Culture in Cascais

The beaches, the restaurants, the old town or sailing and surfing are perhaps the aspects we most associate with our beautiful city – but there is so much more to see in this magnificent Portuguese territory by the sea. This article is about just that, about the richness of the municipality where Hotel Baía is located, and what it has to offer in one specific area: today we’re going to talk about Culture in Cascais.

Here are our suggestions.


Experimental Theater of Cascais

Located in Monte Estoril, on Avenida Fausto de Figueiredo, the TEC is a theater with a long tradition in our municipality, having been active since 1965.

It is one of the longest-established theater companies in the world, usually putting on plays by classic authors such as Aristophanes, Lorca, Racine, Lope de Vega, Shakespeare, Ibsen or Tenesse Williams, as well as contemporary authors.

TEC has won several awards, both for its company and for its individual directors and actors, and has taken part in numerous national and international festivals.

It also does important work in promoting theater in schools, in partnership with the Cascais City Council, and in 1991, also in partnership with the city council, it created the Cascais Professional Theater School, which to date has trained hundreds of theater professionals in our country. Also noteworthy is the creation of the youth theater festival, Mostra_T, which gives young creators the chance to bring their plays to the stage.

Enjoy the Teatro Experimental de Cascais during your stay at our hotel.


Cascais Jazz Club

A few meters from the Hotel Baía, you’ll find one of the most interesting cultural spots in Cascais.

At the Cascais Jazz Club, you’ll find Jazz, Blues and Bossa-Nova concerts most of the week, like few other places on the line.

From Wednesday to Sunday, five days a week, you can enjoy the technical virtuosity and groove of the musicians who come through this pleasant venue from 8.30pm to 1.30am.

We highly recommend it.

SMUP – Sociedade Musical União Paredense

In the town of Parede, known for its traditional shops and just a few minutes from the center of Cascais, you’ll find a place where there’s no shortage of concerts.

As well as offering music and theater classes and dance workshops, the SMUP hosts festivals and concerts for most of the year.

Founded on March 4, 1899, the SMUP has a century-long history of musical training, cultural events, social action and entertainment, as well as being a link to the local community.

Its building, built in the late 1930s on a plot of land donated by Admiral José Nunes da Matta, an illustrious military man from Paredão, was recently renovated and reopened with a new lease of life in March 2015.

It is one of the best places in Cascais to listen to music or meet friends for a beer by the sea.


Cascaishopping and Atlântida Cine

Gone are the days of the glamorous cinemas of the 20th century, but it is still possible, of course, to take advantage of your vacations in Cascais to relax and be entertained by a movie on a big screen.

You have two options at your disposal, perhaps somewhat opposite in their register and viewing experience.

Let’s start with the more “mass-market” option, the Cascaishopping cinema. Located in Cascais’ main shopping center, there are 8 screens where you can catch up on the big Hollywood productions and all the films that are on the commercial scene’s radar.

It’s also a movie theater more conducive to popcorn and soft drinks, with more technological viewing options that can accommodate 3D films and IMAX sessions.

It’s the kind of cinema where you’ll find families, groups of teenagers, couples on dates or birthday parties, making it a fun experience for those who enjoy the thrill of a packed room in a horror movie or that feeling of collective laughter in a comedy.

The other option is more niche, but no worse. The Atlântide Cine in Carcavelos is a reference point for movie-goers on the Cascais coastline and the surrounding area.

Open since 1982, when this type of independent theater was quite common, it is now a survivor, a relic for those who appreciate an old-fashioned cinema experience.

It doesn’t make a point of selling big buckets of popcorn and glasses of soda (although it does have a bar), nor does it do a lot of advertising before the movie – instead, it focuses on a more sophisticated curation of the films on show, in two quieter rooms and with a more demanding audience in terms of the cinematic experience. A true beacon of culture in Cascais when it comes to the Seventh Art.

In any of them, you’ll have a great entertainment experience just a few minutes from your hotel.

