Exploring Cascais Portugal – Boca do Inferno

by Melissa "Work those glutes" Boyd

Hey everyone! In this episode of Tourabunga, we’re heading to the Boca do Inferno, a beautiful natural wonder in Cascais, Portugal. The waves crashing against the rocks below are truly awe-inspiring and worth the walk from the town center. However, on the summer day we visited – they were pretty mellow. Wintertime is the best time to go to see the waves.

Boca do Inferno has a bit of a mysterious past as well. In 1930, famous magician, astrologer, and mystic Aleister Crowley faked his death at Boca do Inferno as part of a stunt. He secretly left Portugal and reappeared three weeks later at an exhibition of his work in Berlin. The incident was reported in newspapers at the time and helped promote Crowley’s work. 

Today, there’s a small white plaque mounted on the rock commemorating the event and telling the story of the pseudocide, including the text of Crowley’s supposed suicide note, which reads “Não Posso Viver Sem Ti. A outra ‘Boca De Infierno’ apanhar-me-á não será tão quente como a tua” or “Can’t live without you. The other mouth of hell that will catch me won’t be as hot as yours.” It would be a touching sentiment if it were true.

After exploring more of Cascais, we wrap up the day with a delicious lunch at a cozy Indian restaurant in the heart of the town. And, as a special treat, our daughter Samantha is back in town for a visit. Will she be sticking around or is this just a brief stopover? You’ll have to stay tuned to find out.

Thanks for joining us on this adventure through Cascais. Don’t forget to leave us some love in the comments, and let us know where you’d like us to go next. Beijinhos 😘

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Hi! We’re Melissa, Michael, and Samantha. We’re a nomadic family from the United States, currently living and building our new lives in Lisbon, Portugal. Follow us on our adventures as we explore this beautiful city and all it has to offer.