Seascape To Cascais
Surfing was a hobby I never thought I needed. Back in 2013 my best friend and I took a break away from a city by joining an adventure trip to Baler where I fell in love with the ocean and surfing. It was also the start of my never ending search for new places to explore. Back then we would always make a trip going to the beach to surf even if it meant living on canned goods, hitchhiking and pitching out own tents just so we can go and surf.
Moving to Poland meant living away from the beach/island life which at first I thought was okay until I got homesick (homebreak-sick) so I decided to plan a trip to Portugal. Portugal waves are always firing through out the year and has a lot of surf spots to choose from. Since I hold the title of being the best 90 degree nose diver with my circle of friends - I looked for a surf spot that suited my skills and needs and that’s when I found Cascais. I planned my trip in July since I was meeting my sister in Barcelona at that time and we also planned to go to Lisbon afterwards.
Cascais is a small town located 30 kilometers west of Lisbon which surrounded by sandy beaches and the lush of the Sintra mountains up north. This town is not as tourist-y as I expected it to be especially that I went there during summer time so it was nice to explore and experience Cascais without lining up to eat, surf or visit historical places.
Cascais has everything that I will ever need in a ala “eat pray love” kind of trip - beaches, mountains, amazing food and a community that treats you like an old friend returning to your hometown. If there’s one thing I have confirmed in this trip is that in every surf town there’s no such thing as strangers. I thought I was gonna spend my time alone in this town but right after the first surf session I ate, drank and watched one of the most beautful sunsets I’ve seen with people who either went to Cascais for the holidays or went to Cascais and decided to stay.
I was never the type to go back to a place more than once unless I really want to or I have to (because of friends) and a few months later I went back and I will be back this year as well. There is a certain charm to Cascais that draws me in so effortlessly.
How To Get To Cascais:
Take a plane ride going to Lisbon Airport
Take a train from Lisbon’s Cais do Sodré station to Cascais Central via Estoril (€2.25, 40 minutes, every 20 to 30 minutes, 5.30am to 1.30am).
Places to See:
Praia Do Guincho - amazing sunsets!
Boca Do Inferno
Museu Condes de Castro Gumaraes
Praia de Rainha - everyone’s go to beach because it’s a walking distance to the town center.
Old Centre of Cascais
Santa Marta Lighthouse and Museum
Check out Salty Souls Portugal for surf lessons and good vibes!
So if you want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle, if you want to restore your inner peace, if you want to detoxify your mind, body and soul, if you want to slow down and just breathe - go to Cascais.
I will retire near the beach,