Once a mere fishing village, the town of Cascais—with three small, sandy bays—is now a heavily developed resort packed with shops, restaurants, and hotels. Despite the masses of people, though, Cascais has retained some of its small-town character. This is most visible around the harbor, with its fishing boats and yachts, and in the old streets and squares off Largo 5 de Outubro, where you'll find lace shops, cafés, and eateries. The beaches are attractive, too; however, you must be mindful of pollution problems here. Unless signs indicate otherwise, stay out of the sea.
When there was every reason in the world to stay away and see the ruins, one woman traveled to Greece to get to work.More