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Running in Lisbon

Welcome to my 3rd part of #RRS (Running Route Series)!

This time I am sharing with you my favorite routs in Lisbon for running.

I spent whole July in the capital of Portugal, the city which I really love! I love the climate here, people, culture, the weather… but it is not the easiest place for running, definitely not!

Why?

Because this is very hilly city, and most of the pedestrian walks are covered with brick stones. These are very tricky, slippery and not running friendly.
However I really enjoy Lisbon and running here, there is something in the air that makes it very encouraging and motivating to sneak through streets of the city.
Also if you are staying close to the riverside you can have an easy access to the lovely path along the riverside, nice and smooth without any hill 😊

Anyway, let me tell about my favorite routs around the city:

1) Park Monsanto

I stayed in North-West part of the city, located close to the Monsanto Park. This is the biggest park in Lisbon. This is an amazing option for trail/weekend long run when you can get lost between paths in the forest or jump into more solid rode, and hit the asphalt to the Monsanto Look Out.

I have been running there quite a lot , especially during the week when I wanted to run a bit off the city and enjoy quiet park with only few people around. Although, my very first run there happened in Sunday and I realized that this must be a popular spot for trail races as I passed many men and woman running up with me that sunny morning.

2) ‘Classic 10’

This is a custom-made name of the route 😉. I made it up to call the route I run starting off from my house heading around Park Eduardo and running all the way down along Avenida de Liberdade, the main alley in Lisbon. Over there brickstones on the street did not bother me, as they are spreading out in such an elegant way all the way along the Avenida, which may make you feel like a Queen/Kind of the city 😉
Once you run down the alley, you turn in … … street and hit exactly at Plaza (main yellow plaza of Lisbon) with the view over Tagus. Amazing beginning of the day! Than head toward Cais Sodre (the train station that connects Lisbon with Cascais) and.. head up! Yes… This is the moment when you really need to shorten your stride, higher up your cadence, and regulate the breathe. Over 3 kilometers of uphill street won’t get any flatter! This is a good opportunity to really work on you running strength (be careful with the traffic, the streets are very narrow! I usually was running just on the road (against cars), or hopping off to the pedestrian walk once it was too tight – when you cross a big bus… )


I would recommend to run this route either early morning on weekdays when the traffic is mild or during the weekend when there is almost no one, only lazy locals / tourists watching you through the coffee bars and thinking “omg, this girl is crazy… “

3) Make it longer

As and addition of route 2 – you can lengthen your run and pass Cais de Sodre and head towards Ponte 25 Abril (Bridge of 25th April) – which is a landmark place in Lisbon.

Once you get there and make a selfie for memory you can either continue your run towards Belem which is in total 7km long (Lisbon – Belem) and end of for coffee and pastel de nata in one of the most famous pasterias there. Or head back / up toward Lisbon and run via Rua Maria Pieta to my neighbourood.

4) Park Eduardo – this park is definitely a must to visit and see while you are in Lisbon. It spreads in the north part of Lisbon where is an awesome look out over the city. You can enjoy the view over the city and have a good workout running down and up the park which has many paths to cruise around.

So… are you ready for a little run? 😉

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Lisbon foodie guide

As a continuation of my Summer in Lisbon, comes today’s post. In July I stayed in Lisbon so I have a chance to get to know the city pretty well.

Undoubtedly, a big part of travelling is tasting diverse cuisines!

Portuguese food is one of my favorite. It is based on high quality produce, local ingredients fruits, vegetables, seafood, meet, cheese. Everything is here!

And… oh lord the coffee… I have never been a coffee person but it is hard not be a one when you travel here. I can definitely say that coffee here is better than Italian! (Sorry my Italian friends 😉 )

Below I list you some great places for quick bite / food /drink ! Hopefully, you will have an opportunity to check them when you travel to Lisbon!

