Connected to the bustling European mainstay Spain is Portugal, a country that prides itself on having "a quieter, more civilized pace of life than... Spain." Cascais, which is 15 miles west of the capital city Lisbon, is a high-class resort town that has seen prices drop within the past year – a nice home in the town now goes for $250,000 and up. The town is peaceful, with golf and outdoor activities available all year round. It also has a wide variety of museums, castles and music festivals and even has activities made for English-speakers. The area is easily accessible by train and taxi.
Watch a slide show of Cascais to your left.