In Cascais

Fantastic City Park in Cascais

Marechal Carmona Park Cascais

Regular readers will know that I stand firmly in the camp of those who argue that with spontaneity comes the best experiences, and this Saturday was proof of that yet again.

I love the ‘old’ resort town of Cascais, with its legendary bay, the beach and charming pedestrianised streets, but having grown up in Lisbon, I don’t actually know it all that well and always seem to end up visiting the same places over and over again.

Earlier this week, both Charlie and I were in Cascais with a few hours to kill on a stormy, yet warmish day, looking for something fun to do. I thought I’d just take him down to the bay for a little play in the sand, when I noticed a family with some micro scooters entering a park. I thought we’d follow, just out of curiosity. Little did I know that we had just found Cascais’ famous city park – Parque Marechal Carmona (also known as Gandarinha Park).

As we discovered, this isn’t just a little park with a playground, but an immense green area which marries up the gardens of the Condes de Castro Guimaraes palace and the Visconde de Gandarinha gardens, resulting in vast green lawns, beautifully cared-for flower beds, a large playground, duck ponds and a wooded area with dedicated walking path with traces of romantic architecture.

Marechal Carmona Park Cascais

Marechal Carmona Park Cascais

Marechal Carmona Park Cascais

Marechal Carmona Park Cascais

Marechal Carmona Park Cascais

Marechal Carmona Park Cascais

Cholly and I spent hours exploring the park, with absolutely no rest in between the playground, the maze-like woodland area and running like a dog on the lawns.


Marechal Carmona Park Cascais

Marechal Carmona Park Cascais

There is a large parking area (free, I think/hope, because I didn’t pay!), and a decent café with some outside tables serving the usual pastries and toasties, which I confess didn’t look great, so we didn’t try.

We were lucky to have visited on a saturday morning, which meant there was also a charming organic market, with a good variety of local produce, biscuits, bread and olive oil. We ended up taking a gorgeous corn bread loaf and some organic olive oil home, which was perfect for our cosy Sunday night soup & tapas night.

Mercado Organico Biologico Marechal Carmona Park Cascais

Conveniently located just next to the Cascais fort, and within walking distance of the pedestrianised streets and bay area of Cascais, the house of Paula Rego and the junior library, the Parque Marechal Carmona is a morning well spent in this quaint and elegant town.

If you’re including a visit to Cascais (and you should), then I can’t recommend this park enough.


Are you local or do you know Cascais well? What else are we missing out on?



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On site. We parked for free just outside the park, although if full there is also underground parking just by the fort.

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  • Coombe Mill (Fiona)

    Oh my what a discovery! I am in your camp too, it is for this reason I always carry a camera. You never know when the best adventures will come from. I love the maze of paths, it looks rather tropical with all the plants around. How clever to follow those scooters and what a treasure trove of lovely things to discover once in the park. thank you for sharing your find on country Kids. I only wish I were close enough to visit myself.

    • one tiny leap

      It was! We were so free with time just thought, why not, lets have a look and see where this family is going! It ended up being such a great day 🙂

  • Elaine Livingstone

    love the look of this place, lots of different things to do and see, and a great idea having a market in the park, nice fresh foods brought to you. Look at the angle of the tree in the picture with the statue in. Do those blue discs move as they walk across them? Laughed at him with his arms round the stone person, and love the colours in the chickens feathers

    • one tiny leap

      The blue discs move about as you jump between them, which as you can imagine was incredibly fun for both my 3 year old, and myself! I’ve seen a couple of other organic markets taking place in parks in Lisbon – it’s a great idea, isn’t it?

  • Richy Feet

    Beautiful photos! I did go to Cascais once, but don’t think I made it here. I agree wholeheartedly with you about the beauty of spontaneity!

    • one tiny leap

      Thanks for reading 🙂 I’d been to cascais a million times and had never visited this place!

  • Alexandra Silva

    Good morning , that they are beautiful photographs , this is the park where me and my family we often , it’s beautiful ! In times past there was a small house that was called ” Space Fun” where there are many educational games and games available to parents and children, it was worth it just to have it , is missing in the park . We live close to Cascais , a village next to the beach of Guincho , this area is full of beautiful places to visit , I am preparing a publication on the invitation of a really cute blog about it even when shipping is published the link to view . Thanks for sharing your always so full of taste . Alexandra hug .

    • one tiny leap

      Muito obrigada Alexandra pelas dicas e palavras tao simpácticas 🙂 <3

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