Cascais is a famous vacation spot in Portugal by the sea quite close to Lisbon (about 25 km; 30 minutes by train, 15-20 minutes by car). Great beaches, and a promenade that connects Cascais to Lisbon providing one of the most spectacular costal walks available.
Cascais in summertime , Rua Direita
Cascais (more pictures and wiki info) is a pleasant mix of history, tourism and local life. Once a small fishing village, nowadays packed with elegant boutiques, luxury hotels and restaurants. But still many small colourful fishing boats bobbing up and down in the water in front of the village’s sea front. Fresh fish every day! 🙂
Fishing boats in the bay of Cascais, Portugal: Praia dos Pescadores
Cascais is situated on the north side of the mouth of the River Tejo which flows through the Portuguese capital, Lisbon. Cascais’ popularity dates from 1870, when King Luís I decided to convert the 17th century Citadela here into his summer residence.
Cascais, very popular place for tourists: Rua Direita
Portuguese pavement workers are real artists! What a lovely design, you feel like you’re walking on waves like Jesus did 😉 . Cascais is a popular vacation spot for both Portuguese and foreign tourists, with a small city center. The shops are rich and varied.
Terrace restaurant, cafe & bar ‘O Poéta’ Cascais, Largo Luís de Camões
Where to find a good restaurant? Restaurant ‘O Poéta’, is located in the center of Cascais on square Largo Luís de Camões, just near the famous poet’s statue, and just a few steps away from the beach.
Avoid the agressive waiters on this square trying to entice you to eat in their restaurant.
Restaurant/cafe ‘O Poéta’ Cascais
The service is very friendly and the food and the wine are excellent. They serve all different kinds of food, so it’s an ideal place for groups. Football lovers can watch the matches: huge screens are strategically placed outside and inside the restaurant.
Restaurant ‘O Poéta’ Cascais: picanha
My almoço (lunch): picanha (delicious rump cover), € 11.50, glass of white wine € 2.75, small bottle of water € 2.00. Fish-lovers will be in seventh heaven here. Try the cataplana, a seafood platter served with rice or potatoes. But they also serve tajines (maroccan dishes, € 14.90) and pasta dishes. There’s also a beautiful restaurant inside on the first floor.
Restaurant/bar ‘O Poéta’ Cascais: owner Ayyildiz (l)
Owner of restaurant ‘O Poéta’ is Ayyildiz. Together with his Portuguese wife Paula he bought the restaurant in 2009.
Ayyildiz: ” I was born in Turkey, at the age of 18 I moved to Holland. During 11 years I worked in several restaurants (he still speaks fluently Dutch). Then I moved to Portugal. Our restaurant is famous for the beef tenderloin and the tournedos (from France). And the fish, like the boneless sea bass. Portuguese people are used to it but most tourists do not like bones”.
Restaurant ‘O Poeta’. Rua Regimento 19 de Infantaria, 55-61 (Largo de Camões), Cascais. Facebook
Cascais beach & a lazy Sunday afternoon in September
This beach is only five mins walking distance from restaurant ‘O Poéta’ . But there’s much more to find in Cascais and the Estoril coast, like a vibrant nightlife and a rich cultural life.
Cascais in September
There’s a promenade that connects Cascais to Lisbon providing one of the most spectacular costal walks available, free bike-rental for tourists, and the nearby (5 km, easily accessible by bus or by train) popular Guincho beach is one of the best windsurfing beaches in Europe. Strong northern winds are predominant during summer time (June–August) as well as smaller north-west swells, making this beach ideal for windsurfing and kitesurfing.
YouTube movie Graham goes Guincho
Cascais: Museum Conde Castro Guimarães
This Municipal Museum is near by the sea and it keeps a very original architecture because its aim is to promote art. The palace is from 19th century and it was property of Manuel Castro Guimarães (a Portuguese Count from Cascais). MORE
How to get there from Lisbon?
Lisbon, train to Cascais
Cascais is easy to reach from Lisbon by train: ‘Linha de Cascais’ (name of the train line joining Lisbon to Cascais) from Cais do Sodré, Lisbon’s major bus, metro, ferry and trainstation. Return ticket: around 5 euro.
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Cascais & one of the small beaches
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