Summer Vacation Trip Part I: Caceres and Cascais
As soon as our son’s Summer school ended, we hopped on a car and headed to Portugal. My husband had been there couple of times before but for me it was first time so I left there with full of enthusiasm. But before arriving to Portugal, we spent one night in Caceres.
During our short stop, we stayed at Barcelo Caceres V Centenario (click the link to find out more), which worked perfectly for us. We have stayed at Barcelo hotels many times before and never have had any complaints. This hotel had large, spacious and tidy room, good service and a really nice and pleasant pool area. Also, our son found some sweets that had been left on his bed, which made him super happy! Little things really do matter 😉 .
Caceres itself was such a cute place. Beautiful exterior walls, historical buildings, nice cafeterias and tiny alleys. The place wasn’t crowded at this time of the year and we didn’t come across with too many tourists, so I could visit Caseres again with better time.
On our way to Cascais, we spent a day at the beach in Setubal, which is located in Nature park of Arrabida. And wow, absolutely wow! That was maybe one of the most beautiful places in Europe I’ve ever been. Everything was so green and flowers blooming, the beach was gorgeous and the view from the above was breathtaking beautiful. Now, I understand why my husband has spoken so much about this place, simply amazing!
Also, Cascais stole our hearts. We stayed at Vila Gale Cascais Hotel (click link to find out more), which was just seconds away from the Cascais Marina and a few minutes from the center of town. So no car needed during these days 😉 . Our hotel room was finely furnished, modern, and really spacious, and hotel area offered a variety of services and facilities like nice outdoor swimming pools and sun bathing area, and a much-needed children’s playground for little ones. They also had sauna, which we didn’t try this time for some obvious reason.
Cascais is only a 30-minute drive away from Lisbon downtown, and still you’ll find yourself in a whole other world. This old fishermen’s town is quiet, small and charming with its old buildings, colorful walls, hidden tiny shops, restaurants and cafeterias and beaches with white sand. It’s perfect place for strolling around, to enjoy delicious food and just relax. We will certainly come back again! And tip for all vegans/ vegetarians: Even though we aren’t vegetarian, Cascais offered one of the best vegetarian/vegan restaurants I’ve ever visited. Try for example Dona Flor Cafe & Bistro and Local – Your Healthy Kitchen.
After those lovely days in Cascais, we headed to Lisbon downtown. I will tell you soon more about that!
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