Digital Nomad Guide to Cascais, Portugal

The best coworking spaces, cafes, and places to live and stay in Cascais

Published on
January 20, 2022
Around 40 minutes west of Lisbon is lesser known, but equally charming Cascais. This seaside town boasts a collection of beautiful beaches, a slow pace of life, and plenty of resources for the digital nomad community its acquired over the last few years. Read on to learn why Cascais makes such a great destination for remote workers.

Where to stay in Cascais

Cascais is divided into four civil parishes, or "frequesias". Each parish is unique and maintains its own identity and atmosphere. The parishes are as follows:

Situated on the north end of Cascais, Alcabideche is a relaxed, more residential area, great for those wanting to escape the touristic side of Cascais. This area is home to one of Portugal's most beautiful beaches, Praia do Guincho, as well as Outsite Cascais - Guincho. If you're looking for an especially scenic destination, well connected to downtown Cascais and Lisbon, with great seafood and stunning sunset views, this is the place.

Carcavelos and Parede
Carcavelos is a beach town located halfway between Lisbon and Cascais, though it belongs to Cascais. It's one of the longest beaches in Cascais and therefore attracts a lot of visitors. It's especially popular among surfers, as the swell here is strong and consistent. Parede also has great beaches, with restaurants and bars lining the seaside.

Cascais and Estoril
The posher of the parishes, Cascais and Estoril is the downtown area where you'll find the majority of luxury hotels, boutique shops, and attractions. Estoril in particular is known for its abundance of casinos and luxury hotels.

São Domingos de Rana
This is a very old and historic area. It's quieter than other parishes, and slightly more inland, though still close to the sea.

Digital Nomad Communities in Cascais 

Its beachfront location, close proximity to Lisbon, and natural beauty are the obvious draws to the city, but look a little closer and you'll see the abundance of resources in place for digital nomads in Cascais. There's a lot of enthusiasm towards the digital nomad community, and initiatives have been set in place by the tourism board to heighten Cascais' allure and encourage more nomads to visit. One initiative in place is to provide more than 700 hotspots throughout the city. A promotional campaign called "It Works for You" has also been launched to articulate the many benefits of working remotely from here, such as a plethora of coworking spaces, and a balanced, leisurely lifestyle. Find your people here through Meetup groups, and our Whatsapp group that you'll have access to as a guest at Outsite.

Coworking Spaces in Cascais


Just a short walk from Guincho Beach is this inviting coworking space. CoworkCascais features air conditioning, a lounge, a fully equipped kitchen, and free water and coffee.

LACS Cascais

This open and airy space includes private meeting rooms, training rooms, an auditorium, a cafe, and outdoor seating with garden views.


All of our locations, including Outsite Cascais-Guincho, is fully equipped with a dedicated workspace onsite.

Best cafes with WiFi in Cascais 

Bijou de Cascais

This is the oldest coffee and pastry shop in the city. They offer a full breakfast and lunch menu as well as free and fast WiFi.

Sacolinha Pastelaria & Padaria

Grab an espresso and a seat at this popular cafe serving some of the best freshly baked pastries around.

NATA Lisboa

The place to go for pastéis de nata and fast WiFi. NATA Lisboa is located just steps from the beach and has indoor and outdoor seating.

Gyms and yoga studios in Cascais

Fitness Hut

This is a well-equipped modern gym with a variety of fitness classes, including Zumba, body combat, and dance classes. You can also tune in virtually with them to participate in their online classes.

Pump Fitness

This large and naturally lit gym offers an array of open-air group classes, nutrition consultations, and individualized trainings.

Yoga Center - Áshrama Cascais

This independent yoga center encourages the traditional practice of yoga. They offer classes for all ages and levels. 

Things to do in Cascais

Best beaches in Cascais
Cascais has plenty of beautiful beaches to choose from. Some of the most notable include:

  • Praia do Guincho is located nearby to Outsite Cascais - Guincho, and nestled in the Serra de Sintra hills. It's known for its wild beauty, with its rugged hills leading into the water. This beach is popular among surfers as it has strong winds during the winter months, allowing for consistently good swell. In the summer months, the winds die down and it's a great spot for beachgoers as well.
  • Praia Da Rainha is just a few steps from Rua Frederico Arouca, one of the main streets in downtown Cascais, and is nearby many cafes and restaurants. It's an especially picturesque beach with cliffs towering over the seaside.
  • Praia do Tamariz is a beautiful beach that lies at the end of Estoril's casino boulevard. There are numerous bars and restaurants nearby, and the train station is within walking distance.

Visit Cascais' historic downtown

Cascais is compact and easily walkable in about an hour. Within that timeframe, however, there is a lot to see. Its streets are charming, dotted with bars, restaurants, and cafes.

Boca do Inferno

Situated in the direction of Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, you'll find Boca do Inferno, a chasm in the limestone cliffs. The ocean water tumbles through the chasm and explodes against the rock walls.

Shopping and groceries in Cascais

Grocery Stores


This large supermarket is perfect if you're needing to do a big grocery shop. They carry a wide variety of produce, vegan products, meat and fish, as well as appliances, and clothing.

Health Food Stores


This shop carries vegan and organic produce, products, and cosmetics. They also have some products available in bulk.

Ready to book? Outsite offers discounts on 30+ day stays, and you'll be instantly connected with the digital nomad community in Cascais. Book now.

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