Nazare to Cascais & Lisbon
couple of days in Nazare were interesting. The weather has been almost cloudless
and very warm since we reached
We decided to leave on Sunday by which time the swell should have dropped from 3.5m to something more reasonable. Actually leaving was trickier than we expected. The marina is part of a government port (a very large fishing fleet is based there) so we had to pay the official at the security gate on the day of departure. I got up at 0545, picked my way in the dark through the guard dogs of various shapes and sizes protecting the fishermen’s sheds, woke the official, then had an interesting 20-minute discussion (unfortunately he knew even less English than I did Portuguese) to establish exactly what I owed. Since it was only about 50 euros for 4 nights this wasn’t too big a deal. Captain Mike had told us of a route through the strait between Ilha Berlenga and the mainland that should minimise the effects of the prevailing southerly current, which gave us a chance of arriving in Cascais before dark if we left at first light.
It was the usual sort of trip for this time of the year – motor-sailing through rolling swell with little wind until we reached the major headland of Cabo da Roca (the most westerly point in mainland Europe for the pub quiz enthusiasts), after which it blew about 25-30 Kt from dead astern, dying off as we turned into the Rio Tejo (Tagus) to moor in the large and opulent marina at Cascais just after sunset. This is a very pretty holiday resort as well as being a 30 min train ride from Lisbon, so we expect to be here for a few days before moving on to Sines.
October 9) Cascais (first 2 photos:
the marina from our berth and then a long shot of the marina from the other side
of the town) is still booming with holiday-makers, despite it being October, so
restaurants etc. are all still open.
We made our planned trip to