Monday, 25 July 2016 – Day 40 – Cascais to Lisbon

Monday, 25 July 2016 – Day 40 -Cascais to Lisbon 

I got up early and made myself some breakfast. At 9.15, Maria, the owner of the unit, came and chatted until about 10.00.  I then went for the short walk to the nearby beach – Praia da Azarujinha Beach, Estoril, Cascais

 

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East perspective at Praia da Azarujinha Beachi – big descent to beach

I made the steep descent to the Praia da Azarujinha beach  It is a small cosy and intimate beach, surrounded by a huge cliff which provides enclosure from all types of winds. Azarujinha beach marks the beginning point of the seawall that goes all the way to Cascais, where you can pleasantly walk close to the sea.

I stayed down at the beach until 12.30 as Mark and Terri were going to collect me to go to the Cascais railway station. We bought sandwiches and then boarded the train to go to Lisbon. Some friends also joined us on the train. We got off at Belem to watch the Tall Ships that were visiting Portugal. This would be their last day in Lisbon.

 It will be exactly sixty years since the very first Tall Ships Race visited Lisbon, Portugal in 1956 – and the international fleet is returning for the eighth time. The first Tall Ships’ Race in 1956 was a race of 20 of the world’s remaining large sailing ships. The race was from Torbay, UK to Lisbon and was meant to be a last farewell to the era of the great sailing ships. However, public interest was so intense the Sail Training International Race Committee formed a founding organisation and has since organised Tall Ships’ Races and Regattas annually around the world, attracting hundreds of ships and millions of spectators.
 The race commenced  in Antwerp, Belgium  This will be the fourth time since its first event in 2001. Located in the heart of Europe it’s a pocket-sized metropolis and Europe’s second largest ports. (Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 July)
 Lisbon, Portugal will be welcoming the fleet after the first race leg for the seventh time since the races began. (Friday 22 July to Monday 25 July 2016)
 Cadiz, Spain is the oldest continuously-inhabited city in southern Spain and one of the oldest in southwestern Europe. (Thursday 28 to Sunday 31 July 2016). A Coruna in northern Spain is a busy port located on a promontory in the entrance of an estuary in a large gulf on the Atlantic Ocean. It is surrounded on all sides by the sea.  (Thursday 11 August to Sunday 14 August 2016). It’s set to take its place as the final port of the Tall Ships Races 2016 for the 11th time. This gives A Coruña the enviable position of a port to have hosted the most Tall Ships race events ever.
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It was a lovely sight seeing the Tall Ships sail up the River.  So majestic. After we had seen quite a few of the ships pass by, we headed back to the railway station and saw the ships on their way to Cadiz.

One of the tall ships in Lisbon

One of the tall ships in Lisbon

Terri and Mark dropped me off at about 5.30pm. I went down to the Praia da Azarujinha Beach once more, but this time I took my swimmers and had a nice swim. I then walked along the promenade to the nearby Praia da Poco Beach and had a nice pork, brocolli and rice meal at the Opiparo restaurant and then it was home and early night.  Another exciting day especially seeing the Tall Ships.

 

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