Thoughts and impressions of Cascais

Cascais is a little way along the coast from Lisbon.

A train from Lisbon to Cascais.

A pleasant train journey along the coast, then contrast with first impressions on arrival at Cascais Station. An ugly shopping centre, a McDonald’s, within the town tacky tourist pubs and shops.

But do not let this put you off. Head straight to the old part of town. A maze of old buildings, narrow streets and alleys.

A lovely promenade, along which you can walk, and either walk back or catch the train. A lovely sun trap out of the wind.

Free cycle hire. Yes, free.

During the day, warm in the sun, out of the wind, but cold at night.

On Wednesday and Saturday, a massive street market, fruit and vegetables, fresh fish, clothes.

A lovely little library, Biblioteca Municipal de Cascais, free internet, very slow and need ID to use.

Jardim Visconde da Luz has bookstalls and antiques.

28 is the place to eat, either dinner at night, or their set lunchtime menu at eight euros.

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