After plenty of family holiday, my husband and I decided it was time for a little getaway by ourselves to relax and explore a new city. We decided to fly to Lisbon from Cork for a long weekend and we based ourselves in Cascais, mainly for the hotel. We stayed in the Grand Real Italia 5*. An amazing hotel in a great location. We were within walking distance of the centre of Cascais. The hotel staff were truly fabulous, and the hotel was an excellent 5*, it was spotless clean.
Our priority on this little getaway, was to relax and get in some sightseeing. We had no children with us on this trip, so it was important we got to recharge. Cascais was a pleasure to explore, with a real authentic Portuguese experience. Within the cobbled streets of the historic centre are gorgeous mansions, an amazing fort and fascinating museums. Cascais is situated on the beautiful Lisbon Coast, and is known as a fishing village, with nice beaches and a great nightlife.
Cascais has great transport to Lisbon. We took a day trip into the city and fell in love with the beauty of Lisbon. There was so much to do and see. I would recommend visiting the Zoo, they had cable carts, Dolphin shows and much more to offer. Entry into the Zoo was very reasonable and is situated 3 miles from the centre of Lisbon City. Lisbon downtown is where you will find all the shops, from traditional shops to high end shops.
We had a fantastic trip! We could have done with an extra day or two to get in more sightseeing, we never made it to Sintra, which is meant to be another great day trip. But this also gives us an excuse to return as the area has so much to offer!
If you think a trip like this would suit you, why not give me a call and we can chat more about it.