Since Portugal is going to be our place of residency for the next few years, we returned there this fall to travel the country and get to know it a little better. Portugal is not a big country, just 1% the size of the country I grew up in – Canada. So getting to know it shouldn’t take a lot of time. Our first journey out took us west and north, to Cascais, Sintra and Ericeira.
Cascais is a beachfront town not far from Lisbon (30 minutes by car or train) situated where the Tigus meets the Atlantic Ocean. It is popular with tourists and is probably the most popular place for the rich and famous in the country to choose to live. Good for SUP and surf is very close by, as well as golf. Wonderful town to walk and a fun place to return to enjoy the many beaches in front and nearby. Plenty of shopping and a great selection of restaurants.
We stayed at the Casa da Pergola House, which was just delightful. It’s situated right in the middle of town and just steps away from the train station. It is a guest house that, as their website says, “offers a journey through time and enchants guests with the scent and colour of the garden.” And that is surely does.
They continue, “Fully embedded in the architecture of Cascais, Casa da Pergola construction is a master of the late nineteenth century, architectural style with Mediterranean characteristics, with a ground terrace – a pergola – to provide a restful shade. Its beautiful facade in style “Raul Lino” with hand painted antique tiles, and its garden of boxwoods and colorful flowerbeds have pleased amateur and professional photographers. The interior of this house is equally stylish and is welcoming guests for twenty-five years. A white marble staircase leads to ten comfortable rooms furnished with different styles. On the second floor is the lounge with wooden floor and wooden ceiling, divided into various environments, chaired by the fireplace. A collection of paintings of the owners of the house and the old family photos make up the atmosphere of this house with a history.”
We loved it and plan to return soon, next time by train. Continue reading