travelled with family - two children aged 14 and 8. Daughter has Coeliac disease so being self-catering was important to us. Apartment had just been newly decorated and is stunning! the apartment block is beautifully kept and the area feels perfectly safe. Excellent bakery/café opposite the block full of Portugese people. Good, small supermarket/mini-market opposite the block too. Despite being small, it had a fresh meat and cheese counter (and fish counter I think).
The apartment is 2.3km from the centre of Cascais (we checked on google maps having taken 30mins to walk into town on our first night and wondering why it took us so long) so we hired bikes on the second day. This worked really well as there is a fantastic cycle path from the apartment to the town centre which runs right along the beautiful coast. We found Neflix on the TV controller which was great, as I have an account and so the kids could watch movies in the evenings. Kitchen well equipped with utensils and crockery and pans (not always the case in rentals). The property managers were really great - I would definitely stay in this apartment or another of their apartments again..Great for families with young kids - there are remote controlled metal blinds on all the windows so you can get the apartment completely dark at night - no 5am sun waking up your children!!! The pool was fantastic - very clean indeed. My average/tall 8 year old could stand in about two thirds of the pool but was out of his depth in the rest (it must be about 2m deep in deep end??). The tiled area around the pool was lethally slippery once wet, but only if you were in bare feet - we all used our flipflop and croc type shoes and this solved the problem - make sure you pack some and take a bit of care. In teh evening, if you do not fancy trekking back into Cascais, if you walk just a few metres along the coast path away from Cascais instead of towards it, you will find an area with restaurants with fantastic views of the ocean. One of these restaurants was able to cook an omelete and rice for my daughter and make sure it was gluten free. Not all restaurants would cook for her in Cascais, but they did not mind if we took a packed sandwich for her. There was a small gluten-free food section in the mini-market opposite the apartment(similar size as in our local Co-op at home in England). Forgot to check if this section did GF bread, as we had packed loads of our own! The Jumbo supermarket in Cascais had loads of gf stuff. We found an entirely GF restaurant in Cascais called House of Wonders. I loved it, but because the food is all vegan and hippyfied, my daughter was not keen. Great for coffee and cakes if nothing else though if you need GF. They do a kids' pasta for 5 euros which my son loved - perhaps my daughter should have had that (just gf pasta in a nice tomato sauce). Other GF tips - Santini ice cream place on the main street in the centre of Cascais could do their icecream GF if you asked (ice cream itself most flavours are GF, but the most relevant bit is that they understood the contamination issue and prepared her icecream out the back from the untouched tubs!). We noticed a sandwich bar place with tables inside very close to Burger King on a pedestrian street - look in the window - it mentions portugese coeliac society. we did not eat there but I spoke to the woman who showed me that she had GF rolls and could make the sandwiches with those. Strangely, a couple of places that had GF food, seem to have them as a bit of a gimic or for people who do GF as a lifestyle choice, because whne you ask if their GF cakes are okay for someone with Coeliac, sometimes they say no because they use the same cake baking cases and preparation surfaces as they do for non-gf products - just watch out a bit for this.
A brilliant holiday all round - so great to walk to lovely beaches that are sandy and clean and safe for children with lifeguards right in the town itself!
Lovely apt...we stayed for 1week and loved it. Very secure exterior entrance .
Supermarket and lovely pattessarie opposite.
We were met by Cassie who was very helpful and e mailed again with additional useful information. Lovely restaurants about 5 minutes away in Casa da Guia.
Would definitely stay again
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Good location , very clean apartament,everything ok!!,good restaurants,nice beach,swimming pool.
Good place for kids.
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We are a family with 2 teenage children and our aim was to explore Lisbon and Cascais coast. The apartment is perfect as it combines calm with proxiity to everything - great restaurants, beach, stores, bakary, the downtown and getting to Lisbon is very quick. Plus the apartment is well decorated, very clean and well equipped.
Location of Oceanario is excellent - it's right on the waterfront, walking distance to lively historic downtown, beautiful park and public transportation if you need it . The apartment is spacious, very nicely decorated and very cozy. The plot is big and very well kept. The pool is definately one of the best we've ever used. Very few people use it, so it feels like a private pool. Cascais is a great place if you want to travel around (Lisbon, Sintra, Fatima etc. are all within a short train or car ride) or just enjoy beaches famous for windsurfing.