Museums and Monuments

Culture in Cascais is equally well served when it comes to museums. There are many options if you want to take a stroll and be inspired by an art or history exhibition, or if you have a specific artist or piece you want to see live.

The choice will depend on your taste and predisposition, but we’re going to give you a list here and highlight those that are perhaps the most iconic and unmissable.

  • Museu do Mar – Rei D. Carlos
  • Paula Rego House of Stories
  • Portuguese Music Museum – Casa Verdades de Faria
  • Cascais Citadel Palace
  • Fort of São Jorge de Oitavos
  • Condes de Castro Guimarães Museum
  • Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum
  • Exiles Memory Space
  • Cascais Experimental Theater Memory Space
  • Casa de Santa Maria

Paula Rego House of Stories

This is undoubtedly one of the municipality’s main museum attractions, and one of Cascais’ cultural landmarks.

Opened in 2009 and designed by renowned architect Eduardo Souto de Moura, the museum is worth visiting not only for its collection of works by Portuguese and British artist Paula Rego, but also for its pyramidal building in shades of red, the surrounding garden with terrace and its 200-seat auditorium.

Much has already been said about Paula Rego, but it’s always worth remembering the importance of this artist, who was born in Lisbon in 1935 and left us in 2022.

Her work deals with female identity, the family and its relationship dynamics, political and social commentary, gender and sexuality, trauma and memory, themes that she punctuates with surreal, figurative, mythological and folkloric elements.

His artistic merit has earned him decorations from the Portuguese Republic and the English Crown.

Cascais Citadel Palace

The official summer residence of the President of the Portuguese Republic, it has been open to the public since 2011, after four years of construction work, for guided tours of the palace and chapel, exhibitions, concerts and other events or initiatives carried out by the Presidency.

The Citadel, the fortress surrounding the palace, was classified as a Property of Public Interest in 1977 – it’s well worth a visit if you’re staying at the Hotel Baía, both for its beauty and its geographical proximity.

For all these reasons, it is a cultural landmark in Cascais.

Now you know, these are some of the cultural programs you can do during your stay at Hotel Baía.

Best wishes for an excellent vacation, and enjoy the culture in Cascais.

Which beaches to visit in Cascais?

With the longer days and rising temperatures, the charm of the beaches in Cascais also multiplies.

And it was with the change in climate in mind that the municipality has already kicked off the bathing season, in a concerted effort by various entities to ensure the safety of bathers.

But if the bathing season is open – and will remain open until October 15th –, which beaches in Cascais are really worth visiting?

The Blue Flag Award can help us. This recognition, awarded by the Blue Flag Programme, is a symbol of quality that aims to distinguish the efforts of the most diverse entities to make possible the coexistence, on our coast, of local development alongside respect for the environment.

The right to fly this flag means that the distinguished beaches have met the most rigorous environmental, educational, safety and accessibility criteria.

Among those awarded in Cascais, we leave you our suggestions:

Praia da Conceição

Located in the village of Cascais, between the Hotel Albatroz and Chalet Faial, this beach owes its name to the chapel built next to it, in honor of Nossa Senhora da Conceição.

Its privileged location and uncomplicated access make this a popular beach not only among locals, but also among bathers from outside, being close to public transport.

It is also a good option for a walk at the end of the day, marking the beginning of the Cascais promenade, which extends to Praia da Azarujinha, in S. João do Estoril.

It has access conditions for people with reduced mobility, which is a point in its favor.

Praia de Carcavelos

No list of the best beaches in Cascais could fail to mention Carcavelos.

Despite not being the most unanimous, the truth is that it is a beach with a series of attributes that are difficult to find in others.

Right from the start, it has an extensive beach, where you can find quieter and more family-friendly areas, and other more sporty areas (with volleyball fields, beach soccer and a park for children). It is perhaps, among the beaches in Cascais, the most inviting for the practice of sports.

It also has an enviable restaurant offer, where you can have lunch, dinner, a coffee or a drink at any time of the day.

There is no lack of parking options around it, it has good access and is close to various means of transport.

It is also a reference in surfing, being the ideal place to have your first adventures on a board, if you want to try the sport.

