Cascais was once a sleepy fishing town until 1870 when King Luis I vacationed here. It has been a destination for Lisboetas ever since. Just a short train trip outside of Lisbon, the town square is cute and offers many places to eat. While on a visit to Cascais last November, we ate at Jardim dos Frangos – Av Marginal. We had a fantastic local version of grilled chicken, a food usually overlooked in favor of the fresh fish that is typically the focus of Portuguese food. After lunch, we walked to the sea where the beaches and buildings brought us back in time. As we walked, we stopped off at numerous little cafes and bars to enjoy local wine and beer. A couple hours later, we found ourselves in a neighboring town called Estoril. Estoril is another wonderful beach spot to walk around on a great 70 degree day in late November. Rather than walking back to Cascais for our return train to Lisbon, we simply hopped aboard the train back to Lisbon from Estoril.
Cascais (kush-kaish) is about a 30 minute train trip from Lisbon’s Cais do Sodre station. Tickets cost 1.70 Euro each way. You could also opt for a Lisboa card for 15 Euro a day. Trains to Cascais and Sintra are included with this card along with discounts on various museums and sites.
A huge thank you to our good friend Joe Schmittler for his guest post. – Rich
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