Cascais Off The Beaten Path

  • Guincho beach.
    Guincho beach.
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  • VT members chilling out at one of the nice cafes.
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    Get yourself a Segway

    by Martin_S. Updated Jun 30, 2009

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    Tal and I decided to take a "trip", so we went and hired a Segway. This two wheeled vehicle can make some fast time, about 12 kilometers per hour... you get trained for a few minutes at the rental shop (just across the street from O'Neils Irish Pub).
    The cost is about 20 Euro for an hour, pretty expensive, but it IS FUN.

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    Guincho beach.

    by cachaseiro Written Jun 24, 2009

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    Guincho beach.
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    Guincho beach is a big wide beach that is one of the most trendy hangouts in portugal and the place has a good selection of very nice cafes and restaurants aswell as a good beach.
    It´s located around 6 kilometers from Cascais and can be reached fairly easy.
    When i went there i went by bicycle and there is a nice bike path all the way from Cascais to Guincho.

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    Cabo da Roca

    by toonsarah Written Jun 21, 2009

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    Cabo da Roca, looking north
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    A few miles west of Cascais you come to the westernmost point of continental Europe, the Cabo da Roca, described by the 16th century Portuguese poet Luís de Camões as the place "where the land ends and the sea begins". Here the cliffs rise above the Atlantic Ocean to approximately 140 metres above sea level. A stone monument here is inscribed with these most westerly coordinates, 38°47′N 9°30′W. There is also a lighthouse which dates back to 1772 and is still in use.

    The area around the Cape forms part of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, and is fairly wild and scenic. It appeared that good walks might be had here, both along the cliffs and a little inland. One thing that will certainly strike you is the dominant plant species known as the Hottentot Fig or Ice Plant (Latin name Carpobrotus edulis). We found this quite attractive, especially the large yellow and pink flowers, but we learned from a plaque at the site that this is an invasive species that has taken over and driven out many native ones. Nevertheless, Ingrid’s travelling bears enjoyed exploring in the undergrowth, as you can see in photo 5.

    There is plenty of parking here, a souvenir shop and toilet facilities. So although the natural beauty is quite wild, there is no sense of being in the back of beyond, especially with so many other visitors enjoying the scenery with you. But it’s definitely worth coming here. Although used to dramatic coastal scenery at home in the UK, it is quite something to be able to say that I have stood at the westernmost point of the continent.

    Directions:We came as part of our bus tour to Sintra, and other organised tours seem to do the same. Alternatively bus 403 which runs between Sintra and Cascais stops here. And if you have a car, or have hired one, of course you can drive yourself

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    Big feet, shade, swans and terrapins

    by leics Updated Jun 7, 2009

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    Green water, green trees...........
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    Cascais has some rather nice green and shady spaces, which I suspect were largely created around the turn of the last century for the wealthy to promenade, to see and be seen.

    To the west of the town lies the large Parque Municipal de Gandarinha, but I explored a little of the smaller Parque Marechal Carmona.

    Accessed from the Avenue Vasco da Gama, it has fountains, benches, shady spots (with some pretty old trees), flowerbeds and wandering paths. There's a (very, very green) lake with swans and ducks and terrapins (see them sunning themselves in my photo), a pretty bridge and a cafe.

    There are various art installations too. I don't know if they are permanent, but I was intrigued by them.....especially the big feet (I've seen similar on the Palatine Hill in Rome, so maybe they are copies?).

    A very pleasant and restful place to escape the sun for a while.

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    Look up!

    by leics Written Jun 5, 2009

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    Ancient stone set into church wall
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    Most people don't.....and you can miss so much if you don't.

    Architectural twiddles, wonderful flowers and plants, tiled areas above doorways, the insides of derelict houses, ancient monuments set into more modern church walls.......

    Here are some of the things I spotted

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    St Juliao da Barra

    by keeweechic Written Sep 13, 2008

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    This old fortress used to be part of a line of defence by the Portuguese maritime to guard the Lisbon coast. Built during the 16th century, it was extended over time and ended up being one of the largest forts. For a year in 1807 it was invaded by French forces but then returned to the Portuguese who used it as a political prison.

    Location : Next to Carcavelos

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    Cascais Market

    by mazzap Updated Apr 2, 2006

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    The smell of Portugese food products was amazing!
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    I have no idea where this market is! A waiter in the restaurant we had lunch in mentioned it to us, so we decided to head over to it to work our lunch off!

    It was a brisk 15 minute walk from the centre of Cascais in the direction heading away from the coast - that's all I can remember! It was not situated in a place that you would typically expect to find a market!

    It was a Sunday afternoon when we visited & the market was very busy, mainly with local people - I think we were the only tourists there! You could buy fruit, veg, clothes, shoes, freshly baked bread (see my pic) & all sorts of other things!!

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    Boca do Inferno

    by ncfg Updated Aug 2, 2004

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    The Boca do Inferno or Hell?s mouth is a huge cavern on the cliffs that was been created by the fury of the waves.
    It is located from the centre of Cascais about 3km. I walked to get there, it worth the effort even the waves were not strong. The view was breathtaking. But I can say to you that it is amazing in stormy weather.

    Note: More pics on my travelogues

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    Boca de Inferno

    by TinKan Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Boca

    Boca de Inferno is located just a few kilometers from the center of Cascais and is a natural cave in the face of the cliffs. Over time the top of the cave collapsed forming a unique opening in the cliff face.

    When the sea is rough and the waves are big a very nice show of water is on display here.
    When the seas are rough be careful when you go to the end where the whale holes are as the waves DO come over the top.

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    Estoril Beaches

    by keeweechic Written Sep 12, 2008

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    Estorial beaches are a hit during the summer to the point of being over crowded. There are facilities available such as showers and toilets and thatched umbrellas are also on the beach for shade.

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    Exploring Cascais

    by salinhopt Written Oct 11, 2003

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    Cascais - Tiled buildings

    Try to explore all the streets in centre Cascais. There are beautifull buildings hidden in narrow streets. Beautifull blue portuguese tiles like these.

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