Praia da Rainha

In contrast to the previous one, this is a beach with calm waters and a short stretch of sand, nestled between cliffs, in the heart of the historic center of Vila de Cascais, next to high street shops.

Enjoying some exclusivity due to its strictly pedestrian access, it becomes a privileged choice for tourists staying in the village.

Its name is due to Queen D. Amélia, who used to go there to bathe during the stays of the royal family in Cascais.

Praia do Guincho

A unique beach for its incredible view of the Sintra Mountains and for the conditions for surfing.

Located in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, a protected area, its setting has remained natural and authentic. Despite the “wild” surroundings of the area, there are high quality restaurants close by that you should try, if you have the opportunity.

Guincho Beach was even the setting for the opening scene of the 1969 James Bond film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Despite all this, what makes it an ideal beach for surfing and kitesurfing makes it not for a more tranquil beach day, since the sea is by nature choppy and the wind usual.

But we leave you a tip: before choosing one of these beaches in Cascais during your holidays, look up the weather conditions online: here, it is customary to say, when there is no wind in that area, that “it is a Guincho day”.

Believe that one of these days is worth living.

Praia de S. Pedro do Estoril

Located in the area of ​​São Pedro do Estoril, this is a small but pleasant beach that has some advantages over the others.

Access is easy from the start, and there is parking next to the ramp. For lunch or a drink, there are two good terraces – and if you only leave the beach at dinner time, don’t worry: you will also be served.

Like Guincho and Carcavelos, S. Pedro has a tradition of surfing, especially Long Board. There you will also find schools to catch the first waves.

The beach also has the particularity of being sheltered from the wind by a high rock, the geological “accident” of Ponta do Sal.

The only drawbacks: it is crowded and there is some care to be taken with the rocks at low tide.

These are just five suggestions – each of the Cascais beaches has its virtues, being places for meeting and socializing for Cascais residents and visitors for generations.

Explore them to the fullest and you will see that each one of them is a world in itself.

Good vacation.

At Hotel Baía we are committed to environmental and social sustainability

Hotel Baía is committed to preserve the environment and promote sustainable practices, in order to keep improving always. Since 2010, with the EcoHotel certificate by TUV Rheinland and in 2016, in partnership with ABAE, we have been implementing good environmental and social practices, to enhance environmental management and promote environmental education for sustainability among our guests and clients. Therefore, we have annually validated our Green Key Award, which fills us with pride.

Among the measures we have adopted to save water are: the installation of water flow reducers in all our taps, flushing toilets with 2 flush modes and information boards in our public toilets and in the rooms, warning about the reduction of water consumption.

In line with the Green Key values, we seek to develop daily practices that reduce energy consumption, the use of plastics and the waste of water and food. We are aware of environmental impacts and we believe that we can raise awareness of these issues among our team, customers, suppliers and the community.

Last 25th March, during planet hour, we turned off the lights and all non-essential electronic devices. In addition, we served a candlelight dinner with a vegetarian menu, with the aim of avoiding the consumption of animal protein and raising awareness of the role that each one plays in protecting the environment.

Green Key certification is an important way to ensure that we are doing our part in preserving the environment. We are proud to have received this certification, which aligns with our values and motivates us to continue adopting sustainable measures and promoting environmental education for sustainability.

We believe that every small gesture counts and that together we can make a difference for a more sustainable future.

To find out about our environmental policy, follow this link:

Mural by Jacqueline de Montaigne – Hotel Baía

Hotel Baía, in Cascais, celebrated in a very special way: the 60 years of a family business that has many stories that make this place magical. To celebrate this occasion, several actions were prepared, such as the 60th anniversary event, a flashmob and an exhibition that told the stories and the most important milestones in the history of Hotel Baía.

To perpetuate this memory in an even more striking way the talented artist Jacqueline de Montaigne, contributed with a mural where we can see the first original house to the hotel as we know it today.

