Renowned for its glorious stretch of white, sandy beach, myriad of shopping opportunities and cosmopolitan vibrancy, the former fishing village of Cascais has reinvented itself into a refined seaside resort and one of Lisbon’s most sophisticated destinations.
Snuggled between the sun-dappled shores of the Cascais bay and Sintra’s dramatic mountain range, this stylish coastal town is situated just a few miles from the mouth of the Tagus estuary and captures the attention of visitors year-round with its delightful maritime feel and contemporary charm.
Historically, Cascais is best remembered as an elegant summer retreat for 19th Century Portuguese kings and a haven for European royalty who sought refuge in the country’s neutral territory during World War II. However, while time has shaped this scenic resort into a glamorous centre of culture, nightlife and top-quality living, Cascais has managed to retain the splendour of its seafaring age through its elegant fortresses, lighthouses and 17th Century citadel.
The Largo de Camões square marks the historic centre of Cascais and is a favourite with locals and tourists alike due to the cheerful atmosphere created by its pubs, cafés and restaurants – an especially lively spot in the evening! While in the area, walk around ‘Rua Direita’, the most commercial street in town and find shops, friendly street vendors and nearby shopping centres. There are also several busy weekly fairs in Cascais that are great for picking up traditional Portuguese linen and handicraft items.
Whenever leaving the centre, you may catch a glimpse of the local fishermen mending their nets beside their colourful boats at the quaint Pescadores beach. Contrasting with this picturesque sight is the nearby marina – a modern seafront setting where you can appreciate luxurious yachts, sizzling seafood dishes, trendy bars and boutiques. Cascais is also a magnet for night owls, providing an eclectic range of evening entertainment that offers everything from glitzy cocktail lounges to cosy jazz bars and upbeat clubs.
Marvel at the unspoilt sand dunes and untamed waves of Guincho beach – part of the beautiful Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. Situated near the exclusive Quinta da Marinha golf and leisure development, Guincho is especially loved by water sports enthusiasts and popular for its beachfront bar, free-rental bicycles and famous hot dog van! Monuments, museums and cultural performances are also a constant in Cascais, offering everything from classical music concerts to art exhibitions.
Take a stroll on the seaside promenade from Cascais to Estoril – home to one of Europe’s largest and oldest casinos. Boasting deluxe seafront apartments, a fashionable beach and a lively night scene, this resort attracts avid culture lovers and jet-setters from all over the world with its prestigious conferences, international film festival and legendary jazz concerts. Distinguished sports facilities in the area include the Estoril Golf and Academia Internacional de Golfe Estoril Sol golf courses, several tennis courts and a racetrack. A relaxing visit to the Estoril Wellness Centre and spa is another luxurious experience to enjoy during your holiday in this stunning resort.
Lisbon is a short car-drive from Cascais and Estoril, although a quick trip on the railway will also take you to the city centre – a pleasant train ride allowing you to admire the beauty of Cascais’ coast merge with Lisbon’s unique, historic appeal.
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marcan44 (6301) 2011-10-13 10:58
grande definizione e colori ben saturati per dare una immagine solare di questa bella cittadina del Portogallo.
emka (86535) 2011-10-13 13:59
again impressive pavement and beautiful palms.
Very pleasant colours, probably in early evening. And sky like by bluejeans :). Well done, have a nice weekend
nikkitta (16802) 2011-10-13 14:23
So this is Cascais?
Nice, very nice pavement as is easy to find in Portugal
Great diagonal POV and vertical format
Note, very good one
npecanhuk (70086) 2011-10-13 14:32
Gosto, em especial, da exposição, das cores obtidas, do ponto de vista escolhido, do formato vertical e da composição!
Novamente, destaque para o calçamento!
Parabéns, abraço e até mais,
lousat (82636) 2011-10-13 14:56
HI Goncalo,very excellent work in this city to rebuilth the things and great pic too to show us what happen's,beautiful and rich composition whit the usual top sharpness and high saturation.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
patdeph (35748) 2011-10-13 22:06
a nice view on this part of the town,with always this gret depth and these wonderful colors that are the chatacteristic of your pictures.
ChrisJ (104347) 2011-10-13 22:40
Fantastic warm vs cold colour contrasts between the yellow & blue, with very good sharpness & textural details in the tile pavement. Tfs!
Graal (100114) 2011-10-13 23:44
nice vertical composition. Good presentation of fragment Cascais. Many years ago, I was there on the beach to swim in the ocean. Fine saturated colours. Good photowork.
Have a nice day.
danyy (0) 2011-10-14 0:04
dans cette habitude de faire des photos avec des couleurs très vivantes, une fois de plus, un ciel d'un bleu limpide et une grande précision dans le calcul des lumières. La magie du grand angle pour la profondeur.
tober (8797) 2011-10-14 0:09
Hello Gonçalo, Cascais is the place I like most around Lisbon. The geometrical patterns on the ground and the blue sky lok wonderful.I can even feel the smells of "Frango do Churasco" :)
ikeharel (62989) 2011-10-14 1:37
Streets of wonderful Cascais, Goncalo.
