Welcome to Cascais
Located 30km west of Lisbon, Cascais is a historic and cosmopolitan seaside resort on the edge of the Tagus estuary, between the Sintra mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. Once a fishing village, Cascais was the summer retreat for Portuguese nobility. The picturesque old town is home to the medieval Nossa Senhora da Luz Fort and the Citadel Palace, a former royal retreat.
- About Cascais
- Clube Naval de Cascais
- The Cascais Marina
- Sailing in Cascais
Cascais is the premier holiday destination of the Lisbon coastline. It is a traditional and charming Portuguese fishing town, which has responsibly developed into a popular resort town. At the heart of Cascais one finds the pretty historic centre, with its traditional Portuguese character and numerous restaurants and shops. Along the waterfront are the fishing harbour, the exclusive marina and the restored fort.
There are four beautiful beaches within walking distance of the historic centre of Cascais: Praia da Conceição, Praia da Duquesa, Praia da Rainha and Praia da Ribeira. All Cascais beaches offer golden sands and calm sea waters. Surfing, sailing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing are popular in the region around Cascais due to favourable weather, wind, and sea conditions.
But Cascais is much more than a beach-based holiday destination. There are museums, art galleries, challenging hiking trails and boat trips to enjoy. Plus, it is a popular golf destination, with over 10 golf courses nearby. Cascais is 20 minutes away from Lisbon, a vibrant city, and another 20 from Sintra, an enigmatic mountain range with castles and palaces to discover, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Clube Naval de Cascais
Clube Naval de Cascaisis the host club of the Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy, and has previously played host to numerous high profile sailing events, including the America’s Cup World Series, the World Match Racing Tour, and the Audi MedCup. The Clube Naval de Cascais has been an institution of Portuguese sailing since it was founded in 1938 and is home to the biggest sailing school in the country.
“The first edition of the Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy was very special to Clube Naval de Cascais because it was the first big sailing event for the Club and also in Portugal after the first lockdown. For the second edition, expectations are very high once again, now that we will have the boats that are competing in The Ocean Race Europe sailing in Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy. We would like to thank the Mirpuri Foundation for putting a lot of work into this event that will be followed by the sailing community around the world.” – Gonçalo Esteves, President of Clube Naval de Cascais.
The Cascais Marina
Cascais Marina is, by design, the setting for great International Events and is passionate about being a comfortable, welcoming leisure area for all who visit it. In recent years it has been the host to great contests, including the America’s Cup World Series Cascais 2011, the ISAF World Sailing Championship 2007, the 49er European Championship, the QuebraMar Regatta, Cowes-Cascais, The Round Portugal Sailing Tour, Portugal Match Cup and the His Majesty the King Juan Carlos I Trophy, among many other competitions which have distinguished Cascais Marina in Portugal and in the world.
With a reliable, constant wind direction, a moderate breeze and numerous places for spectators to watch and get close to the action, it is an excellent place to hold a Sailing Event. Cascais Marina has a service area available for costumers with capacity for vessels up to 25 metres in length. It offers a wide range of maintenance services which are carried out by qualified and officially certified staff.
With capacity for 650 vessels, Cascais Marina has been constantly improving its facilities and services so that its already exceptional conditions – on land and in the sea – can be enjoyed by all who use them.
Sailing in Cascais
In Cascais, the relationship with the sea is intense and permanent. Sailing is part of the tradition and the scenery is perfect. The sailing conditions of the Atlantic coast in Cascais are well-known in the world of sailing. In fact, Cascais has proven over the years to have some of the best conditions for yacht racing in Europe.
Typically, the wind ranges from light to low twenties knots and from different quarters over the period of the Winter Series. With less than half an hour to reach any of the main racing areas Cascais offers varied sailing conditions, with flat water and shiftier winds closer in the bay and larger ocean swells with more stable wind patterns further out west.
The weather is normally warm with long sunny spells and an air temperature ranging from minimum 12/15ºC in winter to 20ºC + in the fall and early spring.
Due to its incredible weather and wind conditions, in 2007, Cascais was the official host of the World Sailing Championship for dinghies and racing yachts.