With its balmy climate, rugged shoreline, clay-roofed villas, and pastel alleyways, Cascais lounges in the heart of the Portuguese Riviera, sprawled between the Sintra Mountains and the sun-spangled Atlantic Ocean. The city of more than 200,000 residents boasts a thriving food culture, a venerable theater tradition, several museums and gallery quarter, and pretty good surfing at several local beaches. One of the wealthiest cities and highest-value real estate markets in Portugal, Cascais consistently ranks high for its quality of life.
If the living is easy in Cascais, so is the visiting. A luxury resort town since the Portuguese royal family first summered there almost 150 years ago, Cascais is among the most visited destinations in Portugal. In 2018, international celebrities, stylish jet-setters, and other well-heeled tourists from around the globe spent 1.5 million room nights in Cascais. That’s a lot of surfboard wax.
The Câmara Municipal de Cascais has plenty to smile about. It also understands that keeping Cascais a thriving, fulfilling place to live and a global dream vacation at the same time is not an easy balance to strike. City leaders are committed to meeting that challenge with innovative approaches and advanced technologies. That’s why Câmara Municipal de Cascais worked with Microsoft and Microsoft partner InnoWave to adopt the InnoWave CityPoints citizen engagement platform.
“Our goal is to make Cascais one of the best places to live anywhere in the world—for a day, a week, or a lifetime,” says Miguel Pinto Luz, Deputy Mayor of Câmara Municipal de Cascais. “We use the CityPoints smart-city service to directly engage our citizens and visitors, and then help them connect with our city life and the services we offer.”