Jacqueline de Montaigne is a Portuguese painter, muralist and visual artist whose dramatic figurative art, infused with nature, can be found in international galleries and the prominent international street art scene where her use of classical gilding techniques in an urban context, has become her signature. Although self-taught, he has an academic background in medical ethics and health sciences. She decided to fully dedicate herself to her artistic career in 2018 and since then her work has been represented in international public and private collections. Jacqueline explores her own nature through her introspective works, using symbolic elements of fauna and flora in her paintings. She prefers watercolour as a medium of expression and always seeks to create fluid effects, regardless of the surface she works on. Jacqueline currently lives in Cascais and dedicates herself entirely to her artistic practice.

More about Jacqueline de Montaigne:

  • 1st Portuguese female artist to feature in the world’s top 100 in street art (2022)
  • Academic background in health sciences, medical ethics in paediatric nutrition
  • Activist (IBFAN Portugal director, consultant DGS (IYCF), World Breastfeeding Trends Country of initiative representative)

5 Romantic Programs in Cascais

Cascais is a charming town that attracts many tourists in search of romance and tranquillity. With fine white sandy beaches, stunning views and a picturesque atmosphere, it is the perfect place for a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway (and indeed, at any time of the year).
Here are some suggestions of programmes to enjoy with your soulmate in Cascais:

Boat trips

Boat trips in Cascais offer a unique and romantic experience.

Some tours run along the coast of Cascais, passing places like the Fortress of São João do Estoril and the Estoril Coast Beaches, while others venture out of the harbour, allowing you to see the ocean and the sailing boats passing by.

Some tours offer dinner options on board, which can be quite a romantic option to accompany a sunset.

Outdoor dining

Enjoy an outdoor dinner at one of the restaurants located in Cascais Marina and enjoy the breathtaking view over the sea. With excellent fish and seafood restaurants, quality options abound for a romantic and delicious dinner.

Walks on the beach

Enjoy a day at Praia da Conceição, one of the most popular beaches in Cascais and/or Praia do Tamariz located in Estoril, and relax with your partner on the sand. As it is winter, the beaches of Cascais are less crowded, which is the ideal setting for a romantic walk in a peaceful environment and in contact with nature.

Horse rides

Horse riding in Cascais is a great way to explore the area and see the stunning scenery. The horses are trained and safe, and the guides are experienced, meaning you can enjoy the ride without worrying about safety.

Some tours follow the coastline, while others go inland on the way to the mountains.

Regardless of the route you choose, horse riding is a great way to enjoy the nature and landscape of Cascais.

Gardens of the Palace of Monserrate

Visit the Monserrate Palace Gardens, part of the Sintra-Cascais natural park, a place of natural beauty and history, and take the opportunity to breathe in the peaceful and romantic air of Cascais.

Cascais is the ideal destination for a romantic getaway, for the variety of activities and stunning scenery it offers. If you are looking for a quiet and romantic place to spend this Valentine’s Day, Cascais is the right choice.

Book your stay at the Hotel Baía, with plenty of rooms and packages worthy of the occasion:

5 museums to visit in Cascais

Let us guess: one of your promises for 2023 is to visit more museums. Did we get it right? Maybe not, but you’ve certainly got the bug.
Cascais is not only about good weather and beautiful beaches, it also has a strong cultural offer. Near the town there are some of the best museums in the municipality, all part of the Bairro dos Museus, a concept created to cover a range of cultural facilities.

We leave below 5 museums in Cascais that may interest you if you go for a walk in the town centre:

King D. Carlos Sea Museum

The Sea Museum in Cascais was inaugurated in 1992, in honour of D. Carlos – a monarch who, as many know, was passionate about the sea.

This museum has undergone constant renovations over the years in order to remain appealing to the modern public, always centring its themes around biodiversity, climatic problems and maritime history.

King D.Carlos Sea Museum has a strong educational component, which is why it is often visited by classes and schools from all over the country. It is open every day except Monday.

Museum Condes de Castro Guimarães

This museum was the former residence of Condes de Castro Guimarães, which was left in will to the town of Cascais in 1924, as well as a vast artistic and library collection.

