After watching the incredible waves crash onto the shoreline, we carried on driving by the sea and soon arrived in Cascais, our last stop on the guided tour. This gorgeous little place was once home to fishermen, now it is a trendy and buzzing holiday spot. Our guide dropped us off in the centre of town, we had free time to explore so Son and I just wandered as the fancy took us.
Cascais is really pretty and not hard to see why it is a popular resort with people from Lisbon, apparently many of the wealthy from there have second homes here. It is just 19 miles away from the city, is right on the shores of the Atlantic and is colourful and cosmopolitan with lovely streets, luxurious houses, trendy shops, restaurants and bars.
Son and I headed first of all to the marina, sat on the wall with an ice cream and watched the boats bobbing on the water.
We found a sand sculptor who was a joy to watch, some of his creations were a little risque and did bring a smile to my face but this one was perfectly respectable.
We wandered, exploring the lovely streets, browsing in the shops and spent half an hour chilling on a golden, sandy beach.
On the way back to Lisbon we drove through Estoril, another little holiday place a bit similar to Cascais. We saw the huge casino there and heard about its interesting connection to James Bond. Ian Fleming was posted to Estoril at the end of World War II, he spent some time as a spy and stayed in a hotel overlooking the casino. Some say this was his inspiration for Casino Royale. The James Bond movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” was also filmed around the casino in Estoril and in Lisbon. Son is a big James Bond fan so hearing about this was right up his street.
After all that it was a short hop back to Lisbon. A full day of exploring, we saw some varied and interesting things. Guided tours do not normally feature on our holiday agenda however this one was great. Son gave it a huge thumbs up as well. Money well spent…