charming cascais

Wednesday, July 24:  Today, I take the train from Lisbon to the charming town of Cascais (pronounced (kush-kaish), which sits on the Atlantic Ocean.  This is my first time to see the Atlantic from the European side, and I’m tickled to find such a pleasant town from which to see it.

Charming Cascais
Charming Cascais

I have no plan here except to wander aimlessly and go wherever my heart leads me.

cute wall art
cute wall art

Cascais has about 35,000 residents and is one of the richest municipalities in Portugal, according to Wikipedia: Cascais.  The former fishing village gained fame as a resort for Portugal’s royal family in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Nowadays, it is a popular vacation spot for both Portuguese and foreign tourists.

I love the wavy cobblestones
I love the wavy cobblestones
...and the cheery colorful buildings
…and the cheery colorful buildings
candy-colored buildings
candy-colored buildings
cotton candy pink
cotton candy pink

Cascais has thrived over the centuries from fishing, maritime commerce (it was a stop for ships sailing to Lisbon), and agriculture, producing wine, olive oil, cereals and fruits.  Due to its location close to the Tagus estuary, it was also seen as a strategic post in the defense of Lisbon. Around 1488, King John II built a small fortress in the village, located by the sea. This medieval fortress was not enough to repel the invasion and in 1580, Spanish troops led by the Duque of Alba took the village during the conflict that led the Spanish and Portuguese crowns to unite.

In 1755, the great Lisbon earthquake destroyed a large portion of the village.  Not much of Portugal was left unscathed by this earthquake.

balconies
balconies

I thoroughly enjoy wandering through this adorable town on my last day in Portugal.

Even the public buildings are pretty
Even the public buildings are pretty
town square
town square

I stroll through the town with its wavy cobbled streets and candy-colored buildings to the beach, where people are sunbathing and swimming.

beaching it
beaching it
one of three little bays
one of three little bays
along the bay
along the bay
boats in the bay
boats in the bay
more boats
more boats

I walk along the length of the citadel, and at its far end, I find the Marina de Cascais, with its sleek yachts and sailboats.

citadel
citadel
Marina de Cascais
Marina de Cascais
Marina de Cascais
Marina de Cascais
Marina de Cascais with the citadel behind
Marina de Cascais with the citadel behind

And of course, pretty Portuguese balconies adorn almost every building.

more pink balconies
more pink balconies

I stop at Bangkok Restaurante to eat a lunch of Pad Thai.

lunch at Bangkok Restaurante
lunch at Bangkok Restaurante with my sunglasses and Jo’s Lisbon Guidebook
Pad Thai at Bangkok Restaurante
Pad Thai at Bangkok Restaurante
Inside Bangkok Restaurante
Inside Bangkok Restaurante
Bangkok Restaurante
Bangkok Restaurante

After stopping in to various little boutiques, I wander slowly back to the train station, where I head back to Lisbon for my last afternoon.  I fly out tomorrow morning early.

colorful Cascais walls
colorful Cascais walls
more boats
more boats
pretty vines
pretty vines
some feet that seem a little lost
some feet that seem a little lost
anchors away
anchors away
relaxing at the beach
relaxing at the beach

Oh, how I wish I didn’t have to leave Portugal tomorrow.  I’ve loved every minute of my travels.🙂

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24 thoughts on “charming cascais

  1. So excited to visit Cascais later this week, Cathy! Your pictures are gorgeous and have inspired me. We are in Porto at the moment, heading for Lisbon later this morning. We will be staying near the promenade at Belem🙂

    1. I can’t wait to see your Cascais trip, Marianne. Do you love Porto? I’m so sad I wasn’t able to get there, but it only means I need to go back! I hope you enjoy. Are you going to Sintra too? Hope you have a wonderful time.🙂

      1. We went to Cascais today – sunshine and showers. My photo are not as pretty as yours – but we had a lovely time. Afterwards we took the train back to Lisbon and then the ferry across to see the statue of Jesus overlooking the city. It’s fab!

        Going to Sintra probably the day after tomorrow.

        We LOVED Porto – oh yes, you MUST come back and visit! 🙂

      2. I’m sorry you didn’t have a sunny day, Marianne, but I’m sure it was lovely just the same. I didn’t see the Jesus statue… how did I miss that??😦 I really can’t wait to hear what you think of Sintra. I hope you have good weather. And yes, I MUST come back and do Porto…. and Sintra again (and northern Spain!)… Have FUN!!!🙂

  2. Don’t go, Cathy! Stay!!! 🙂
    I feel as if I’ve actually been to Cascais now. How fair is it that my guide book has?
    I saw that Marianne is headed that way too. Hey, I don’t care if I’m last to make it. Tortoise and the hare, you know 🙂
    Love you, Cathy. Take care.

    1. Oh, Jo, I don’t WANT to go!! I wish I was still in Portugal!! I still have one more post (of my last afternoon in Lisbon).

      Your guidebook was my trusty companion, as you know and as you can see at Bangkok! You’ve been there before too, Jo, right? I thought you had.🙂 If not, you need to go there for sure!!

      Love you too, Jo! How I miss you and the memories we shared.🙂

  3. I can understand why you didn’t want to leave Cathy! We barely spent a few hours there and I felt the same! Your photos are wonderful as always. Hope all is well with you. Take care🙂

      1. I wish that all the time Cathy. My dream is to live in a small European, preferable French, town for a year or two! My attempts at brainwashing my spouse don’t seem to be showing any results though😦

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