We had a lovely time in Madeira and loved Porto. Should we go back to Portugal? YES! This time we’d go somewhere new, but where? We ticked off what we should look for: a smallish city, a beautiful place with some history, a beach would be nice, not too difficult to get to, and easy to get around as we wouldn’t have a car.
We knew very little about Portugal aside from the places we’d stayed on an earlier trip. We turned to Google and typed in “best towns to stay in Portugal.” We made a list of all the towns that appeared on the lists and started studying. Some were too small or too large; some were too remote. We gravitated toward coastal towns. The reality check came when we searched for places to stay in the towns. Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, would be fine for day visits but not really affordable for a longer stay. We narrowed the list to see if there was a town on the coast where we could make day trips to Lisbon and Sintra giving us everything we wanted. And that is how we found Cascais.
Cascais turned out to be a beautiful place with a past, set on the ocean. It was a vacation destination for the wealthy from Lisbon in the early 1800’s.
We strolled by the beaches every day as we walked on Cascais’ promenade, stretching for miles along the coast.
We always consider food when choosing a region or country to visit. With a kitchen, we usually dine at home so produce markets take on greater importance.
From other places we’ve visited in Portugal, we’ve been delighted with the street art. Would Cascais be as good?
The most important consideration for us when choosing a location is finding an extraordinary place to stay…and this time we were very lucky.
The more we travel, the higher our standards are for staying in a lovely accommodation in a charming, artful, walkable place. Portugal came through for us before and now has done it again. We love Cascais.