Every major city in a country that borders the ocean needs to have their quintessential beach towns. Cascais and Estoril proved to be great spots for dipping our toes in the water the third day of our adventure in Portugal.
In the morning, we started by taking the metro to the Baixa square and getting on an above ground train/trolley to head out towards the historical city of Belèm. Located just a 15 minute trolley ride (although a bloody hot and cramped trolley ride) outside Lisbon proper, Belém is a quaint area of Lisbon with a very rich religious history. We toured the Torre de Belém (free with Lisboa card) as well as the famous Jeronimos Monastery.
Estoril and Cascais
With another brief train ride, we ended up in the Cascais/Estoril beach town. I was truly impressed with how crystal blue the water was, it felt like we were in the Mediterranean. Be warned, however, because the Europeans have a much different concept of what appropriate bathing suit bottoms look like. I saw more old-lady ancient butt at the public beach than I ever have in the locker room at my gym.
For dinner, we ate at a nice restaurant overlooking a river inlet and the ocean in Cascais. Definitely a beautiful city to walk around and enjoy, and I would definitely consider returning for a beach vacation in the future.