Our fourth day in Portugal was also our first day on the road – getting around Lisbon is infinitely more enjoyable by tram, as dealing with parking and the city traffic is an unnecessary hassle.

Cascais, PortugalHalf an hour’s drive away from the hustle and bustle of the capital is Cascais, a quaint and picturesque coastal town. Stunning though it was, we weren’t really able to make the most of it having made the mistake of arriving both off-season, and on a Sunday, so all of the museums and galleries were closed (a rookie mistake on our part).

Cascais, PortugalCascais, PortugalCascais, PortugalLuckily, we weren’t really in the mood for rushing around and trying to pack everything in anyway – after our whirlwind of a weekend in Lisbon, and the nightmare journey into Portugal (if possible, avoid flying with TAP airways) it was incredible just to wander the streets, eat ice cream and do some casual exploring.

Cascais, PortugalCascais, PortugalCascais, PortugalNever one to visit a place without sampling the food, we stopped into the House of Wonders, located on Largo do Misericordia. They specialise in healthy, mostly vegetarian fare, and have a great roof terrace with an excellent view of the sea and the town.

Cafe Galeria House of Wonders, Cascais, PortugalCafe Galeria House of Wonders, Cascais, PortugalCafe Galeria House of Wonders, Cascais, PortugalTheir Middle Eastern mezze platter was just what we needed after what felt like three solid days filled of bitoque (delicious Portuguese steak, egg and chips) – although I steered clear of the pitta.

Cafe Galeria House of Wonders, Cascais, PortugalMezze Platter, House of Wonders, Cascais, Portugal

The place has a great vibe – a lot of arts and crafts, a great roof terrace and a light and refreshing mezze platter, but was really let down by the cocktails, which were watery and underwhelming – hence the 3.5 rating from me.

The House of Wonders is located at Largo da Misericórdia, 53, Cascais Centro, Cascais, +351 911 702 428.

3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

Had the weather been a little warmer it would’ve been lovely to relax on Praia do Peixe, or do a bit of surfing in the beaches nearby for a lovely day out.

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