The museum is integrated in the Marechal de Carmona Park and currently has 5 different rooms:

  • Clover Room: where you can witness traces of the Irish origin of the building’s first owner.
  • Music Room: here you will find a beautiful French Romantic organ, undoubtedly one of the most outstanding pieces in the museum.
  • Neo-Gothic Room: the current Cascais public library, the former bookshop of the Counts of Castro Guimarães and the former dining room of the O’Neill family.
  • Reading Room: the former kitchen which now serves as a library collection with around 2830 volumes.
  • Dr. José de Figueiredo Room: the former dressing room of the counts, now dedicated to the historian, museologist and art critic who was part of the first Administrative Commission of the museum.

The museum is open every day except Monday.

Paula Rego’s House of Stories

It is one of the most popular museums in Cascais, and with good reason. Designed by the architect Eduardo Souto de Moura, this building features a unique exterior design and inside a collection of 620 works by the painter and artist Paula Rego.

The collection of over 50 years of the career of this legendary Portuguese artist can be seen next to Marechal Carmona Park, every day from 10am to 6pm. The museum is closed on Mondays.

Sommer House

The Sommer House currently functions as the Municipal Historical Archive and the Cascais Municipal Bookshop.

It is a neoclassical building that stands out to anyone’s eyes, with a very appealing bookshop inside where it is possible to buy works edited by the municipality, mainly focused on themes such as archaeology, architecture, history and culture.

Sommer House is open every day, including Sundays and public holidays.

Cascais Cultural Centre

Completing this list is the Centro Cultural de Cascais. It was created after the renovation of the Convento de Nossa Senhora da Piedade and this venue hosts various exhibitions, conferences and small concerts throughout the year.

It is a question of keeping an eye on Cascais Cultural Centre’s programme and on the events that may be of interest to you.

In addition to these museums, many other museums and cultural facilities are part of the Bairro dos Museus in Cascais. You can buy a general ticket to visit them all, or one of the many other options offered by the ticket office. On the first Sunday of every month entrance is free.

Click here to read more about all that Cascais can offer you for a weekend break, a holiday or simply a late afternoon visit with the family.

Christmas in Cascais – what to see and do

Do you want to spend the Christmas season in Cascais? Or just know what happens in the municipality to go there for a little jump? Whatever the reason you are reading this, below we have gathered the main Christmas events and attractions that you can see in Cascais.

Cascais Christmas Village

You can now visit one of the most Christmas places in Portugal, the Cascais Christmas Village. Until January 1, 2023, this will be the center of Christmas 2022 in Cascais, and will have the “Magic Garden” as its theme.

From the universe of Santa Claus and reindeer to the classic stories of the Bible that gave rise to the Christmas tradition – at the Cascais Christmas Village you will be able to explore spaces, stories and interactive events, such as live nativity scenes or even the arrivals of the Three Kings Wizards! Find out what else you can find at this Christmas party here.

Cascais Christmas on Tour

The Christmas Parade is back, with the name “Cascais Christmas on Tour”,  and brings a bit of the Christmas spirit to each of Cascais’ parishes.

The route begins and ends at Parque Marechal Carmona, with several stops along the way. Click here to find out about all the Cascais Christmas on Tour routes, timetables and stops. p>

Christmas Illuminations

As in many parts of the country, Christmas lights could not be missing in Cascais. Also because they are one of the most beautiful in the region – of course we are a little suspicious, but we believe you will agree.

This year, due to energy restrictions, there will be a 50% reduction in the energy consumption of Christmas lights in Cascais. You’ll be able to see the wonderful lights lit around the village between 6 pm and midnight each day, until January 6, 2023, in addition to having plenty of wonderful Christmas decorations decorating the spaces.

Giant Wheel in the Bay

A famous attraction in Cascais at this time of year is the Ferris Wheel, positioned every year right in front of Hotel Baía. It is the largest in Portugal, 30 meters high and has 20 cabins in total (including a cabin for people with reduced mobility and a VIP cabin).

