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Cascais Fortress (Cidadela Cascais) is a major historic landmark. Spend an hour or so exploring its opulent palace rooms, ornate chapel and small art and history museum.
The original 15th-century Cascais Fortress was converted to a summer palace for King Luis I and his family in the 19th century. This gave Cascais a much-needed image boost and the formerly sleepy fishing town soon transformed into a popular seaside resort. Most recently, part of the fort has been refurbished to house a contemporary luxury hotel with indoor pools and marina views.
Fortunately for those who can’t afford to stay there, the other sections of this fascinating fortress are still open to the public. Before you step inside, take in the formidable presence of the fortress. Note how the defense tower at the forefront of the building provides commanding views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Enter the fortress to visit its public viewing areas. Start with the Chapel of Our Lady of Victory, a small but very ornate on-site place of worship. Marvel at the gold cladding and level of detail in the ceiling and admire the religious ornaments and images.
Stroll to the on-site Cascais Citadel Palace to view its period rooms spread out over three floors. After Portugal became a republic in 1910, the former royal buildings were still in use but slowly fell into disrepair. An extensive renovation project that lasted 7 years was completed in 2011. Color and detail now bring the opulent rooms to life once again. First admire the reception areas and then head upstairs to see the very comfortable living quarters and private bedrooms. Note the stylishly plastered ceilings, resembling artworks with their beautiful colors and patterns.
In the citadel museum next to the palace you can browse temporary and permanent art exhibits and learn about the interwoven history of Cascais and its fortress.
Cascais Fortress overlooks the Cascais Marina and is just a short walk from the train station. There is a car park located near the entrance. There is a fee to enter the fortress, which is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Situated near the beach, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Tamariz Beach and Cascais Beach. Duquesa Beach and Estoril Conference Centre are also within 15 minutes.
This family-friendly Cascais aparthotel is located on the boardwalk, within a 15-minute walk of Tamariz Beach and CascaisVilla Shopping Centre. Estoril Casino and Cascais Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated near the boardwalk, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum and Cascais Beach. Marechal Carmona Park and Condes de Castro Guimaraes Museum are also within 10 minutes. Cascais Station is 18 minutes by foot.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Cascais hotel is in the city centre and within a 5-minute walk of Praia da Conceicao and Cascais Beach. Rainha Beach and CascaisVilla Shopping Centre are also within 5 minutes.
Located in the heart of Cascais, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum and Cascais Beach. Condes de Castro Guimaraes Museum and Cascais Marina are also within 5 minutes.
Situated near the beach, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Church of the Assumption (Igreja da Assuncao) and Cascais Beach. Rainha Beach and Praia da Conceicao are also within 10 minutes.
This family-friendly Cascais resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Oitavos Fort, Cascais Beach and Guincho Beach. Cascais Municipal Market and CascaisVilla Shopping Centre are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Located in the heart of Cascais, this beach guesthouse is steps from Rainha Beach and Cascais Beach. Praia da Conceicao and Church of the Assumption (Igreja da Assuncao) are also within 5 minutes.