It is known for its charming cobbled streets and colorful buildings that create an atmosphere of old-world charm. The quarter dates back to the 19th century, when it was established by King Luis I as a residential area for his courtiers. Today, it remains one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cascais due to its unique architecture and cultural heritage.
The Yellow Quarter gets its name from the yellow color found on many of its buildings and monuments, which were built during this period in Portuguese history. The yellow hue comes from a type of limestone called “Pombalina”, which was used extensively during this time period to construct houses and other structures throughout Portugal. This stone has become synonymous with traditional Portuguese architecture and can be seen all over Cascais’ Yellow Quarter today.
One particular highlight within the quarter is São Domingos Church, which was constructed in 1876 by order of King Luis I himself as part of his vision for creating an affluent residential area within Cascais’ city limits. Inside you will find stunning stained-glass windows depicting various scenes from religious texts, as well as beautiful wood carvings around each window frame – all crafted using local materials such as corkwood or ironwood sourced from nearby forests.
Another must-see attraction within the quarter is Casa das Histórias Paula Rego Museum – named after famous artist Paula Rego who lived here until her death in 2020 – where visitors can explore her life’s work through paintings, sculptures and drawings spanning more than five decades worth of creativity. Additionally, there are several small shops selling handicrafts made by local artisans that offer great souvenirs for tourists looking to bring home something special from their visit to The Yellow Quarter.
Finally, no trip would be complete without sampling some delicious seafood dishes at one or two restaurants along Rua da Alegria street – these eateries serve up some truly mouthwatering dishes (especially their fresh fish) making them ideal spots for lunch or dinner while taking in views overlooking Cascais Bay.