1) Leitaria

Located close to my neighborhood I stay. It is a very nice coffee place, yogurteria and bakery. The bread is baked just there. You can try many kinds of fresh bread and buns, accompanied with tasty salads. This is a very nice place for quick lunch during the week or brunch and meet friends there during the weekend.
On top of this, the place runs on their freshly made yogurts. Fresh yogurt with seasonal fruits there is definitely a must!
And coffee… oh la la. Very good, very tasty. Any kind espresso, caffe latte, cappucino, they have them all!

Where: Avenida da, R. Artilharia 1 87, 1250-096 Lisboa
Prices: $

2) Le petite prince

I found this place accidentally and it was fantastic! Real Le Petite Prince in Portugal! Great interior, comfy seats, yummy lemonade. You will be welcomed by very friendly owner who has book Le Petite Prince almost in every language and listens to Polish music over there!
That is him who told be about his Polish friend who is a chef of Miramar in the South of Costa de Caparica.

Where: R. Cecílio de Sousa 1a, 1200-098 Lisboa
Prices: $$

3) Cafe Tehran

Real Persian experience in Lisbon! Beautifully located restaurant, close to the quiet garden in Baixa Chiado. The service and menu is superb. I have eaten great soup with meat balls and finished with lovely cake. Amazing place for lunch/dinner with outdoor seating as well as some work as they have quiet corners inside.

Where: Praça das Flores 40, 1200-192 Lisboa
Prices: $$

4) BOUTIK

Surfing, coffee, concept store and tasty bites in one? Boutik has it all! Really cool place with young vibes inside, great interior and design inspired by Ocean and surfing! If you want to seat or real hammock and drink something while your buddies are shopping, that is the place, where you should go to!

Where: R. de São Bento 106D, 1200-820 Lisboa
Prices: $$

5) Sea Me

This is an exceptional place! I went there with friend of mine to celebrate one of my little success (I will share it with you in few weeks 😎 ). It was definitely one of the most unforgettable dinners. Once you walk in and get seated apart from tasty manu you an choose your dinner directly – from the LADA and talk to the waiter about way to prepare your seafood. Raw (with sushi / sashimi ) , grilled or cooked ? In whatever combination you dream of, you can get your food prepared the way you will never forget.

Where: Rua do Loreto 21, 1200-086 Lisboa
Prices: $$$

6) O Cantinho do Alfredo

Typical local restaurant where you can feel like at home. Very simple typical Portuguese cuisine with incredibly low prices and great value of food! Either you eat fish or meat, you will find something for you. Lunch + wine + coffee for 7 euro. That is what you get there 🙂

Where: R. Gen. Taborda 44, 1070-271 Lisboa
Prices:  $

7) Nivà Cremeria Lisboa

What Summer time would it be without scoop of gelato (ice-cream)?! I discovered this gelateria very first evening when I arrived to Lisbon now and I must say that their custom made ice creams are incredible! Smooth, delicious and full of flavor! My pistachio and coffee ice cream that night definitely made my day!

Where: R. da Escola Politécnica 41, 1250-099 Lisboa
Prices: $

8) Quiosque

Portuguese people love being outside! Hence that the idea of Quiosque(‘s) come along! Basically this is a concept of little bars/cafeterias located very close to cute parks/squares where you can enjoy coffee/happy hour drink/light bite. Being outdoors and accompanied with live music as well. Could it be any better?

Where: All round the city! For example: Nearby Principe Real or Banana Cafe
Prices: $

I might write more and more about such a places, as Lisboa has very wide offer of gastronomy, bars and restaurants. I hope the examples above will mark you up an idea of some places where to go and encourage to look for similar places on your own as well 🙂

Have a great day! Ciao!

 

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Lisbon Summer

Hello folks!

Hope you are doing well and enjoying Summer time!

Whoever follows me on Instagram / FB might have realized that I am in Portugal now
It has been almost 3 weeks now, since I arrived in Lisbon.

This is not my first time here,
I have been here 2 years ago, exactly the same time in July. You can read the posts from that period here.

Between castings, jobs and running (of course 😉 ). I had a little bit of free time when I could explore beaches nearby Lisbon and I want to share with you this experience.

