The building above is the Cascais Town Hall - located at the "Praça 5 de Outubro" (5th October Square), IN THE CENTRE OF CASCAIS. The former palace of the "Condes da Guarda" (Counts of Guarda), has a few tile panels on it's facade depicting Saints - St John, St Anthony, St Marc and St Lucas.
|St Anthony tile panel at the Cascais city council|
Dom Pedro I
In this Square you can also see the Statue of D.Pedro I, the famous king from the love story of Ines de Castro and Pedro. It was during his reign that he received the "Charter" of Cascais.
The famous Irish pub O'Neills also faces the Square with it's ondulated cobbled pavement as well as having a view of the "Praia da Ribeira" (Ribeira beach) across the road.
|My favourite house -top right|
|Another favourite - top left|
Above, some of the varied architectural styles, and below a variety of window and door styles and tiled street name plaques.
Windows, Doors & other details
Casa da Guia
Another former Palace from the 19th Century, it was the summer house of the Counts of Alcáçovas, located at Avenida Nossa Senhora do Cabo 101, on the way to Guincho, just 2,3km from the Town Hall. The remodeled palace now houses boutiques, hair and beauty salon, and the outdoor area has got a few cafes and restaurants with wonderful views of the Atlantic Ocean.
|Casa da Guia, outdoor areas (Aerial photo from the internet)|
The Fort of Our Lady of Light
|Main entrance to the Cidadela and Fort|
Also known just as "The Cascais Fort", it was started in 1594. During the earthquake of 1755 it was greatly damaged. With the use of firearms, the fort lost it's defensive function.
During the 20th century renovation of the fort took place and the building is classified as a site of public interest. This fort now owned by the Portuguese Government is mainly used by the Army and also serves as the summer residence of the Portuguese President.
Gelados Santini - Santini's Ice Creams
|Enjoying our ice-creams - My Mom, my middle sister, my niece and my daughter|
I couldn't leave Cascais without going to the famous Santini's, the ice-cream shop opened since 1949, to savour one of their hundreds of ice-cream flavours.
On their site they have 68 flavours!!
I had a double scoop - Dulce de Leite and Brigadeiro.
It was a long wait since the queue was out the door, but it was worth it!
After the Monday Mural post, the next one will be about another beautiful town - Sintra.