We’ve been in Cascais for a month, and every day we walk a short block to the beach to observe the busy life of a beach resort. Cascais has been full to overflowing with tourists from Portugal and all over Europe, enjoying the ever-present sun, the long string of sandy beaches, free concerts at night, and so many restaurants to choose from.
Even though we’d never describe ourselves as “beach people,” we can see what draws so many people to Cascais. The days are crowded – on the beaches and in town – but around 6pm many people have ducked in for a rest or a snack before the evening activities kick off. This is the perfect time for a stroll along the promenade. No crowds, no hot sun.
Every town has it daily rhythm, and we think we’ve discovered how to move through Cascais to our own rhythm. And what do we do in the hot afternoon while others are all on the beach?