If you look, at the map, you can see that Lisbon is not located at the ocean, as some people thinks wrongly, the water you can see on pictures from Lisbon is Tagus River. Luckily, city is located very close to the real beaches and Ocean.
Have you heard that Portuguese beaches have been awarded for being the best ones in Europe?! 🙂

Let me tell you about the seaside villages I have explored so far:

1) Cascais

This is a little gem located 30 kms away from Western Lisbon. It is very easy to get there – all you need is to take a train from Cais de Sodre to Cascais. I bet you will not miss a correct platform as there are always so many tourists around

*** My advice is to buy the ticket, either the day before or upload your ticket/metro card before you go to Cascais, as the line to the ticket machine can be very long! Very first time I was going to Cascais, I did not know about it and I spent almost an hour at Cais de Sodre :O ***
Ticket is 2.50 euro per person (if you buy a ticket card, or if you have it  you can upload it for 2.25 euro per trip)

Once you have your ticket, you can travel straight to Cascais. The train stops locally on every little village on its way. So you can choose and get off a bit earlier if you want to explore another places. This map below shows you a route of the train.

If you head directly to Cascais, you can explore there its local beaches. I always end up at Praia Rainha. This is one of the smallest beaches, located literally 3 minutes’ walk from the train station ;).


Obviously, it is little packed (now in the high season), but it is a little beach, with calm corners and rocks where you can lay down/hide.

The other beach is Praia da Conceição  which is much bigger but also much more commercialized (with bars/beach beds/umbrellas). So, you can choose what you like more.

If you get hungry I can recommend you a lovely cafeteria – Restaurante Paixao. In my opinion Portugal serves one of the best coffee in Europe and this place ain’t any different. I can bet that you will love coffee latte (Galão) the same as I did over there!

After afternoon drink/snack it is a good idea as well to walk along the seaside through the sidewalk and enjoy the view.

I highly recommend the stroll towards Lisbon, from Cascais to Monte Estoril, Estoril and even further, especially during ‘golden hour’ when you can feel a lovely breeze and take fantastic pictures!

2) Costa de Caparica

Located across the riverside from Lisbon, Costa de Caparica, maybe is not the most beautiful seaside resort but it is a good start point to touch an Ocean and move to the South toward Paisagem Protegida da Arriba Fóssil da Costa de Caparica (Nature Reserve).

To get to Costa de Caparica, you can take local bus TST from Lisbon that goes frequently now in July and August. (you can check their timetable and the most suitable busstop for you at movitapp.  ) it takes around 30 minutes to get there and you can be just at the Ocean and ready to dive into water… surf… or… rent a bike! That is what I did 😉

I rent a bike at local rental store. (It costed me 9 euro for all day… not the cheapest, especially that my bike was not in good condition at all… rusty and making funny noise from the very beginning of my trip. ) But I really wanted to make a bike tour that day so I was ready for an adventure!

From Costa de Caparica, first 3-4 kilometers you can enjoy riding through a promenade and enjoying a lovely Ocean view to your right. After a sidewalk is finished, you need to turn a bit towards the main road and cycle through the outskirts of Caparica. I did not notice many cyclist on my route that day, in fact maybe just a few… then at around 6th-7th kilometer of your ride you will notice a slight uphill (odcinek) [that I honestly I walked with my bike on the side as I did not want to break a chain…] after that you should turn right into dirt road.

Do not worry, this is an absolutely safe and actually a good quality road! Perfect for cycling (with a proper bike I guess it would be even better 😊).

From there you will have around another 3 kilometers that goes slightly down towards little fisherman/hippie village called Aroeira.

Once you cycle through this laid back town you can feel that the time has (almost) stopped there.

I has my lunch stop at place called Petite Miramar that was recommended to me by the owner of small coffee place (Le Petit Prince – I will write about it in the next post) I had been 2 days before my cycling trip. He told me that friend of his, Polish girl, runs Miramar and I should definitely check it out. Which was a indirect/ reason and goal of my cycle trip.

