Exploring the Lisbon Coast
With strong family ties and a childhood spent in Maputo, Mozambique (formerly colonized by the Portuguese in the early 1500s), I grew up learning and adopting many parts of the Portuguese culture and language from an early age.So when the opportunity recently came up for me to tag along with my husband on a business trip to Portugal's capital, I was more than excited to jump at the chance to visit a country which has long had an influence on my life.
After arriving in Lisbon on a sunny saturday morning we decided to make the most of the bright and warm weather by wandering off to the city's well-loved Atlantic coast on the following day.
Lined with miles of sandy beaches, palm trees and charming coastal towns, this seaside getaway was the perfect start to our adventures in Lisbon.
The small and picturesque seaside town of Cascais, a short drive outside Lisbon, was our get-away spot for the day as we spent our Sunday afternoon relaxing and taking in beautiful ocean views of this lush resort town.
After soaking up some sun, we headed towards one of the town's most famed attractions - the Boca do Inferno or " mouth of hell ".
These white and rugged cliffs perched high above the ocean are named for the temperamental and windy atmosphere which hangs onto the cliffs and sends waves crashing against the rocks!
A small platform at Boca do Inferno offered beautiful views of what reminded me very much of the Atlantic coastline in Cape Town, back home in South Africa.
Altogether, this scenery coupled with the relaxed resort ambience of Cascais, made for an amazing day by the sea as we soaked up the last of the summer weeks in Lisbon (whilst also trying to get rid of our jet lag)!
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