If you want to experience the Portuguese Riviera then here in the seaside paradise city of Cascais; just west of Lisbon you are bound to find the beauty and magic of this enchanting coastal city. Cascais has a rich history that dates back centuries as a royal retreat of Europe’s monarchs in the 19th century; most notably King Edward VIII and King Carlos I of Spain, making this the location of their summer retreats. It is no wonder this city has been attracting people from all over the world that choose to visit this special spot on the Atlantic. It is here it a city with awe inspiring beaches, amazing architecture and outstanding year round sunny weather easily makes this one of Portugal’s most beautiful cities. Located between the Sintra mountains and the Atlantic ocean this is a city that has so much to offer all varieties of tourists. Here you can experience authentic Portuguese cuisine at some of the best restaurants which many are small and intimate with family still cooking up recipes passed down to them for generations; using only the best regional ingredients and spices. Portugal is a country that prides itself on its abundance of products its produces and its outstanding agriculture sector which grows everything from tea and coffee to passion fruits and corn. You will notice that the residents are very proud of their history and culture and although many understand German and English it is always good to try and speak the language and not be ignorant about people’s culture. If you are someone who enjoys cobblestone streets, traditional fado music and sunny days then Cascais is the place you need to visit.A family friendly country; Portugal is a safe place to visit and there are many hotels and resorts that offer onsite babysitting services and a plethora of activities both indoor and outdoor for your kids to experience Portugal while under the supervision of trained bilingual childcare staff. The beaches have a variety of activities as well and it is recommended to bring your beach bag with towels and sunscreen as the sun can be hot in the summer months. There are always beach umbrellas available for rent on the various beaches in Cascais as well as lounge chairs etc if you are not staying at one of the oceanfront properties that offer those only to hotel guests. One of the best things about being a country that is surrounded by the Atlantic coastline is that wide variety of ocean activities that take place in this eco-friendly country. Here in the magical city of Cascais surfing and boating activities are bucket list items you must do when visiting this clean and safe city. A small marina with various boats from all over the world exists in the cities harbor and this is a great spot to come and get a bite to eat at one of the quaint restaurants overlooking this vibrant harbor. You can arrange to go on a deep sea fishing excursion or whale watching tour from here where the bilingual friendly guides will take you out just a short distance into the ocean where you can see the vibrant ocean life that exists here safe from the comfort of your boat.