Joja (chef of Miramar) served me really yummy and fresh lunch, with a local fish for the main course, which are very easy to get as most of the locals there are fishermen!

What would this cycle trip be without a dive into the Ocean?!


The water around there is absolutely fantastic! It is not warm but very refreshing and surrounded with super wide beach with almost no people!

I would recommend you to check this route and villages below Costa de Caparica whenever you have a possibility!

After this beautiful afternoon, I needed to cycle back to Costa de Caparica. I needed to walk again my bike for a few times when I felt that sand and hill might be too hardcore for my “too cool for school” bike but overall I was extremely proud and happy when I arrived back to the rental shop. ith  I would not expect from my ferrari these a little bit more than 20kms at the beginning of the day 😎

Hope you will find this post useful and you will be able to get to one if this places once you are in Lisbon. There is no doubt you will like them! Sandy, clean, wide with lots of sunshine!

 

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O mundo fantástico da Sardinha Portuguesa

Yes, this is not a joke! You are Reading correctly, this post will be dedicated to the funny place called O MUNDO FANTASTICO DE SARDINHA PORTUGUESE, that I visited during my stay in Lisbon last month. This is a shop, wonderland, gallery, tourist attraction, it is very difficult for me to describe and call it with one proper word. The place is located in the Centre of Lisob, nearby ‘Rossio’ metro station, on the side of Praça de D. Pedro IV. Its colorful window screens and music playing cheerfully out of the doors attract tourist and me! You won’t have Any difficulties to find it!

ZATEm, THIS IS a store dedicated fully to SARDINES! Yes, Sardines ;). Portuguese eat a lot of seafood, fish and sardine. Both, fresh and Cannes ones. Hence it all they decided to open such a place in order to contribute them.

Inside the store you find shelves full of colorful Cannes of sardines. However, the packagings are not usual and simple! Each of them Has printed date on top of and listed 2 the most import ant events and birthday date of famous people who were born that year. Each of us can but personalized can of sardines for yourself, family or friends!

Inside is arranged very colorfully and BARWNY. Moving ceiling, mirrors in the floor, throne of QUEEN SARDINE, music that brings back to my mind circus.
Ok, I agree, overall you can feel a little bit of kitsch in this place (luckily no smell of fish!) but we should take it with a pinch of salt and smile. But it is a very creative place and cute idea. You should really visit it, take pictures and tempt yourself to buy a can of sardines as a souvenir or a gift.

The official website you will find here

WSPANIAŁY ŚWIAT PORTUGALSKIEJ SARDYNKI

Tak, to nie żart! 😉 Dobrze czytacie, ten post będzie na temat miejsca o pociesznej nazwie O MUNDO FANTASTICO DE SARDINHA PORTUGUESA, które miałam okazję odwiedzić podczas mojego pobytu w Lizbonie. Jest to sklep, świat fantazji, galeria, atrakcja turystyczna, ciężko mi nazwać je jednym, adekwatnym słowem. Znajduje się ono w samym centrum Lizbony, niedaleko stacji Rossio na Placu króla Piotra IV. Jego kolorowa fasada oraz muzyka rozbrzmiewająca z jego drzwi na ulicy przyciągają turystów oraz mnie ;). Nie będziecie mieli problemów jego znalezieniem!

Jak się okazuje jest to sklep poświęcony w całości SARDYNKOM! Tak, sardynkom ;), Portugalczycy jedzą bardzo dużo owoców morza, ryb oraz sardynek, zarówno świeżych, jak i tych w puszcze. Zatem postanowili stworzyć owe miejsce na ich cześć.

W sklepie znajdziecie na półkach zapakowane w kolorowe puszki sardynki, nie są jednak to zwykłe puszki! Każda z nich ma nadrukowaną inną datę, a obok niej wypisane są 2 najważniejsze wydarzenia, oraz daty urodzin znanych osób z danego roku. Każdy z Was może kupić ‘spersonalizowaną’ puszkę sardynek, dla siebie, rodziny lub przyjaciół.

