In the evening the streets are filled with people and a great atmosphere. Full of bars and restaurants, the narrow cobbled street will surprises you at every corner. It is a rare pleasure to stroll with his head in a cloud of wishful thinking, as you walk through facade with laundry hanging, covered with tiles.
For a panoramic view and great photography, check the Christ the King monument not far from there.
Christ the King
We didn’t tell you that: For those like us who were not used to it. The “appetizer” you have on the table when you arrive ( olives, chorizo … ) are not like peanuts and will always be charged and add to the bill. Same thing applies to the bread. So no need to rush. But consider double checking the Conta.
Your choice …
We were told later that day, that some locals are not always very big fan of foreigners taking over the beach. There is apparently numerous story of damage made on rental vehicles. I guess we will never know if it was a grumpy local or just a reckless driver.
Started an intense moment of stress, the only idea of losing the deposit because of a third party was already ruining the rest of the trip.
Not to mention the waste of time that will follow.
After a call to our bank to evaluate the possible insurance options, we went to Cascais police station to make a statement. The Officer was very helpful, and even jumped on his scooter and asked us to follow him to one of his mechanic friend.
They also have :
- the oldest bookstore in the world, since 1732,
- Coimbra university is one of the oldest in Europe and was created in 1290.
- Lisbon itself is 4 century older than Rome.
Unfortunatly for us, it was still raining heavily as we drove the 25 kms (30 minutes to an hour drive), that will separate us from Lisbon.
Without a car, start your trip from the Rossio train station. arrive early enough during high season to secure a seat and avoid long queues. The train journey takes 40 minutes and will cost you 4€30, for a return trip. Prefere to take the train during peak season, the street are very narow and parking options are limited.
In addition to the rain , there was a significant restoration campaign, no need to tell you, we have not made many good pictures.
The Pena Palace mainly from the 14 th century, looks just like what it used to be for Monarchy until 1910, before Portuguese Republic was established. One more great example of Azulejo definitely make it looks like a Fairy Tale castle. Even if built on old sites, nothing remains of the medieval period.
We didnt go to The Initiation Wells since the weather was pretty bad, but it is on the list for next time and you should definitely go there.
Address: R. de Marcos Marreiros 13, 1200-254 Lisboa, Portugal
Telephone : +351 927 531 876
O Tûnel Restaurante
Address: Rua Candido Dos Reis – Cacilhas, Almada, Portugal
Telephone : +351 912 151 850
Start from the Rossio train station. arrive early enough during high season to secure a seat and avoid long queues. The train journey takes 40 minutes and will cost you 4€30, for a return trip. Then take the tourist bus 434 to reach the city center, and Pena Palace or Moors castle further away. You could also drive 25 kms on your own (not recommended during peak season).
Comboios de Portugal will give you the latest timetable : http://www.cp.pt/StaticFiles/Passageiros/1_horarios/horarios/PDF/lx/azambuja_sintra_completo.pdf
The entrance fee to the Pena Palace and Pena Park is 13.50€ / 11.00€ (adult/child). Only the terrace and park will cost you 7.50€ / 5.00€.
Moors castle :
You will need 1 or 2 hours to visit this 9 th century monument. It open between 10 AM – 18 PM (winter season) and 9 AM – 20 PM (summer season). Admissions fee are 8 € / 6 € (Adult/Child).
Reccomended Beaches :
Caparica beach, 30km stretch of golden sands. The closest, the crowdest. Bus 161 from Praca do Areeiro.
Da Torre and Carcavelos beaches are within easy access from Lisbon. Take the green line at Cais do Sodré train station, 4€30 return, to reach Cascais.
Guincho, Estoril, great surf with northern wind during summer time for kitesurf and windsurf. East winds during winter with the biggest swells in December (lefts and rights). Bus 405 and 415 from Cascais (25 minutes).