THE VILLAGE OF MURCHES
Murches is about 5 km. north of Cascais on the road to Malveira da Serra.
Sheltered by the Sintra Hills, it is a village which has escaped the development of high-rise apartments.
The houses are mostly detached with gardens and there are many older dwellings surrounded by whitewashed walls. Village life centres around the 2 cafés and small grocery store. The public wash tanks are still used by the locals and the fish van hoots his horn once a week to let us know he has arrived.
On a Saturday morning you might hear the distinctive whistle of the knife grinder as he cycles around offering to sharpen knives and fix umbrellas. The road from the centre of the village up to our property peters out after a while and becomes a dirt track leading down into the valley – a real country walk!