Day 3. Cascais and Estoril

Cascais harbour, Portugal
The train to Cascais leaves from Lisbon’s other station, ‘Cais da Sotre’.  The line runs along the coast so be sure to sit on the left to take in the sea views on the 35 minute journey.  We loved Cascais, it’s a compact town with a pretty working harbour, fishermen were landing their catch, and small boats bobbed up and down in the water.

Wavy pavements in Cascais
The town centre has pedestrianised streets with the traditional black and white ‘wavy’ pavements.  After sipping coffees overlooking the harbour, we followed the coastal path all the way to Estoril.  It was a bright, sunny day but it was quite windy, and this was creating big waves which were crashing into and over the sea wall, spraying sea water on us as we passed.  After pausing several times to take photos, we climbed up to the cliff top to explore Estoril.   Unlike Cascais, there wasn’t much to interest us.

A large casino seemed to be the focal point, with a few hotels and residential developments nearby.  We were able to return to Lisbon from Estoril and on leaving the train at Cais da Sodre we crossed the road to look inside the market there.  Some of the stalls had already closed for the day but we viewed the remainder, buying ourselves some fruit.
Cascais, Portugal

Before nightfall, we returned to the main square, Praco de Commercial, to take some photos, as it had been very misty on our earlier visit.  We then had dinner in one of the restaurants just off the main square before returning to our hotel after another action packed day. 
Cais da Sodre Market, Lisbon


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