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Leaving Praca 5 de Outubro and the Town Hall, I crossed over Avenida Don Carlos 1 and came to the Fishermans Beach.
This is a great spot for people watching, and seeing some of the fishermen tending their nets, preparing lobster pots etc. There are also lots of places to take photos over the Baia de Cascais.
The small sandy beach had quite a few sunbathers, and children paddling. There is a notice advising that as there is fishing activity, the water is not suitable for bathing!(pic 2)
On the 15th August each year, as part of the towns Sea Festivities, this beach is the starting point of Our Lady of the Navigators sea procession.
I'm not sure if the statue of the female looking out to sea represents 'Our Lady'(pic 5) or not!
Looking at the resort of Cascais today, with its smart Boulevards, restaurants, shops and hotels, it might be hard to imagine the small fishing village that originated in the 12th Century, where the inhabitants eked out a living in fishing the seas, and subsequent trades.
Apparently, the old fishing village was demolished to make way for the construction of a hotel -The Baia or the Villa Albatroz?
(Later that day, I was to visit the Museo du Mer- Museum of the Sea, which has lots of interesting information about the history of Cascais's fishing industry, and the lives of the fishermen and their families)
Fish caught, is auctioned daily (except Sundays), which I understand takes place early morning and/or around 1700hrs.
I regret not having seen this, or hearing the auctioneer conducting the bidding in rapid fire colloquialisms - not that I'd have understood if he spoke 'The Kings Portuguese'!
Some of the fish and seafood sold to the local restaurants include sardines, squid, cod fish (which may be preserved later in salt to form the traditional Bacalhou) lobster, crab, sea bream, barnacles, conger, lamprey, cockles, octopus sole and robale.
The quality of the fish caught and prepared here in Cascais attracts food lovers from Lisbon to its many restaurants,which specialise in fish and seafood.
Although, if you want to visit Cascais especially for a fish meal, try to avoid Mondays as the Fishermen don't go to sea on Sundays, so the fish sold won't be as fresh as on other days.
Address: Praia de Pescadores
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