Cascais - a village of kings and fishermen
When I visit Portugal I usually stay at either my sister's or my parent's apartment in Cascais, a coastal town about 30km from Lisbon.
Even though I have visited my family in Cascais countless times, it seems there are still some interesting spots to discover as I found out during this visit.
Marechal Carmona Park
On a photographic tour with my Dad, he took me to visit Marechal Carmona Park, a place I never even knew existed in Cascais... (named after Marshal Carmona, a militar and former Portuguese President).
A lovely cool oasis created in the 40's, with a pond, some statues, beautiful tiled work and ducks, chickens, birds and even a few peacocks roaming the grounds,. picnic areas, a Cafe...
I was excited when I found this 2 metre wide "Plastic World" sculpture in the park, as I remembered I had seen it before during our 2014 Sculpture by the Sea in Cottesloe - created by a Portuguese artist, it was originally exhibited at the "Sculpture ArteMar" at the Estoril beach (Portugal) in 2009 and won first prize!
|Some of the fountains and other walls adorned with beautiful traditional blue mosaic tiles.|
|Chickens, Ducks and Peacocks roamed the park|
The park leads to the Museum of Conde de Castro Guimaraes. This former palace was commissioned in 1900 by Jorge O´Neill, a personal friend of King Carlos I of Portugal. It was later bought by Count Manuel de Castro Guimaraes, and donated to the State upon his death in 1927.
Entry is free and have access to 2 floors of beautiful furniture, paintings and other antiques.
|Here you can see the tiled mural to the right over a small pond|
|Seen from the street, the Palace/Museum in partly surrounded by a moat that fills up with sea water when the sea rises, as can be seen in the photo below taken from one of the top windows.|
Inside the Museum
The original Palace's ceilings, tile work, chandeliers, furniture and paintings are quite
Across the street you can visit the Santa Marta Lighthouse and Museum as well.
A pretty corner of Cascais, don't you think?
More about Cascais in the next post...