Całość jest zaaranżowana w bardzo barwny sposób. Ruszający się sufit, lustrzana podłoga, tron z Królową Sardynką (?), muzyka przypominająca wesołe miasteczko.  Przyznaję, miejsce trąci trochę kiczem (rybą na szczęście nie! 😉 ) i należy traktować je z przymrużeniem oka oraz uśmiechem, ale jest naprawdę pomysłowe i urocze na swój sposób. Warto do niego zajrzeć, porobić zdjęcia i może też skusić się na puszkę oryginalnych sardynek na pamiątkę lub w prezencie.

Oficjalny link znajdziecie tutaj

 

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Lisbon Coastline | Lizbońskie Wybrzeże

Last Sunday I was finally ready to discover Lisbon coastline. I was really driven to see this area by the latest issue of National Geographic devoted to Portugal and lots of feedbacka I heard from people I met since I arrived here. And I must say that was definitely worth it!

The return ticket from Lisbon to Cascais (last stop on the coastline) costs 4,40 euro. When I got to Cais de Sodre (train station) at midday on Sundaytotally totalny packed! So it is much better to have you ticket bought the other day as the queue to the ticket machines could be very long! Luckily, I have managed to join the line in front them, buy the tciket and jump into the first train leaving in 2 minutes! But you do not need to be that sneaky ;), the train departures regularly every 20 minutes.

The rail road leads in the beginning along the Tagus River and than along the coastline. It is stunning and is lined with picturesque beaches and charming Portuguese resort towns (Oeiras, Carcavelos, Estoril, Cascais.). The beaches are characterised by golden sands, clean waters and great tourist facilities, making them suitable for the majority of visitors including families and older visitors.

Getting off at Cascais (the last stop on this train), as I did, you have many facilities to enjoy there. Sea Museum, Fish Market where you can buy fresh seafood, numerous beaches to lay down and get the tan or just walk via Frederico Aurora Street.

Me, I decided to rent a bike (I had read the other day that it was for free, but the man at the rental stadion told me that since last year it is paid (unfortunately). I paid 3,90 euro for the bike I could use it for all day long. There are also cheaper deals (1 euro for 30 minutes and 2 euro for 1 hour ride). My goal was to get to Praia de Guincho by the popular cycle route. (There is a bus service from Cascais but it is difficult to reach the beach from Lisbon.)

Praia da Guincho is 8km to the north of Cascais that I had heard it is stunning so I needed to see it.

Leaving Cascais behine me and heading the West side I felt that the temeprature got cooler and wind got a bit stronger. The route is mainly flat and leads the coastline so you can see surrounding nature and few Little villages on the way there.

[All pictures and videos I made on the way back, so the description and order of them are regarding my way back FROM Praia da Guincho TO Cascais 😉 ]

Once I got to the Praia de Guincho it reminded me wild Australian beaches I have seen earlier this year. Wide, wild, sand,  great for watersports but…no sharks included ;).

The beach is situated in the Serra de Sintra national park so there is almost not tourist development, just massive sand dunes and steep cliffs. It faces a westerly direction and is pounded by massive Atlantic Ocean waves, ideal for experienced surfers.

I bagged guys at surfer school to keep the eye on the bike, I went down hill the sand dune to go to the shore and immerged my feet in the Ocean. Water was… chilly… I was not brave enough to dig in all the way yet.

Pictures, selfie time and I was ready to go back slowly to Cascais. I didn’t hurry up so I could record video for you and take even more pictures ;).

You can see on them several small, wild beaches.

There is also Little suburb called Gaia with well-manatined manor house, little market and restaurants with great view over the Ocean.

There is also one more place I need to highlight, it is The Boca do Inferno. This is an interesting cliff formation very close to Cascais, which has been given an overly dramatic name of Hell’s Mouth. The ceaseless pounding of the Atlantic Ocean on the cliffs chiseled out a small cave, which subsequently collapsed forming a small bay and natural arch. It is Said it looks the most beautiful during storms. You can get there also by walk as it lies only 1.5km to the west of Cascais.

