This post is part of the series Portugal
Other posts in this series:
- The End of Europe: Cabo da Roca and Cascais ~ Portugal (Current)
- The Fairy Tale Sintra and Pena National Palace ~ Portugal
- Long Weekend in Lisbon ~ Day One
My last trip for 2016 took place in the end of November and as it often happens in life – when you don’t expect a lot, the best things happen – Portugal! This time I travelled with my aunt and we spent four beautiful and (overall) sunny days in Lisbon, Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais. This was my first time in Portugal and each time visiting a new country is kind of exciting – the new culture, nature, language, local cuisine, and weather are waiting to be explored!
In the first day of our stay in Portugal we decided to make a daily trip to Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais as the weather was absolutely perfect to explore the mountain and coastal region near Lisbon. The easiest way when having not that much time (in order to rent a car e.g) is to book a private tour (I’m really keen on booking with “Get Your Guide” online).
Today we will stop at Cabo da Roca – the westernmost point of continental Europe, and then the beautiful coastal village of Cascais. On that day we were absolutely lucky to have this sunny November weather, because the coast of Cabo da Roca is an area with high surface winds and the mountain region – with dominating haze.
Cabo da Roca is an important point for sailing lovers since you can pick up your certificate of being here as souvenir. What I really enjoyed was the crystal clear panoramic view over the Atlantic Ocean from ca 150m above the sea! Behind this scenery is another one – the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. In the summer time this place would be perfection for long walking tours and hiking the green hills!
Next stop – Cascais! The charming Cascais is located 30km from Lisbon and it used to be a fishing village during the years. Nowadays you can find a lot of historical houses and free museums here, as well as my favorite bakeries and pastry shops (And yes!!! The traditional pastries are more than delicious!). In the historic center there are plenty of restaurants and stylish bars where you could relax a bit and enjoy the sun. What I absolutely loved was the glorious sandy beaches! I could easily imagine the summer time here … Cascais is a famous tourist spot, because it offers wonderful beaches, culture and natural areas and I think it is even a bit cheaper than Lisbon!
Next time we are going to visit the magnificent town and castle of Sintra and I could already tell you – you will love it!
Enjoy the day!
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