An Afternoon in Cascais, Portugal
Lisbon is one of the most beautiful cities that I've ever stepped foot in. There's so much history in the cobblestone streets and details in the archeitecture. I loved every minute of it. After talking to a few locals in Lisbon, they made it known that we had to make our way to Cascais- the seaside town just across the river. So my hostel mate, Olivia, and I headed west for an afternoon in the coolest small town.
Cascais is a small fishermen' village just west of Lisbon. It took us 30 mins by train to reach the city. In the 19th and early 20th century, Cascais was home to Portugal's Royal Family. Cascais is the perfect getaway from the city life in Lisbon. It's small, slow and the people take their time. I felt really relaxed in those few short hours.
So, grab some ice cream, your camera and stroll around Cascias for the day.
We visited the royals home and got to walk through each room of the house. It was quite beautiful, but what really struck me the most was the incredible sea view from the home's balcony. There were rocks and a little sand beach just beyond the home where boats could be parked. They even had bathhouses in their backyard.
The house was very detailed and still had a lot of its original decor. The tiles on the wall had been preserved for years. Ironically enough, some of the family lived here until the mid-2000's. Did I mention we saw peacocks? This place was magical!
One of my favorite parts was the lighthouse museum, tucked right behind the mansion. We headed there to check out Casa de Santa Maria from another angle. Wow! I'd never been so close to a lighthouse before and this one was breathtaking.
After Casa de Santa Maria, we galavanted around the city taking in all the sites and all the pastries too. Cascais is the perfect postcard city and I'd go back again in a heartbeat.
Don't miss Cascais on your trip to Portugal. It's a vibrant, magical place with a lot to see. Next time, I plan to rent bikes and spend the day riding along the coast.
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