Every year on the night before the 13th of June, the streets in the old traditional districts of Lisbon receive a swarm of Lisbonites celebrating Santo António, the patron saint of the capital of Portugal.
OUT & ABOUT
On the southern bank of the Sado river, beyond the Tróia peninsula, lies a paradise of sandy dunes, long stretches of pristine beaches of soft white sand and the dark blue waters of the Atlantic.
Cascais is a great alternative to going out in Lisbon. There's a decent offer of diverse bars and plenty of excellent restaurants ranging from Asian to European cuisines, and we even found a Mexican or Spanish restaurant of sorts with live flamenco shows.
Speedboats zapped across the estuary, cutting through the blue steel of the water. Green ferryboats dragged on slowly from Setúbal towards Tróia. Behind them, on the northern bank of the river Sado, tall chimneys from a power plant and a paper factory and naval dockyards where massive cargo ships were being repaired and serviced provided a stark contrast to the idyllic beaches of fine white sand in the Tróia peninsula.