Summer in Portugal: Castles, Wineries, Beaches, and City Life

This Summer we had an amazing trip to Portugal. This was our second time visiting Portugal, as the first time was just for a quick weekend.  We traveled for 16 days to make the most of our second visit.  Our first time in Portugal we just stayed 4 days, so we just visited Lisbon, Cascais and Sintra. This time we had the kids and met friends from as well.  Most importantly, the trip was organized by a Portuguese friend in the wine business!

We arrived in Lisbon in the morning, rented a car from Sixt and went to A Padaria Portuguesa, they have several locations in Lisbon.  Hitting a European bakery to get in the mood after a long flight is recommended.

We wanted to take the kids to ride on the trolley before going to our next stop. It was a great ride, they could have a small glance of Lisbon.

After we finished our Trolly tour we headed back to Cascais, it was just a half an hour drive from Lisbon. We stayed at Grande Real Villa Italia Hotel & Spa http://www.granderealvillaitalia.realhotelsgroup.com/

Wonderful hotel, we got the Penthouse Regina Maria Pia, it is a duplex suite with an area of 1797sqft, this penthouse decor of floral motives in blue and white tones, inspired in the surrounding sea. Natural daylight shows off the decoration of this Penthouse which has a twin bedroom with a sea view, a comfortable living room, dinning room and a kitchenette. One of its outstanding features is the relaxation are with a jacuzzi where you can renew your energy. We spend just 2 nights in Cascais but I wish we could had stayed couple more days there. Cascais has a lot of sight seeing: Boca do Inferno (Scenic seaside cliffs with an open cave), Centro Historico, Farol de Santa Marta, Museu Condes de castro Guimaraes.

The Hotel Pool

Restaurants in Cascais: 

Mar do Inferno https://www.mardoinferno.pt/

Great food and very fair price, here is our dish picture:

Bar do Fundo, located at Av. Alfredo Coelho, 2705-329 Colares, Portugal, half an hour driving from Grand RealVilla Italia Hotel. We sat outside, it has an espetacular view and the food was outstading.

My love
Gift from God


Friends that feels like family

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