This was the scene along the Cascais promenade this Saturday and Sunday. Who would have thought people would be enjoying the beach and swimming in the sea on a winters day in Cascais? The fantastic weather and sunshine meant that families, couples, friends and tourists were out and about exploring the town. A winters day in Cascais has never been so beautiful! Follow Portugal Portfolio’s suggestions for a day out and about in Cascais during the month of March and get your long missed vitamin D top up!
1. Get up and go for a coffee and a light breakfast. Try the milky galão coffee and a pastel de nata or palmier if you like to start your holiday mornings with a sweet cake. We would recommend Casa da Guia for breakfast, while there are several cafes that serve delicious coffee and cakes in the area, few have the view that Casa da Guia has to offer!
*Insiders Tip: Make sure you take a pair of sun glasses- the reflection off the white gravel and Atlantic Ocean is blinding on a sunny day!
2. Walk along the promenade into the centre of Cascais, stop at the famous Boca do Inferno to explore “Hell’s Mouth”.
*Insiders Tip: If you walk along this promenade later in the day be sure to stop at the Hot Dog van parked in front of the entrance to Boca do Inferno – They are known as the best Hot Dogs in Cascais!
3. Wonder into the centre of Cascais towards the Paula Rego Art Gallery. Visit the collection within the gallery or simply take in the splendid combination of both modern and traditional architecture that makes this building so iconic.
4. Wonder further along the cobbled streets into the bay of Cascais. Stop to take in the sights of the town and the fishing boats at “Praia dos Pescadores” or follow the coast line towards the promenade and stop for lunch at one of the delicious fish restaurants on the sea front.
5. Continue walking along the coast line of the Atlantic Ocean, stop for an ice cream, read a book on the beach, play a game of beach football or take a dip in the sea.
*Insiders Tip: If you skip the Ice cream on the beach be sure on your way back into town to stop at Santinis – easily the best traditional and quirky ice cream parlour in town!