With its interminable curve of golden coastline, the quaint Cascais has soared from somnolent fishing village to a cosmopolitan centre of culture in just a few years. Boasting some of Portugal’s most exquisite architectural examples and a rich archaeological heritage, the modern developments of the village have given it a luxurious marina and a thriving fine gastronomical scene; opt for the glitzy glamour of the classy cocktail bars or the intriguing information of the town’s ancient quarter for a holistic and unforgettable immersion into captivating Cascais.
Amidst the atmospheric back streets of the village’s ancient quarter, an exquisite ecclesiastical example resides; the Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Assuncao is a seemingly provincial church that harbours an astounding artistic secret. Inside, rich blue tiles boasts intricate scenes stemming from reality, fantasy and religion; these amazing azulejos predate the 18th century earthquake that destroyed most of the town and provide a distinctive display of ancient Portuguese culture.
This cultural double whammy is guaranteed to impress art and architecture enthusiasts alike; the Castro Guimaraes Museum is housed within an architectural banquet of a building. Arabian stone, Gothic grandeur and classical Portuguese styles combine in the edifice, which is home to the captivating art collection of Jorge O’Neil.
A restaurant that prides itself on modern mixology, the eccentric and exquisite Hemingway Restaurant is an obvious choice of eatery for seeking something a little different. Stunning views of the glittering marina are afforded from the restaurant’s top floor setting, and signature dishes are some of the most dynamic and delectable in the town; sample the hunter’s sausage with quails egg or the scallop carpaccio with mango for an unforgettable dining experience.(Marina de Cascais 58, 2750-800 Cascais)