Cascais – Octopi

Before I got to Lisbon, I had no idea there were so many day trips possible from the enigmatic city. If I did I probably would have stayed for weeks (though I would have done that anyway had I been able to).

Keen for some of that famous Portuguese beach action, Laura, Shanti and I caught the train about an hour north up the coast to the beach side town of Cascais.

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Cascais is a delightfully cute beach town, lined with beaches of fluffy white sand, adorable Mediterranean tiled streets, delicious restaurants and just enough gelato shops to quench any thirst.

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As well as an art gallery and a harbour of dreamy European sail boats, you can meander your way up the coast, past the light house and to an outlook (which I was the famous cave system that you see in all the Portugal pics, but that’s in Lagos!).

It also bizarrely has a castle right at the waters edge with its own little beach, a half dead cactus garden and a bunch of chooks that put the Nandos in Portuguese chicken.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: I had one of the best meals of my trip/life in Cascais. Polvo Vadio is a little hole in the wall in the back streets of Cascais, with a splattering of seating. I was not only captivated by the eye-catching Kraken artwork, but also the thought of eating fresh local sea food right by the sea.

Being a party of three (cue the theme music), we waiting about an hour for a table and then were almost overwhelmed by the short but delicious menu. Eventually we chose the octopus rice, fried octopus (cause calamari derrr), grilled octopus on a bed of mashed potato and chorizo, boiled greens and a salad for the health.

How much is too much octopus? The limit does not exist.

I’ve never eaten so much delicious octopi before and I probably won’t again. I respect and thank my eight tentacled friends even more now for their gift to the world.

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The day was finished with a short bake on the beach and a somewhat sombre train ride back to town for our final meal together. Next time, I’ll stay in Cascais (and Portugal) for many moons more.

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