10 Facts About Winter In Cascais
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Here are ten detailed facts about winter in Cascais, Portugal, to help convince you that this might be the perfect winter sun destination.

10 reasons to visit Cascais in winter are:

1. Sunshine

The weather in Cascais is made of autumns that look like spring, winters that look like autumn, springs that feel like summer, and summers that are hot and sunny all day long.

Winter in Cascais is characterized by mild temperatures compared to many other European destinations. Average temperatures range from 8°C to 16°C (46°F to 61°F) during the daytime, it is a wonderful place to catch some winter sun. On average, there are around 5 to 6 hours of sunshine per day in the winter, providing ample opportunity for outdoor activities and sightseeing.

Whether you enjoy nature or long coastal walks or want to sit out in the sunshine with a glass of wine when the rest of the Northern Hemisphere is shivering, Cascais has the sunshine and good weather in bucket loads.

2. Luxury Hotels

Pick a luxury hotel in Cascais to truly enjoy the Portuguese sunshine. The InterContinental Cascais–Estoril is an open window to the Atlantic Ocean.

This contemporary oceanfront hotel in Cascais, Portugal, has a privileged location on the waterfront and boasts inspiring views over the Atlantic Ocean. Inspired by Portuguese flavors, this luxury, modern accommodation sits on the coastline of the Portuguese Riviera in the Cascais, Portugal.

Located on the site of the former “Atlântico Hotel”, a property that became a symbol of Estoril and an important tourism legacy in Cascais, Portugal, the InterContinental Cascais – Estoril respects the history and remains true to the essence of this charming place.

Enjoy the sun by the pool, relax in the gardens, try spa treatments, rent a bicycle, or take a short stroll to Estoril’s storied casino. Catch a beautiful, unforgettable sunset while savoring tapas and wine pairings at Bago du Vin.

3. Cheap Hotels

In winter, the luxury hotels are much, much cheaper, so you can stay in one of the best luxury hotels in the area for a fraction of the price. Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon, one of the best Four Seasons hotels in Europe, is just up the coast from Cascais.

This luxury hotel offers art-deco sensibilities mingled with an updated Louis XVI style, and a collection of important contemporary local artwork fills our halls.

Outside, views of the city’s rolling hills and brightly tiled exteriors spread out before you. After spending the day exploring the city sights, many just steps from the hotel, you can enjoy the Michelin-starred gastronomic experience at CURA restaurant. or swim in their indoor or outdoor pool.

Although Four Seasons doesn’t have a loyalty program you can pick up a bargain stay in the winter, get extra benefits if you book via our concierge and enjoy the Portuguese coastline for less.

4. Winter Surfing

Winter brings larger swells to the Atlantic coast, making it an ideal time for surfing in Cascais. Praia do Guincho, a popular beach known for its consistent waves, attracts surfers from around the world during this time of year.

5. Quieter Atmosphere

Compared to the bustling summer months, winter brings a quieter atmosphere to Cascais. With fewer tourists, visitors can enjoy a more relaxed pace, shorter queues at attractions, and a chance to mingle with locals.

6. Festive Season

December in Cascais brings festive cheer with Christmas markets, decorations, and events throughout the town. Visitors can experience Portuguese holiday traditions, indulge in seasonal treats, and explore the Christmas lights adorning the streets.

7. Cozy Cafés

Winter is the perfect time to cozy up in one of Cascais’ many cafés and restaurants. From quaint coffee shops serving pastries to seafood restaurants offering hearty dishes like caldeirada (fish stew), there’s something to satisfy every craving.

We have reviewed the best Portuguese appetizers so you know what to pick when you’re sitting outside in the winter sunshine and enjoying an alfresco bite.

8. Hiking & Nature Walks

The cooler temperatures of winter make it an ideal time for hiking and nature walks in and around Cascais. The rugged coastline, lush forests of Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, and scenic trails provide opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to explore the region’s natural beauty.

9. Cultural Events

Cascais continues to host cultural events and festivals throughout the winter months. From art exhibitions to music concerts, there’s always something happening to entertain visitors and locals alike.

10. Day Trips to Sintra

Winter is a great time to take a day trip to nearby Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its enchanting palaces and gardens. The cooler weather and thinner crowds make it easier to fully appreciate the beauty and history of this magical town.

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