Cascais is my hometown. It’s just outside of Lisbon along the beautiful atlantic coast. It’s a little cosmopolitan fishing village which gained fame in the late 19th century for serving as a resort for the royal family and has now become one of the richest municipalities. Nowadays it’s a popular vacation spot for both portuguese and foreign tourists.
Whenever I go to Portugal walking around the streets of Cascais is my favourite thing to do. I have so many memories and favourite little corners around from growing up there. This time was extra special because it was the first time my boyfriend came along. Showing him where I grew up and seeing it through his eyes was one of the best parts of our trip.
I love walking along all the little streets, the even smaller back alleys, spotting the random colourful walls or vintage neon signs. Another favourite is strolling along the beach and promenade, grabbing an ice cream, popping into cute little local stores, checking out artisan goods and swooning over all the beautiful tiles. There is also a big park nearby which is covered in eucalyptus trees. Lastly I love spotting some good street art under the bridge, on trains or on abandoned buildings.
Many people who visit Europe don’t make it to Cascais, let alone Portugal. It’s at the bottom western part of Europe and not in a dense area like the rest of Europe. Obviously I am biased but I would highly suggest going to Portugal. March/May and September are my favourite times to go; there are not many tourists around and it’s not burning hot out, but usually warm enough to go for a swim and get some quality beach time. Another bonus is that you are avoiding the high season and may get your flights at a slightly discounted rate.
Next week I’ll share some pictures of our little day adventure out to Lisbon.
All pictures were taken with my iphone. Because of the weight and sometimes inconvenience of my camera I didn’t take it with me every day. For the remaining posts I will try to share mostly DSLR photos.