If you’re looking for paradise on earth then you need look no further than Cascais, Portugal. Just a half hour away by train from the capital this little town has everything you could ask for. The warm waters are inviting and hilly terrain of the coast line are picture perfect. Cascais is a hidden gem of southern Europe with everything to offer. Aside from the gorgeous beach, there are smiling faces and great small town hospitality down every immaculate street. Cascais is what dreams are made of. This town is a European must. Every photo is a postcard. Cascais will make a lasting impression on anyone who visits.
Little fishing boats are docked all over. The fresh catch of the day is available at all the beautiful seafood restaurants along the water. If you love seafood this town is for you. Outdoor seating under the warm Portuguese sun is divine. Dining on Peixe-Espada Grelhado (grilled swordfish) or Espetada de Lulas e Camaroes (skewered squid and shrimp) is the perfect Portuguese experience.
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The Portuguese sure do love their wine. Especially Port which is native to Portugal. This small town paradise certainly lends itself to a glass of red. And it is most definitely socially acceptable to drink whenever, wherever. All part of the Portuguese laid-back approach to life.
Cascais is also wonderfully artistic. Public art here embodies the sun and fun spirit of coastal Portugal. The streets and boardwalks are beautiful on their own but the spray paint make Cascais even more enjoyable. Artists paint and even sells their works on the boardwalk. Children even make sand castles. If you’re lucky you might stumbled upon a Cascais sand castle contest. Everything about this place is endlessly charming.
Cascais is one of the southern-most towns in Europe. The Atlantic Ocean has some truly beautiful waters in this region. The temperature is fairly warm year-round. Even in the winter it rarely gets under 55 degrees fahrenheit. So, even if when you can’t swim in the winter months this town is still comfortably warm. It’s a year-round paradise.
Shopping is another fun pleasure here. Bright and colorful textiles and handmade jewelry are the coolest finds in Cascais. You’ll fall in love with all these little streets with their brightly colored walls, display windows with beautiful ceramics and clothes, and the Christmas colors of the Portuguese flag hanging on every corner. Cascais is spectacular is all its quaint small town beauty.
The coastal boardwalks of southern Portugal are all connected. You can easily walk to the next town over. Estoril is another amazing town that’s worth a visit. You simply can’t go wrong in southern Portugal. These beaches are fantasies come true.
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