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Fotografia: Inês Calado Rosa Parque Marechal Carmona, em Cascais

The best parks 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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The best parks in Cascais

1. Marechal Carmona Park

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One of the green lungs of Cascais, created in the 1940s by joining the gardens of the Condes de Castro Guimarães Palace (the museum of the same name is near the park) and lands owned by the Gandarinha Viscount. The park has something of a romantic feel, with many quiet spots for lovebirds, but it is also great for children - it features two playgrounds (one for toddlers, one for bigger kids) and there’s also peacocks, ducks, roosters, chickens and a big lawn where you can sunbathe.

2. Palmela Park

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If Marechal Carmona Park is one of the green lungs of Cascais, then Palmela is the other. Built in 1870 by the Dukes of Palmela, it includes a popular treetop path, fit for people of all ages - to learn more, check the website of the company in charge, Pedaços de Aventura (www.pedaçosdeaventura.com/ home). There’s a concert hall, the Fernando Lopes-Graça Auditorium, a legacy from the days when the Duchess of Palmela hosted grand parties. The park also has a hiking path.

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jardim do casino de estoril
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3. Casino Gardens

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Right in front of the Casino Estoril, the gardens stretch all the way to the train station. They may not be as glamorous as when they were built, about 100 years ago, but they are still a great place for a walk, for the kids to ride their bikes (this is where many Estoril children grew out of their training wheels) or to watch fish swim in the ponds along the garden.

4. Carlos Anjos Garden

Attractions Parks and gardens Cascais

The official name is Carlos Anjos Garden, but it is better known as Passarinhos - “Birdies” - Garden. It is not an exaggeration to describe it as epicentre of local life in Monte Estoril; natives seek it for the barebones kiosk, where they can have an espresso and read the newspaper, while kids have a playground a little below, an ideal spot to keep an eye on them while enjoying your coffee.

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passeio Trekking Sintra romântica
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5. Sintra-Cascais Natural Park

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Numbers given by the Cascais Municipality are clear. This park has 14,583 hectares, partly in Sintra, partly in Cascais, containing a wide variety of species - 33 mammals, more than 160 birds, 12 amphibians and 9 freshwater fish. No, it’s not a zoo, but a park where you can roam through paths, gorgeous views, pine woods and cliffs. You can find the various hiking paths here: http://www2.icnf.pt/portal/ap/p-nat/pnsc/visit.

6. Ribeira dos Mochos Park

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A green area of 41,000 square metres, partly within the Portuguese Ecological National Network, this urban park includes the Mochos creek (that’s where the name comes from) and one of the main waterways in Cascais. Open since 2010, it includes a children’s playground, an adventure track, a picnic area and hiking paths.

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7. Quinta da Alagoa Park

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Once owned by the Jesuit order, it is also where the mythic Carcavelos wine was produced. Now it has become a very green urban area, which keeps part of its original vegetation, boxwood - there’s even some animal-shaped boxwood topiary. Also available are tennis courts, children’s playgrounds and a pond. It’s a good place to go read a newspaper, take a nap or just roam around.

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Things to do in Cascais: a perfect day

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If you're in Lisbon, you definitely can't leave without taking a tour through Cascais. Less than an hour away from the city - and you can even take the train and enjoy the view on the way there - it's the true jewel of Portugal's capital. You’ve woken up and feel like getting out and about with so many options of things to do in Cascais. 

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Free things to do in Cascais

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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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The best water activities in Cascais

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In a land bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, where even in the winter it feels good to dip your feet in the water, there is no shortage of water activities for the most adventurous. Surfing and kitesurfing, boat rides or sailling lessons, here are 10 ideas to navigate the waters in Cascais.

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