About the City of Cascais
Just 30 minutes outside of Lisbon, Cascais, like Sausalito, is also a major tourist hub but with a history that dates back to 1364. The Village of Cascais is small like Sausalito with approximately 7,000 residents. The municipality of Cascais is similar in size to Marin County with a population of 200,000+.
Like Sausalito, Cascais is a beautiful waterfront destination, also sharing a heritage of boat building and sailing. It too is bathed in Mediterranean ambiance with narrow streets steeped in history. For more information about Cascais: http://www.visitcascais.com/
Sausalito’s Portuguese Heritage Supports Sister City Program
The Cascais sister city program resonates well in our local community due to Sausalito’s remarkable Portuguese heritage. In 1900, it is estimated that a quarter of Sausalito’s residents were of Portuguese-American descent based on the wave of Portuguese immigrants who came to what is now Marin County as whalers, fisherman and farmers in the late 1800’s. No other ethnic group has had a longer or closer connection with Sausalito. The IDESST Portuguese Cultural Center on Caledonia Street is a tribute to the Azorean heritage in the town; not surprisingly, its members are also active in supporting the sister city program. For more information about Sausalito’s Portuguese history including directions for a Sausalito Portuguese Heritage Walking Tour visit www.idesst.org