Cascais, because of its temperate climate, have become into the favourite summer holiday area of the Portuguese Court. When King D.Luis decided to choose Cascais as his “place of bathing”, during the nineteenth century, they took with him the Court and the high bourgeoisie and the summer habits have changed. From bathing to soirees and balls in the royal palace: the social life intensified. With it, some infrastructures have started to appear in the Cascais, such as Chalets, Hotels, Restaurants and other many entertainment venues.
Since during the 2nd World War Portugal have opted for neutrality, it turned this country in a safe territory for thousands of refugees and exiles. Examples of this illustrious personalities like Don Juan Count Battensberg and Bourbon (King Don Juan Carlos of Spain), King Umberto II of Italy, Carol II of Romania, the Archduke of Austria and Hungary, the Danish Royal family , the Grand Duchess Charlotte and others.
Actually, Cascais continues to have this vocation of welcoming different type of tourism: holiday, cultural, golf or business.