Wednesday, April 03, 2013

A-Z Challenge - C = C Beaches on the Lisbon Coast

Cascais Praia dos Pescadores (Wikipedia)


There can't be many capital cities in Europe with golden beaches just twenty-minutes away.

Jump on a train in Lisbon and you'll be in Carcavelos in twenty-minutes or Cascais in thirty.



Carcavelos
Carcavelos is the place for surfers with...so I'm told...a wonderful beachbreak and cylindrical left rolls (hope that makes sense). And if my source is correct, the waves are currently at 3.5m - so quick, grab your board and come on over. But you won't see me there - don't forget it's the Atlantic and I only get in the sea when temperatures rise above 22ºC.

I asked a friend of mine, Eva Sanches, who's had the innovative idea of building two cottages and renting them out for holiday lets in the hills above Cascais, where she advises her guests to visit. So she sent me this picture of the wild and rugged beach at Guincho, just ten minutes down the coast by car or cycle from Cascais in about twenty. You can even walk there...

The boardwalk to Guincho Beach. Photo by Eva Sanches

Take a look at Eva's site

16 comments:

  1. Exotic and beautiful.

    Hugs and chocolate,
    Shelly

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  2. It looks beautiful. I'd much rather be there than here with all our snow that hasn't melted yet.

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  3. Wow. I'd love to jump on a train in Lisbon. Sadly, I think it's a bit too far from Utah. :)

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  4. It is, Shelly. Oh Suzi - I miss the snow though. It is a bit far Erin.

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  5. Sounds grand. Best beaches I ever saw were in Cuba

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  6. Love that boardwalk photo. I'm in landlocked Colorado so I'm always happy to vacation near a beach. :)

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  7. What a place! We are on the Pacific, where the ocean is much colder.

    Here from the A to Z.

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  8. Have you ever stayed at either of her cottages?

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  9. Thanks Sue. Lu, now I live near the sea I couldn't live without it, You're probably right Susan - another ocean. Alex, I don't need to stay there - I live close by. But I've seen them when I go to her house. They're very comfortable and equipped. Also off the tourist route.

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  10. Such beautiful places. I think my fear of sharks is too big though to ever try surfing.

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  11. Beautiful photos, and fascinating for this person who has never crossed the Atlantic! I have seen quite a few places to live vicariously thru photos as I travel around the a-z!

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  12. I like your friend's idea. I love the wide open beach but like you, I need warm water to convince me to step into it.

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  13. I love beaches. They are wonderful places. Eva's site is truly amazing.

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  14. Looks wonderful there. :-)

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  15. @Marta. LOL - I don't think there are any sharks around here (famous last words). @Andrea - the a to z is a learning experience! @Susan - oh yes, nice and warm and comfortable that's me. @Lynda - those little cottages are fabulous and right off the beaten track.
    Thanks Misha!

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  16. Wow, what beautiful pictures! Nothing better than gorgeous beaches. I've never been to Portugal and don't know much about it so I'm really looking forward to your theme. It's always fun to learn about new places.

    Thanks so much for coming by my blog! I'm so glad to meet you and to learn about your books, they look awesome. :)

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