Located 30 kilometres west of Lisbon and delimited by the Atlantic Ocean to the south and west, Cascais is a popular and pleasant vacation spot for tourists that has managed to retain much of its original charm. Cascais offers visitors a mix of historical culture, wonderful beaches, natural areas and a vast array of biodiversity to explore and enjoy.
Quality of life, economic growth and environmental issues are highly considered in Cascais. The implementation of the 2012 Sustainable Strategy and the creation of the Agenda 21 Office are two good examples that demonstrate the importance placed by the local Council on sustainable development.
- Situated within the Natural Park of Sintra-Cascais, The Eco-Park of Pisão offers interpretative tours to assist visitors who want to learn more about the natural, cultural and historical heritage of this locality
- Since 2009 Cascais belongs to the Covenant of Mayors, an EU initiative involving local and regional authorities which aims to reduce their CO² emission by more than 20% by 2020
- Bicycles can be hired for free at various points around town. Through the BiCas scheme the municipal council aims to promote the use of public transport and soft mobility
- The Environmental Interpretation Center of Pedra do Sal (CIAPS), considered the first “Zero Energy Building” in Portugal, provides education and information resources about the rich coastal biodiversity of the area
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- Tourist information regarding the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park is available in many foreign languages such as English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Polish, Chinese and Japanese. However, and due to the high touristic value of this destination, more information on other natural areas of the council should be provided in different languages