"Big feet, shade, swans and terrapins" Cascais Off The Beaten Path Tip by leics

Cascais Off The Beaten Path: 12 reviews and 37 photos

  Green water, green trees...........
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      Green water, green trees...........
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  • Big feet - Cascais
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      Ducks and terrapins
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Cascais has some rather nice green and shady spaces, which I suspect were largely created around the turn of the last century for the wealthy to promenade, to see and be seen.

To the west of the town lies the large Parque Municipal de Gandarinha, but I explored a little of the smaller Parque Marechal Carmona.

Accessed from the Avenue Vasco da Gama, it has fountains, benches, shady spots (with some pretty old trees), flowerbeds and wandering paths. There's a (very, very green) lake with swans and ducks and terrapins (see them sunning themselves in my photo), a pretty bridge and a cafe.

There are various art installations too. I don't know if they are permanent, but I was intrigued by them.....especially the big feet (I've seen similar on the Palatine Hill in Rome, so maybe they are copies?).

A very pleasant and restful place to escape the sun for a while.

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  • Updated Jun 7, 2009
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