Rent a car in Cascais with Europcar
Once a humble fishing town, Cascais became popular in the late 1800s when the Portuguese royal family began to visit during the summer. This cosmopolitan edge has stayed, and the historic centre, sandy beaches, whimsical museums and trendy boutiques make it a popular vacation spot for Portuguese and tourists.
With its location next to Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, spanning 145 kilometres-squared, and Lisbon just half an hour away by car, there is plenty to see around the city, too.
The Europcar car rental experience in Cascais
There are lots of economy car hire options when you rent a hire car in Cascais. From the Renault Twingo and Peugeot 208, there are several choices for smaller groups. Travelling in a large group? Volkswagen Golf and Renault Megane are on hand to transport families and bigger parties.
Europcar Cascais also offers a large selection of van hire, with small and larger van rentals available on a short or long term basis. Plan your trip and we will find you car hire to suit it.
Driving in Cascais
In addition to your a valid driver’s licence from your home country, make sure you keep a photo ID or passport on you at all times when driving.
In Portugal, the national speed limits vary. In urban areas and towns, it is 50 km/h, increasing to 90 km/h on rural roads and 120 km/h for motorways. Speed limits around residential areas and schools usually lower to 40 km/h.
Parking in the historic centre of Cascais is limited and unadvised due to the winding and narrow streets. There is unlimited parking in off-street multi storey car parks, with varying rates and stay time. You can park from 1 hour to 24 hours, although some are expensive. Check whether your hotel has parking attached to its site.
There are several tolls to pay on roads in Portugal. You can pay these with cash, credit/debit cards or an electronic system. There are several types of electronic tolls: Easy Toll, Toll Card, Toll Service and Via Verde Visitors. Via Verde and Easy Toll. Easy Toll is a pre-charged system connected to your credit card, Toll Card and Toll Service are pre-paid vouchers, and Via Verde are electronic wireless devices.
Discover Cascais and surroundings by car
The Sintra hills are near enough to spend some time exploring by car. From Pena Palace, Cresmina Dune, Praia do Guincho and Palace of Sintra, are just some of the magical attractions.
The country capital, Lisbon, is just 30 minutes by car from Cascais. Take a day or more visiting this colourful and eclectic city, with its lively nightlife, street art, impressive monuments and old school charm.
On from Cascais by car there is Tomar (171 kilometres) a magical town founded by the Knights Templar, and the Estremadura vineyards near the town Alenquer (77 kilometres). These are both great options for onward driving.
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A 15-minute drive from Cascais, Praia do Guincho a golden cove that sits below Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. A former host of the World Surfing Championships, this is a great place to surf but the strong waves mean that only intermediate or advanced surfers should tackle them. Kite boards, bodyboards and surf boards can all be rented from the beach. Relatively tourist-free, you will find plenty of space on the 800 meters of beach. If Praia do Guincho looks familiar that is because it was used in the 1969 James Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
One of those ‘I need to go there’ places, Pena Palace is found on the eastern edge of Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. An aesthetic like a box of cakes, with its yellow, rose and orange hues, the Palace sits in amongst dense forestland giving incredible views from its terraces. Built by Ferdinand III it shows exemplary styles of Manueline and Moorish architecture. You can make a day of it here, with Pena Park and the Chalet of the Countess of Edla to explore. Pena Palace is 18 kilometres from Cascais by car.
Cascais is colourful and sunny, filled with top fish restaurants, beaches for bronzing and unique museums. Palácio da Cidadela de Cascais, the summer house of King Dom Luís I, receives the heads of state when they visit Portugal. When it is unoccupied, you can snoop around! Castro Guimaraes Museum is worth a look even if only for the exterior which is a kooky mix of Portuguese and Arabic styles. Head out of the city to the Boca do Inferno cliff edge, where the salty ocean spray and spectacular views await.
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