When I returned the bike, it was high time to explore the city and get some sun on the beach! I went to The Praia da Rainha (it was the private beach of queen Dona Amelia, the last queen of Portugal), right in the Centre ofthe city. It is very pretty, small beach. It is surrounded by cliffs and overlooks the fishing harbor.

Leaving my stuff under the rock, I was tempted by calm surface of water and ready for a good swim! (Temperature here, in the city was much higher than on the western Praia de Guincho). The splash was a cherry on the cake that day :).

Later on, my sunbathing and eating was shortened by the high tide that flooded my area and pushed me away from the beach.

However, I didn’t want to go home, so I decided to walk from Cascais along the coastline on a pretty promenade. Strolling by this lovely esplanade you can find bars, pubs and charming restaurants serving fresh seafood and delicious Portuguese food.

The promenade leads even way further but I ended up in Estoril. (This is a stylish and fashionable Portuguese beach resort. The town boasts fine restaurants, world-class hotels and the largest casino of the Iberian Peninsula, all of which provide Estoril with a prosperous atmosphere and a reputation for exclusivity.), located 2 kilometers away from Cascais.

I took the train from the station in Estoril and headed towards Libon, grateful to experience another lovely, sunny day in Portugal. That I wish to all of us as often as possible :)!.

Lizbońskie Wybrzeże

Po sobotnim zwiedzaniu Alfamy (o której napiszę w kolejnym poście), przyszedł czas na plażowanie na Lizbońskim Wybrzeżu. Zachęcona artykułem w najnowszym numerze National Geographic (którego lipcowy numer był akurat poświęcony Portugalii) oraz wieloma radami spotkanych tu osób, musiałam zobaczyć to miejsce i naprawdę było warto!

Z Lizbony do Cascais prowadzi lokalna kolejka, za który bilet w obie strony należy zapłacić 4,40 euro. W niedzielne południe, kiedy dotarłam do Stacji Cais de Sodre, spotkałam się z dużo kolejką do biletomatów (warto zatem kupić bilety z wyprzedzeniem, bo w godzinach szczytu w weekendy należy liczyć się z długim czekaniem). Szczęśliwie, korzystając z zamieszania przy jednej z maszyn, udało mi się wcisnąć (niestety bycie cwaniakiem w takich sytuacjach czasem popłaca ;)) i kupić bilet na pociąg, który odjeżdżał za 2 minuty. Niemniej jednak, wy nie musicie kombinować tak jak ja, pociągi jeżdżą często, średnio co 20 minut.

Trasa z Lizbony wiedzie wzdłuż Tagu, a później wzdłuż wybrzeża oceanu. Pociąg po drodze zatrzymuje się w małych miejscowościach. Ostatnią stacją jest Cascais – klimatyczny kurort, gdzie można zwiedzać Muzeum Morskie, kupić świeże owoce morza na targu rybnym, przejść się ulicą Frederico Arouca lub opalać się i kąpać na jednej z plaż. Ja jednak zdecydowałam się wypożyczyć rower (który powinien być darmowy, dostępny dla każdego po ukazaniu swojego ID, jednak po dotarciu do stacji – nieopodal dworca kolejowego, okazało się, że od zeszłego roku za rower należy zapłacić. Planowałam pojechać na plażę Praia de Gaucho, zatem wypożyczyłam rower na cały dzień (opłata 3,90 euro) [można też wypożyczyć na pół godziny, bądź godzinę].

Z Cascais prowadzi tam piękna droga, połączona ze ścieżką rowerową. Bardzo dobrze przygotowana i gotowa na rowerowe szaleństwa. Szlak wiedzie wzdłuż oceanu dzięki czemu można podziwiać wspaniałe widoki. Tego dnia nie było bardzo gorąco, posuwając się coraz bardziej na zachód czuć było, że temperatura się obniża. Jednak na pewno podczas upałów, słońce może dać we znaki, bo trasa pomimo, że jest łatwa i płaska, jest w zupełności odsłonięta na promienie słoneczne.

