The ‘Duquesa’ (Duchess) beach is located between the ‘Palácio do Duque de Palmela’ (Duke of Palmela palace) – today the Albatroz Hotel – and the ‘Faial Chalet’ (former Cascais Court of Justice building). Its name is due to the fact that this little beach was frequently visited by the Duchess of Palmela, when Cascais was among the King’s favourite seaside resort and along with him came the court and the aristocracy. Portuguese Royalty and many exiled Monarchs have lived in Cascais over the years.
The beach features umbrellas, small pedal-boats for rent and a diving school. Access to the beach is easy from the promenade along Estoril’s ‘Paredão’. Several bars and restaurants nearby. Facilities for the disabled are available such as access ramps. The beach is watched during the summer by lifeguards. Parking available nearby with parking meters.