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Cascais marina

Once a small fishing village, Cascais is now a smart resort town, packed with elegant boutiques and restaurants. It is situated on the north side of the mouth of the River Tejo which flows through the capital of Portugal, Lisbon. Cascais’ popularity dates from 1870, when King Luís I decided to convert the 17th century Citadela here into his summer residence. Other aristocratic palaces and mansions soon followed and in 1926 the resort’s status was confirmed when the railway line from Lisbon to Cascais was the first in Portugal to be electrified. In view of Portugal’s neutrality during World War II, the heads of state of a number of European countries found refuge in Cascais and the nearby resort of Estoril. Among them were the Duke of Windsor, King Umberto of Italy, King Carol II of Romania, Prince Juan of Spain, Count Henri of France and Regent Horthy of Hungary. The town now boasts a smart 650-berth marina, Marina de Cascais to receive a new influx of celebrities - the world’s cruising yachtsmen and women - who are attracted by its convenience for visiting the attractions of Lisbon or Sintra.


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Entrance to the Marina, showing the silted area marked by red boys

Cascais is situated nine miles SE of Cabo da Roca and four miles W of the entrance to Lisbon. If approaching from the north, stay one mile off Cabo da Roca and Cabo Rasa. Leave the three S cardinal buoys and a further red can buoy to port as you pass along the southern breakwater. If approaching from the south, pass Cabo Espichel then steer a course of 331º, leaving a red pillar buoy one mile to port. The marina is entered from the NE. Keep clear of the end of the breakwater, leaving an unlit small red buoy to port. The reception quay is immediately to starboard on entering. After the breakwater do not try to steer directly to the reception quay. Now 2016 there are also small red boys in the entrance of the marina indicating a silted area.


Cascais is a port of entry/exit to Portugal.

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Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Marina de Cascais is a smart, full service marina offering a total of 650 berths for vessels up to 35 metres in minimum depths of 6.0 metres. Click on link for separate Wiki entry.


There is an anchorage just NE of the marina, which is sheltered from all directions except SE. Some occasional gusts in the afternoon seabreezes. Anchor wherever you can clear of the many moorings.


Water Water on all pontoons
Electricity Electricity (32 Ampere CEE Plug) on all pontoons
Toilets In the marina
Showers In the marina
Laundry In the marina
Garbage Bins in the marina
Fuel Fuel berth in the marina
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers ?
Repairs Boatyard in the marina with most electrical, electronic and sail repairs
Internet In the marina
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals Several outlets in the town


  • Excellent Pingo Doce supermarket in the marina.
  • Other shops 10 minutes away in the town.
  • Jumbo supermarket is situated in the town, they deliver to the marina.

Eating out

A total of eight cafes, bars and restaurants around the marina. Numerous others in the town.


  • Regular trains into Lisbon
  • Bus service to Sintra



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Places to Visit

Although there is little left of the fishing village which gave rise to Cascais, the town is not unattractive and repays at least a morning’s exploration. The Museu do Conde de Castro Guimarães is a remarkable structure in itself and has an excellent collection of 18th and 19th century artifacts, including some fine Indo-Portuguese furniture and an outstanding library. The church of Nossa Senhora da Assunção is also worth a visit for its 16th century altar, 18th century hand-painted tiles and several paintings by Josefa d’Óbidos, a celebrated female 17th century artist who achieved a status rare for women at the time. Finally, the Grutas de Alapraia in the north of the town are an unusual attraction, a series of underground caves dating back to the Neolithic period and only discovered in the late 19th Century. If venturing further afield, Cascais is a handy base for exploring the charms of Sintra ten miles to the north, with its overblown ‘Neuschwanstein’-style royal castle, Palacio de Pena, on a dizzy peak overlooking the town and 9th century Moorish castle Castelo dos Mouros, built on an equally inaccessible crag to the north.

Cascais from the marina
Museu do Conde de Castro Guimarães
The town of Sintra


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  • With our Lagoon 380, called Mobilae, we stayed two nights in Cascais. One in the Marina and the other anchored just outside the marina. The marina was surprisingly cheap for a catamaran, 23 Euro (March 2012). Very friendly welcome and because it was our first time in this marina, we were welcomed with a basket with a bottle of wine and some Cascais brochures --Mobilae
  • I was there several times 2012 and 2016 . . . the wine bottle welcome did not changed. I visited the marine 4 times in a month and for every visit I got a bottle.

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