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Is Cascais the only place like this:

by Turska

So my sister and her husband have booked flights to Lisbon in autumn (i´m not quite sure was it october or what) and seh asked me where should they stay. I said they should stay at Cascais, but if you have any other suggestions, I can tell her. They don´t care about old castles and ruins like we do, they like beach (yes,I know it´s too cold then,but I think they still like it,even if it´s not beach-time of the year).They like places,where is many restaurants (like cascais did) and wher you have nice places to run. I think that promenade from Cascais to Estoril might be like that.And they still do like to visit Lisbon,maybe many times,so not too far from it.
They like sports, and little shopping, and good food,and nice pubs/places to sit late and maybe listen some music.They are going without children-first time in 3 years I think.So they mainly just want to forget the work and terribel weather in Finland in that time of the year ;)

Re: Is Cascais the only place like this:

by Maurizioago

Yes, Cascais is the right place for yous sis and her husband. Cascais has lots of shops, restaurants cafe and several beaches.

Re: Is Cascais the only place like this:

by Turska

O.k.Thanks for your opinion.I thought it is so,because we were 4 to 5 hours in Cascais,and even if we didn´t stay at night ( we left around 19 o´clock) I thought there would be lively at night also. I´´ let her know. And now I know the time-they will go at 4th of Septenber,so might be even nice weather,if they are lucky.

Re: Is Cascais the only place like this:

by marielexoteria

I agree with Maurizio. Cascais will be a nice getaway for your sister and hubby, and only 35 minutes (or so) from the station Cais do Sodré in Lisbon.

Re: Is Cascais the only place like this:

by Turska

We visited Lisbon last summer, and went by train to cascais.. Actually to Estoril, and walked to Cascais by the "promenade". That´s why I though so too,but I didn´t know if there is some places I don´t know anything about ;) The promedade was nice to walk, so those running-addicts might enjoy running the same promenade, it was in good condition.

Re: Is Cascais the only place like this:

by LoriPori

We spent two weeks in Cascais last May and loved it. The beaches are lovely, even in September. The promenade, as you say, is great to walk along. I also find Cascais has many more hotels/hostels/ B&B's to choose from. A very nice B&B is the Pergola House - a short 5 minute walk from the train station and about a ten minute walk to the beaches.
Also Cascais has many restaurants to suit every budget.
Estoril is also an option, but I think it is much more pricier to stay there and to eat.

Re: Is Cascais the only place like this:

by Turska

I think Cascais looks more like their place.Estoril looked little boring for us.Maybe the nicer places aren´t close to beach,where we walked.
They aren´t budget-travellers like us.They are used to at least 3 stars hotels ;) But of course,why pay more,if they find a nice one cheaper.Usually they want a gym and something like that.I myself will forget indoor-sports at hollidays!

Travel Tips for Lisbon


by AlPhilip

Lisbon dates back to pre-Roman times. Its early years were a constant battleground, with Phoenicians, Greeks and Carthaginians in turn overthrown. In 205 BC the Romans began their two-century reign in Lisbon, and it became the most important city in the western Iberian region.
In 714 the powerful Moors arrived from Morocco, replacing a succession of northern tribes. They fortified the city and held out against Christian attack for an impressive 400 years. By 1147 the Moors' luck had turned and the Christians finally recaptured Lisbon.
The 15th century brought the Age of Discoveries - Portugal's golden era of sea exploration. Not satisfied with repelling the Moors from Portuguese soil, Prince Henrique (Henry the Navigator) decided to sap Islam's economic power by finding a way around it by sea. He put to work the best sailors, map makers, ship builders and astronomers he could find. In 1434 one of his ships sailed beyond the much-feared Cape Bojador on the West African coast, breaking a maritime superstition that this was the end of the world. The Prince was rewarded with gold and slaves from West Africa. In 1497 came Vasco da Gama's famous discovery of the sea route to India.
The glory days as the world's most prosperous trading centre were short lived. The cost of expeditions, maintaining overseas empires and attempting to Christianise Morocco brought Portugal to its knees. In 1580, in a bitter blow to national pride, Felipe II of Spain claimed the throne and it took 60 years for fed-up nationalists to overthrow their traditional rival and return Portugal to its people. By the late 17th century the tide had well and truly turned and the discovery of gold in Brazil saw Lisbon enjoy another period of profligate expenditure. Again, however, this extravagance was cut short. In 1755 a massive earthquake reduced the city to rubble and, sadly, Lisbon never recovered its power and prestige. In the early 20th century, a 16-year period brought 45 changes in government. Yet another coup in 1926 brought António de Oliveira Salazar onto the scene. Quickly rising from finance minister to prime minister, he ruled Portugal for 36 years, heading an authoritarian regime that lasted until 1976. During his rule, political parties and strikes were banned. Censorship, propaganda and brute force, exemplified by a feared secret police force, kept the country in order.
Revolution in 1974, in response to the continued unpopular military suppression of Portuguese colonies, brought a slow road to democracy. More political turbulence gradually changed to stability and ultimately membership of the European Union in 1986. With the support of the EU, and its much-needed injection of funds, Lisbon (and Portugal) finally began to shake off its depressed Salazar-era looks and lifestyle. Lisbon today is a thriving city with a strong economy and infrastructure, a rich cultural mix of immigrants from ex-colonies and a revitalised urban life. In 1998, Lisbon attracted international attention and adoration with its ocean-themed World Expo. Its next major event took place in 2004, when it played host to the continent's biggest football tournament, the European Football Championship.

Architecture - Arquitectura


Although Lisbon was devasted by an earthquake in 1755, it is still rich in architecture.

Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque or Post-Modern constructions can be found all over the city. A special Portuguese architectural style is the Manueline which represents Portugal's discovery years (15th/16th century).

So just keep your eyes open when wandering around Lisbon, there is loads to see.


by ginguba

Your favourite band or some great show might be on while you're visiting Lisbon. This is one of my favourite concerts venue. Historical building - it's a coliseum, in central lisbon. Great night i had there.
Check the agenda on their website:

Go on .. have a tipple

by pugwashman

In the Rossio area of Lisbon there is a unique drink called Ginjinha which can only be bought in a handful of bars. In fact although they are called bars they are little more than a doorway with an opening through which you can buy a shot of Ginjinha, similar to cherry brandy. It is less than a Euro a shot and quite potent, so be warned. Don't try to keep up with the locals, who knock it back like it's water. But it makes a nice little aperatif, and my wife was buzzing after it which made it a very cheap night out.

Packing for Lisboa

by Mundus

Lisbon has great weather most year round. If you go during summer, make sure to pack light, rain is something that simply rarely happens during summer.
During winter it may get colder, but never below 3/4C. It may rain more from December to February. Make sure to take lots of film (or memory) because there's a lot to take photos to! Take beach gear and hit the beach at least one of the days. You can go to the beach in the south side (have to cross the bridge) or on the West side (see Guincho traveloge)


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