The Ferris Wheel costs €5 per person and is open every day between 12:00 and 24:00. On the 24th and 31st of December there is a special timetable, which you can consult here.

Christmas markets

Another return to Christmas in Cascais are the Christmas Markets, which take place again in Cascais Bay, in Jardim Visconde da Luz and in Fiartil.

The Mercadinhos de Cascais allow the various institutions in the municipality to promote their products, also presenting different handicraft offers.

Other activities

Cascais has much more to offer this Christmas. Between concerts, shows, pastimes and solidarity actions, you can consult all the activities here.

Until the 10th of January, a collection of solidarity gifts, for youth associations and schools in the municipality. So, if you want to help, it can also be a good program for a Christmas weekend.

Now you know where to take the family during these weeks, with activities suitable for all tastes and ages. Enjoy this Christmas with all that Cascais has to offer.
Happy Holidays!

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What to do in winter in Cascais?

It is true that the days are getting shorter, but Cascais still has a lot to discover at this time of year. From strolling with stunning views to visiting the village’s landmarks, see what to do in winter in Cascais.

Conceição, Rainha and Pescadores beaches

Just 5 minutes from Hotel Baía, Conceição beach is an excellent starting point for a walk around the village. Even without the summer heat, a walk along the seafront and a coffee on a terrace always feels good. Also pass by Rainha beach and follow the cobbled streets in Pescadores beach, where the Monument to the Portuguese Discoveries is located.

Historic Centre

Although smaller than in other places, the historic center of Cascais has a lot to see and is definitely worth visiting. On Rua Frederico Arouca, one of the main streets in the village, there is no shortage of shops, restaurants and artists to entertain passers-by. It is in this area that you can also find the Seixas Palace and other emblematic buildings. In Alameda dos Combatentes da Grande Guerra, you can see why you are strolling along the so-called “Portuguese Riviera”.

“Boca do Inferno” (Mouth of helll)

Later in the article we return to other places close to the historic center, but for now we are going to Boca do Inferno. Less than a 20-minute walk from the Hotel Baía, it is one of the most beautiful places in the Lisbon district. If you want to enjoy a breathtaking view of the sea and the sunset, this is the perfect place even in winter.

“Casa da Guia” (Guide House)

And speaking of stunning views, what about Casa da Guia? Located between Boca do Inferno and Guincho, it is an emblematic place in Cascais with several restaurants, terraces, shops, leisure facilities and the Atlantic Ocean as far as the eye can see. If you want to spend a relaxed winter afternoon with the whole family, you already know where to go.

Guincho road

On foot, by bike or car, it’s a great way to do it in winter in Cascais, right after visiting Boca do Inferno and Casa da Guia. On this road you will always see the sea and have the opportunity to observe several surfers looking for the best wave.

Nossa Senhora da Luz Fortress

The Nossa Senhora da Luz Fortress, located in the Citadel of Cascais, is well worth a visit. Damaged by the 1755 earthquake, it currently serves as the official summer residence of the President of the Republic and lends its facilities to the Portuguese Army. It is just a 5-minute walk from Hotel Baía.

“Farol Museu de Santa Marta” (Lighthouse Museum of Santa Marta)

Not far from the fortress, you’ll be able to take one of the most beautiful photos in the Cascais area. Open to the public since 2007, the Farol Museu de Santa Marta combines exhibition spaces with the function of coastal signaling, but it is mainly worth it for the outdoor scenery with the sea in the background.

Village Museum

Right next to the Hotel Baía, the Vila Museum is divided into five thematic areas and exhibits some of the most emblematic pieces of the municipality’s history. If it’s a rainy day, or you just want to learn more about the transformation of the fishing village into a cosmopolitan Cascais, don’t hesitate to enter this space.

Casa das Histórias Paula Rego” (House of Stories Paula Rego)

Inaugurated in 2009, Casa das Histórias Paula Rego is immediately distinguished by the two pyramidal structures of equal size and by the red pigmented concrete. Designed by architect Eduardo Souto Moura, this museum welcomes and promotes the dissemination and study of Paula Rego’s work. It is about 7 minutes from Hotel Baía.

