Cascais is just a forty minute train journey from the centre of Lisbon but offers a lovely retreat from the hustle and bustle of a city vacation. With glistening sea views, clean sandy beaches and a lively port, it’s a great day-trip destination which takes minimal effort to get to from Lisbon.
The easiest way to get from Libson to Cascais is by train. We boarded the train at Cais do Sodre, which runs directly into the centre of Cascais. We had the phrasebook in hand to attempt to ask for two return tickets in Portuguese but we found that the station staff spoke almost perfect English so it was fairly painless experience buying our tickets!
On arrival, we wandered through the main street, soaking up what this lovely town had to offer. We stumbled across the ice-cream shop of dreams, called Santini which was brightly coloured with a large assortment of ice-cream all in different sizes, cones and cups. I opted for hazelnut, chocolate and caramel which blended perfectly together. Such a lucky find and would highly, highly recommend if you’re planning a trip here! You can eat in or do as we did and enjoy your ice-cream (hopefully) in the sun in the local market square.
From there, we wondered along the coastline to the beautiful viewpoint, Boca do Inferno which translates as the ‘Mouth of Hell’. It’s around a 2km walk from Cascais station or you can catch a bus there. We visited on a perfectly calm and sunny day so the waves weren’t all that rough but it was still hugely impressive to see where the waves have pummeled away at the rocks creating a craggy effect.
We continued on from the viewpoint and found a spot that gave us a secluded view of the lighthouse where we enjoyed our homemade lunches. After a much needed foodie pick-me-up we headed back towards the centre of Cascais, stopping on the way at various tucked away beaches and coming across a peacock and peachicks.
After much deliberation on where to spend the remainder of our day, we settled back on the main stretch of beach at Cascais. We managed to bag a spot of shade and it was warm enough to go for a dip in the sea. If you’re planning a visit here then I would definitely recommend bringing a umbrella for shade and arriving early on the beach during peak season – it’s a popular spot with both locals and tourists so coming early will mean you’ll avoid being disappointed.
After a bit of sun and a good couple of hours getting stick into a good old book (White Teeth by Zadie Smith which is quite the marathon of a book I must admit) we headed back towards the station. We got utterly sidetracked on the way however and fell into a gorgeous wine bar called The Tasting Room where we stopped for a drink and some nibbles. We chose an outdoor spot and watched the world go by in the fading sunlight. Despite being an unplanned stop, it was a perfect way to end our day-trip in exquisite Cascais!