Now that it’s freezing cold where I live, I’m thinking fondly of our vacation this past summer in Portugal. I’ve shared with you how much I love the city of Lisbon, Sintra Palace, and the castle of the first king of Portugal, but the thing we do absolutely the most in Portugal besides eating mil folhas, is to go to the beautiful beaches of the Costa da Caparica. Seriously—like all the time. We love being there. The entire coast is full of great beaches with names like Princess Beach, Queen Beach, King Beach, Mermaid Beach, Hut of the Fisherman, and many more. These pictures are all from my phone (not all on the same day) because I don’t usually take the camera.
First we set up
I bought this tent because it fits in my suitcase, and I always take it with me to Portugal. Below you can see my husband and daughter inside. It can fit three big towels and four people comfortably. If we sit inside to play a game we can fit eight! I use it in America when we go places too.
We also bring a couple of umbrellas. My mother-in-law, Maria, and my daughter Lisbon are very comfortable. This orange umbrella stays at my MIL’s apartment, and we only use it when we’re in town.
Time to build!
We love building in the sand, especially Lisbon.
Even teenagers sisters can’t resist
Liana gets into the act. My mother-in-law stores all our beach toys for us so we don’t have to take up luggage space.
Destroying our works of art is almost as fun.
Of course we also love playing in the water. Below, my two youngest enjoy the beach.
My husband and me
At first the water feels a little cold, but we’re brave. (No, my husband isn’t sunburned. It’s just the light.)
The ocean can be sneaky!
I like to build a little warm pool. No, kids, this isn’t the bathroom! Lisbon (on right) plays in my pool with two of her second cousins.
Paddle ball and soccer
We often play soccer or paddle ball at the beach. Below, my daughter Liana is on the left, playing paddle ball with Portuguese second cousins (the boys) and their mother.
Reading at the beach
My mother-in-law knows how to enjoy the beach. I sometimes read too, but I usually bring a notebook in case I have a great idea or need to finish a scene in my current novel.
Don’t forget the ice cream
Lisbon has a great imagination. Here she is enjoying ice cream in her mermaid cover up and pink rash guard. Don’t worry. We bring real food too. Normally sandwiches, fruit, and chocolate. Sometimes we even have pastries.
Lisbon created a beautiful garden.
A nice walk
We also always take a nice long walk. Here I am with my husband’s cousin, Zezinha. You can see it’s starting to get a little dark this day.
We often stay very late
We rarely go early to the beach. We like to go around three or four just as most people are heading home. Then we have the beach almost to ourselves. There is nothing like a walk on the beach as the sun sets.
This year our favorite beach was Mermaid Beach (Praia da Sereia), mostly because of the name, which my youngest daughter loved because of her new mermaid swimsuit and cover up. You can see official pictures of the Praia da Sereia here. If you go to Portugal, be sure to stop by this wonderful beach.