Today I decided that, since museums were closed, it would be
a good day to get out of Lisbon and visit the town of Cascais. Cascais is a
small seaside town about 30 Km east of Lisbon. So I went Cascais to find water,
and boy did I - It rained almost the whole time I was there.
Cascais was one of
the tour options on the GreyLine bus tour. So I took the morning bus (1000)
from the bus station at Marquis de Pombal. Before leaving the city of Lisbon
the bus took a little tour which went past to aqueduct that brings the drinking
water into the city.
|The Tagus River|
It then followed the Tagus River and the coast through the
towns of Carcavelos, Parede, and Estoril, to Cascais. I got off of the bus at
Boca de Inferno (Mouth of Hell). The Boca de Inferno is a 65 foot tall hole in
the stone at the water’s edge. When the waves are big, they come crashing
through and spray up the sides of the crevice in the rocks. There are several
food and low key souvenir stands nearby.
|Boca de Inferno|
The Boca de Inferno is about 0.5 miles from the center of town.
It is worth walking to and/or from. It was a beautiful walk, even in the drizzle
that was falling. The base rock is Limestone and so it fractures over time
leaving and amazing landscape along the shore.
You will also see the use of decorative tiles through out the town, on the walls of museums, town hall and houses.
|Museu Condes de Castro Guimaraes|
|Cascais town hall|
As you come in to town you pass several museums and the
beautiful Parque Marachel Carmona. Continue past the Marina, and the Citadel
and you will get to the Praia de Ribiera (Ribiera Beach). This little gem is
surrounded by the patterned sidewalk and also houses working fishing boats.
|Boats at Ribiera|
|Wavy paving stones throughout the town|
You then have 2 choices. You can continue along the water
front for some amazing views or wonder up into the shopping and restaurant area
of town. I had a wonderful shrimp with spaghetti is a creamy tomato sauce at a
restaurant called Marisqueira
At that point in the day the skies opened and the rains
came. So what is a traveler to do? Invest €5 in an umbrella and keep going. The
streets are full of little shops and fun juxtapositions of old and new. Spend
the afternoon wandering through the town.
If you want to get to Cascais from Lisbon without the tour
bus there is a commuter train from the Cais do Sodre station for about €5 round
trip. It takes about 30 min to get there.
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