[Wszelkie zdjęcia i materiały wideo zaczęłam dopiero robić w momencie dotarcia do plaży Guincho, stąd ich kolejność będzie taka jak podczas mojej trasy powrotnej ;)]

Do Guincho jest około 10 kilometrów. Fajna wycieczka z pięknymi widokami i jeszcze lepszym finiszem. Plaża jest szeroka… bardzo szeroka! Przypomina mi dzikie, australijskie plaże, które odwiedziłam wcześniej w tym roku. Znajduje się również na skraju Parku Narodowego Sitra, gdzie można udać się na wycieczkę po wydmach.  Wybrzeże to raj dla surferów, widać wielu śmiałków walczących ochoczo z falami. (Druga Australia, w dodatku bez… rekinów! 😉 ).

Będąc ograniczona posiadaniem wypożyczonego roweru, którego za prośbą przechowałam w surferskiej budce. Na plażę Guincho zeszłam jedynie, aby porobić parę zdjęć i zanurzyć nogi w wodzie.

W drodze powrotnej udało mi się nakręcić materiał wideo, który pokazuje Wam wybrzeże ciągnące się na schyłku Portugalii. Poprzestając w kilku miejscach, oglądając okolicę udało mi się również poprosić innych rowerzystów o zdjęcia na otaczającym mnie tle.

Między Praia de Guincho a Cascais, znajduje się również kilka innych plaż oraz tych dzikich, gdzie wczasowicze korzystają z uroków przyrody.

Mija się również inne miejsca, takie jak Gaia: bardzo ładnie zagospodarowana miejscowość z uroczym dworkiem, niewielkim targiem oraz restauracjami serwującymi świeże owoce morza z widokiem na ocean.

Nieopodal Cascais znajduje się również Boca de Inferno (wrota Piekieł)  – miejsce z klifowymi skałami, gdzie fale rozbijają się  z wielką siłą. Najpiękniej jest podobno podczas sztormów. Łatwo dostać się w to miejsce również pieszo z Cascais, ponieważ znajduje się ono około 3 kilometry od centrum miasteczka.

Wracaąc do miasta i oddając rower, zaszyłam się na jednej z malutkich plaż znajdującej się nieopodal. Zrzuciłam szybko ciuchy i zostawiłam rzeczy pod pobliską skałą, aby za chwilę ochłodzić się (w mieście było zdecydowanie goręcej niż 10 km dalej w Guincho). Spokojna tafla oceanu i piaszczyste zejście kusiło by do niego wskoczyć. Woda… orzeźwiająca! Mogłaby być ciut cieplejsza, ale i tak o wystarczającej temperatura, aby popływać.

Po chwili plażowania i jedzeniu, nadchodzący przypływ dawał mi we znaki, że pora przenieść się nieco wyżej na brzegu plaży, a ostatecznie z niej wyjść.

Nie chcąc jednak wracać od razu z Cascais do Lizbony przeszłam wzdłuż promenady do kolejnej miejscowości Estoril. Dwukilometrowy deptak położony jest tuż nad wybrzeżem i kolejnymi plażami pełnych turystów. Przy promenadzie znajduje się również wiele barów i restauracji, gdzie można zjeść świeże ryby i portugalskie przysmaki.

Można nią iść jeszcze dalej, ale ja zdecydowałam się wsiąść w pociąg do Lizbony w Estoril, który jest bardzo ekskluzywnym kurortem o największym kasynie na Półwyspie Iberyjskim i posiadającym hotele i restauracje o najwyższych standardach.

Wsiadając do pociągu i kierując się do stolicy byłam przeszczęśliwa, że udało mi się spędzić kolejny piękny, słoneczny dzień w Portugalii. Życzę więcej takich dni każdemu z nas! 🙂