Day 4 was spent discovering gorgeous Cascais (pronounced kush-kaish), a coastal town situated 30 km from Lisbon and one of the richest municipalities in Portugal. The former fishing village gained fame as a resort for Portugal’s royal family in the late 19th century and early 20th century (source: Wikipedia). I have to be honest, I didn’t do any research on the area prior to our visit so we just walked around and let the magic of Cascais unfold in front of us naturally.
Contrary to my previous posts on Portugal, I don’t have a long list of places to visit here because our main activities of the day were pretty basic: walking by the beach and eating (that was enough to keep us very happy). That said, here is a short description from Lonely Planet that does Cascais justice if you want a better understanding of what the city has to offer:
There’s plenty of post-beach life, with winding lanes leading to small museums, cool gardens, a shiny marina and a pedestrianised old town dotted with designer boutiques and alfresco fish restaurants. After dark, lively bars fuel the party. There’s also great surfing at Prais do Guincho, 9km northwest, and running or cycling along the shoreline path.
We got off the train from Lisbon in Estoril and walked 2 km from there to Cascais. It’s such a scenic stroll that I recommend it strongly. These first few shots are of Estoril, a more quiet place to discover before heading to the popular Cascais:
As you can see, it really is a beautiful walk from Estoril to Cascais. You can people watch the brave souls frolicking in the cold water and admire the historical buildings and posh mansions along the way. Speaking of posh mansions, you get the feel of money as soon as you arrive in Cascais:
The city reminded me of Cannes or Monaco in a more toned down version.
There is a mix of high end and more affordable boutiques to shop including some located along this super cute and quiet pedestrian street.
And of course, the water front is breathtaking.
You can stroll slowly along the boardwalk, watching locals and tourists alike go about their day.
Would have loved to see the fishermen come in with their catches of the day but I think that would have required us getting there quite early…
Cascais boasts some impressive mansions. Some that are actually lived in by civilians and others that have been turned into hotels like the Pergola House below.
It’s worth taking exploring the more quiet streets that run along the water.
SUP and surfing are quite popular in Cascais and you can rent boards in various stands by the beach.
We truly enjoyed our relaxing day in Cascais and I would say it’s a must when visiting Lisbon as it’s so close by (just a 30 minute train ride away). Before I leave you, I have to share two places that any self respecting foodie should visit when in Cascais: the first is Porto di Mare, an Italian restaurant that serves the most delicious fresh pasta (they have a super cute patio). Second, Santini, a legendary gelato shop (located near the not so glamourous Mc Donald’s). Thanks for stoping by and stay tuned for day 5!