POV to show a fine town's corner - just a bit of excess use with the CP filter darkened the scene, to my taste.
jhm (144304) 2011-10-14 4:30
The drawings in the tiles of the street lead us to the palm trees and the houses in background.
You chose a very well angle this care for depth and perspective.
Sharpness and clarity make this image very attractive
Very well done, TFS.
Bom fim de semana,
siamesa (27763) 2011-10-14 4:50
Bom dia Gonçalo
Linda a vista dessa rua . O piso de pedras tem uma beleza especial.Belíssima composição, amigo
dkmurphys (52773) 2011-10-14 5:37
Very fine texture of the pavement that gives depth to the composition. Great colors, well catch scene.
Have a nice weekend.
adramad (40688) 2011-10-14 7:17
De nuevo una composicion magnifica, jugando con el efecto geometrico del pavimento que complementa el bonito conjunto de edificios y palmeras, ese cielo de azul intenso da un bonito contraste, en esta imagen de colores tan vivos.
Muy buena nitidez y luminosidad.
Disfruta de un buen fin de semana.
Cricri (111461) 2011-10-14 9:36
Belle prise et cadrage du sol, effet graphique et des détails bien rendue des pierres, des couleurs toujours agréable avec un joli fond bleu du ciel, très belle réalisation
TopGeo (38208) 2011-10-14 11:31
again impressive perspective with architecture and beautiful palms Very pleasant colours, Very impressive facade on a beautiful building, excellent architecture photo! Great composition and framing! Great light management, beautiful colours and textures!
peppe59 (14551) 2011-10-14 11:37
un incrocio di linee e curve, bellissima questa piazza ed un contrasto eccezionale con il blu del cielo, ottimo lavoro e buon fine settimana
josepmarin (57947) 2011-10-14 11:40
perfecta combinación de las texturas y la geometría del pavimento en la plaza, con la arquitectura de las casas, las farolas, las palmeras y el parterre, formando una composición muy rica y con un fantástico grafismo.
Buen encuadre, buena gestión de la luz y alta calidad en los colores cálidos y saturados, que dan mucho carácter a la foto.
Un buen trabajo, amigo.
cornejo (35883) 2011-10-14 11:57
Oi Gonçalo, um bom tiro com clareza e qualidade para mostrar esta bela cidade que passeio agradável, bom trabalho e lindo bem feito, parabéns. Boa tarde e fim de semana feliz.
Bartleby (13552) 2011-10-14 12:53
cool use of those foreground lines to ground your colorful composition. Good idea.
chawax (19842) 2011-10-14 14:17
I love the POV that uses the perspective lines of the pavement to add depth and guide our look to the trees and the houses. Colours are very nice.
pablominto (53746) 2011-10-14 23:44
Clever lines in the street pattern, nice use of cobblestones!
The fine light renders warm attractive colours, in particular the palm trees stand well against the deep blue sky...
A fine late summer atmosphere..!
Waylim (25368) 2011-10-14 23:53
Wonderful photo with great details, and the vertical format that include much of the foreground of mosaic tile patter provide great depth. Beuatiful rich color and deep tone and natural light.
kato (11630) 2011-10-15 3:27
You're capturing well this street and architecture by a good composition and excellent clarity/tone, so it's impressive to see that here is a place with a warm atmosphere of the Southern Europe style. It's impressive in the design of the floor of an open space and the sequence of red flowers planted in the side of the road. And, buildings with cream-colored wall and blue sky draw out a good mood in this image.
shevchenko (18892) 2011-10-16 20:14
Good shot in vertical format, nice to see tiling floor in another pattern, beautiful shop lots at background, trees and flowers by the roadside add more color to the scene, thanks for sharing a beautiful old town.
delpeoples (55094) 2011-10-17 5:39
Ola dear Goncalo
Your signature style is so evident here, you do not even need to sign your name under it :) Beautiful colours, excellent vertical (your strongest composition in my opinion), wonderful graphism and remarkable skies. I could not ask for more. Parabens.
jemaflor (89405) 2011-10-17 8:59
Well framed, I like the fg, nice light and sharpness, well managed, tfs.
COSTANTINO (59937) 2011-10-17 11:36
a beautiful postcard from this city
it is very interesting with a nice
pavement and the beautiful palms
your notes are very useful
jmdias (58974) 2011-11-03 16:30
o formato vetical, além de apanhar as linhas da calçada aumentou o sentido de verticalidade das palmeiras. linda foto, belas cores, nitidez e enquadramento.
- Copyright: Goncalo Lopes (Bluejeans) (64249)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-09-30
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D40X, Tamron SP AF10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD, SD 4GB 150x
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/800 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): calçada Portuguesa [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-10-13 10:50