“Paredão de Cascais” (Wall of Cascais)

Already on the way to Estoril, the Paredão de Cascais appears right after the beaches mentioned at the beginning of the article. Along the 2750 meters that compose it, you can get to know some more beaches and sit on a terrace or bench enjoying the view.

There is no shortage of things to do in Cascais in winter

In addition to all the recommendations given above, what to do in winter in Cascais goes far beyond that. For those who like to practice sports, it is very easy to find good golf and padel courses in the area, and with Sintra and Lisbon nearby, plans for this winter will not be lacking at all.

After all, there is no shortage of reasons to book your stay at the Hotel Baía Cascais!


The celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Hotel Baía do not stop. In fact, 60 years brings with it a lot of hospitality, service and history – all of which are more than enough reasons to celebrate!

“I wasn’t there, what a pity! I would have liked to have seen it…” – is what you are thinking. Don’t worry! For all those who were unable to attend, Hotel Baía made a point of recording every moment and editing it into a short video so that it can be remembered by all who want to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Hotel Baía.

See below the Flashmob video of the 60 years of Hotel Baía:

This time, a flashmob was organized to surprise visitors to the village of Cascais, with lots of music, dance and rehearsed acrobatics. The flashmob was supported by Unnus Live – Performing Arts Company and Artemove – Academia de Artes.

The party began with the acrobats settling in the square, in front of the Hotel Baía. In the midst of jumps, pirouettes and other eye-catching acrobatics, people watching this spectacle began to gather near the center of the action. As the pace increased, more people joined the 60th birthday party at Hotel Baía.

And what can’t be missing from a good flashmob? The element of surprise, of course. This unusual number on the part of Unnus Live would be enough of a surprise for anyone caught off guard visiting the village of Cascais, but the spectacle would not end there.

When the music changes, several collaborators and friends of Hotel Baía appear from the audience, as well as students from the Artemove dance school to join the celebration with a rehearsed choreography, which got the whole audience dancing and clapping. For about 10 minutes, the animation reigned in Cascais and infected everyone who witnessed this unique moment.


They will be held from 25 to 28 August and 1 to 4 September

It’s really true, the most awaited parties in Cascais are back. After 2 years of a much felt break, the Festas do Mar will return to the bay of Cascais in 2022 for two weekends of great music and dance.

The confirmed dates are 25 to 28 August and 1 to 4 September. For now there are no names announced yet, but you can already book these days to visit the town of Cascais and see your favourite artists.

Festas do Mar: do you know the main artists that have passed through the festival since 2010?

The first edition of Festas do Mar brought a new concept to Cascais bay: a free summer festival, with big names in national music. It took place in 2010 and featured José Cid, GNR, UHF, among many others.

Since then, it has become difficult to think of a Portuguese artist who has not taken part in the Festas do Mar. Pedro Abrunhosa, Xutos e Pontapés, Rui Veloso, Jorge Palma, Sérgio Godinho, Clã, D.A.M.A., Paulo Gonzo, Miguel Araújo and António Zambujo – all have been part of at least one memorable night in Cascais, and many others too (we could spend all day listing a decade of Festas do Mar posters, always with great confirmations). This year we will have more artists, for all tastes and ages, to join this list.

What to expect at the Festas do Mar in 2022?

Only the best national music, of course!

Besides the music, there are several “eat and drink” places scattered around the village (not counting the restaurants already present) and several handicraft and local commerce stalls. It has also become a custom since the first edition to see the firework display over the sea, which typically occurs on the last day of the festival.

But it is not only the fireworks that make the last day of the Festas do Mar so special. Every year, the Cascais Symphony Orchestra gives a thematic concert to close the festival in a unique way. For example, it has played Disney’s greatest hits in concert, and in 2017 it played in conjunction with the Bootleg Beatles in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

With a stage traditionally set up in front of the Bay Hotel, we’re not going to miss out on being part of the party. We can’t wait for August, to see and hear the music back in the streets of Cascais.

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