal for sunbathing.

Parques, Jardins, Parque Palmela, Cascais
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Palmela Park

Attractions Parks and gardens

If the Parque Marechal Carmona is one of the town’s lungs, then Parque de Palmela is the other. Built by the Dukes of Palmela in 1870, it has a popular canopy circuit that is suitable for people of all ages (to find out more, visit the Pedaços de Aventura website) and the Fernando Lopes-Graça Auditorium, which is a reminder of the days when the Duchess of Palmela organised extravagant parties. It also has a fitness circuit. Plus it’s never really too busy, so it’s perfect for those early romantic encounters that you want to keep quiet.

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Jardins, Casino Estoril, Cascais
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Casino Estoril Gardens

Attractions Parks and gardens

The gardens start outside Estoril Casino and extend all the way to the train station. They might have lost some of the glamour they had when they were built about 100 years ago, when the great Estoril project was born, but they are still a nice place to go for a walk or take the kids for a bike ride - this is where a lot of children in Estoril learn to ride their bikes - or just watch the fish in the ponds. After all, what child isn’t fascinated by a golden carp? You can always swing by the Deck Bar, a classic restaurant, and grab a croquette and a beer to drink while seated on one of the park benches.

Passeios, Parque Nacional Sintra-Cascais, Palácio Nacional da Pena
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Sintra-Cascais Natural Park

Attractions Parks and gardens

The figures provided by the local council are not wrong. In the 14,583 hectares that make up this park - partly in Sintra county, partly in Cascais - there are 33 different mammals, more than 160 different birds, 12 species of amphibians, 20 types of reptile and nine different kinds of freshwater fish. And no, this is not a zoo. It is a park where you can lose yourself on the trails, in the incredible views, in the pines and on the cliffs. It is the right place for real walking enthusiasts, and has a number of different routes that can easily be found online.

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Parque, Jardim, Cascais, Parque da Ribeira dos Mochos
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Ribeira dos Mochos Park

Attractions Parks and gardens

This park has 41,000 m2 of greenery, part of which is integrated into the National Ecological Network. This urban park incorporates (and is named after) the Ribeira dos Mochos, one of Cascais county’s main waterways. Opened in 2010, it has a children’s playground, an adventure trail, a picnic area and places to walk, as well as the obligatory fitness circuit. An interesting bit of trivia: it is also home to the Cascais Nurseries, where plants are grown that will be replanted in other green areas across Cascais.

Parque, Jardim, Estoril, Parque Urbano Bosque dos Gaios
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Bosque dos Gaios Urban Park

Attractions Parks and gardens

Bike paths, pram paths, rest areas and lots of space in which to let the little ones run free is what you will find in the Bosque dos Gaios Urban Park. It borrows its name from one of the birds that live there, along with the rabbits and owls – so you can see how the kids will be entertained, right? – and has around 2.5 hectares of green space to explore. It has a picnic area, a viewpoint and, because every self-respecting park must have one, a fitness circuit for those who prefer to exercise for free in the open air.

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Jardim, Parque, Carcavelos, Parque Quinta da Alagoa
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Quinta da Alagoa Park

Attractions Parks and gardens

It once belonged to the Jesuits and was where the famed Carcavelos wine was made. Today it is a green urban space that retains some of the original forest, boxwood – with representations of animals in boxwood – and has tennis courts, children’s playgrounds and a lagoon. You can visit to read the paper, grab 40 winks, catch some sun or just wander around for the fun of it.

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Things to do

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Free things to do in Cascais

Things to do

Let's be honest here. There is nothing better than being able to head out town without breaking bank. So don't worry too much about setting budgets yet, there are many ways of exploring the city without spending one euro. It seems that the best things in life actually do come free - in Cascais at least they do. Whether it be going to museums or enjoying beautiful landscapes. There is a bit for everyone.

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guincho, praia
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The best water activities in Cascais

Things to do

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