Having arrived in Cascais from the northern city of Braga at around 7pm on Friday 1st September, we just had time to drop our luggage at my parent's house, refresh ourselves and shortly after my sister and brother in law picked us up.
We drove to Lisbon to meet up with a cousin and a couple of friends for dinner. After dinner the group of over 50's decided it would be a great idea to go to a disco!
I don't think I had been to a disco since...I can't even remember when, but this I was told was a disco for oldies with music from the 70's and 80's.
|White Night at Plateau Disco|
|Cascais Market - dinner & drinks|
|Tiles in Restaurant Dom Carlos, Statue of Dom Carlos and restaurant and dining room buffet boat|
|Beaches and Vila Gale Hotel with village behind it|
Ericeira beach down below
Azenhas do Mar
On the way back to Cascais we drove to another magical seaside village - Azenhas do Mar about 20kms south of Ericeira. Between the mountain and the Atlantic Ocean, this small town with white houses perched on the cliff has amazing views, protected beach and a sea water pool, and is quite popular with tourists year round.
The name means "Water mills" and you can see one of the old ones on the photo below.
|Azenhas do Mar - the village, one of the water mills|
We parked our car at the bottom of the village, and climbed the hundreds of steps to get the best view of the village. When we came down we ordered an ice-cream at the beach bar and sat down to enjoy the view and the sunshine.
The building by the sea pool has a restaurant on the first floor, and the bar is at beach level. They had live music too, giving the area a real beachy vibe.
|The beach and the bar|
On on the road to Cascais we drove past these beautiful beach areas.
|Guincho Fort Hotel in the distance|
And then it was time to celebrate my son's and my husband's birthdays, on the 4th and 5th of September respectively.
We had two family dinners - a Chinese take away one night and a home cooked dinner the other night, topped with puddings and birthday cake of course.
My son, daughter in law and baby would fly back to Australia the following day, so the family was getting smaller again...
|Birthday celebrations - daughter in law, my mom, daughter, my dad, husband, my sister and Brother in law and my son. Chocolate Mousse, birthday cake, more birthday cake and Creme Caramel pudding|
|Azenhas do Mar - sand drawings by unknown artist - photo from internet|
And just last week I saw this on my FB feed - apparently an unknown artist did this artwork overnight at the Azenhas do Mar beach (see my photo above) a couple of weeks ago. Isn't it just so pretty? Pity it wouldn't last last.
Next time we'll be visiting Cascais and Lisbon. Hope you enjoyed the awesome scenic beaches I showed above.