This used to be a place that I would come most mornings to clear my mind ahead of the day. So it was nice coming back to it after more than a year and being softly reminded of the comfort of a past routine.
The Cresmina Dune extends over 66 hectares and is a part of the Guincho-Oitavos dune system, located on the edge of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park near Cascais in Portugal. This dune system is considered fairly unique because, as a result of the prevailing northwest winds, the sand from the Guincho and Cresmina beaches eventually returns to the sea 5km further to the south near Guia, after migrating over the flat, rocky and largely uninhabited area of Cabo Raso.
Sand dunes are the perfect symbol of life itself. The impermanence of it, the impermanence of moments and things.
As a metaphor for the passing of the time, sand can also refer to something that exists briefly, alluding to words written in sand where they will be erased by the tide, by the wind etc.
If you are ever visiting Lisbon, a trip to Cascais where these sand dunes are located is well worth it.
For more info on special locations to visit in the Lisbon area (like this one) check out my Lisbon Travel Guide.