Paço do Arcos

This is a small, seaside village on the coastline train that runs between Cais do Sodré and Cascais. The name translates as Palace of the Arches. What was the Palace is now a beautifully located hotel that overlooks the river Tagus/sea.

The municipality cares for the well designed public garden which is worth spending time in. You’ll find there an interesting variety of flowers, trees, shrubs and sculptures. And when you’ve explored it, there’s an on-site cafe.

The small, historic centre is also worth wandering through. You’ll come across the remains of a lime kiln, Forno da Cal, that originally had five ovens built from stone. It dates back to 1582.

The village has a reputation for good food and has a number of interesting looking restaurants. There’s also a food festival in June/July that boasts traditional, international and street food.