Pousada de Cascais - Historical Citadel fortress
Spring 2012 saw the birth of this Pousada in the iconic citadel of Cascais. Based upon the restoration of the ancient Fortress, this project continues the concept of the new generation of Pousadas (Viseu, Estói and Oporto), properties in unique locations and impressive, larger architectural projects. The Pousada has been developed by the architects Gonçalo Byrne and David Sinclair and has followed strict criteria in terms of environmental sustainability and is in keeping with its surroundings.
This luxurious Pousada is a great example of ancient meeting modern. It offers wonderful sea views and is situated near to the centre of Cascais and only a short distance from Lisbon, making it an ideal base for exploring the city and the surrounding area.
The Pousada has 2 dining spaces, each offering different and unique experience. The Maris Stella pool lounge offers all-day dining and enjoys views of the marina and the indoor pool. The Taberna da Praça is situated on the opposite side of the courtyard to the Pousadas main building and offers snacks throughout the day and casual dining, this space blends food and literature and you will see references to famous Portuguese authors and poets throughout your meal.
In March 2014 the Pousada de Cascais opened its Cidadela Art District, an innovative project comprising of six art galleries, site specific interventions, author rooms, and Open Studios where guests can observe artists during their creative processes.
Offering free entry, the project aims to bring artistic flavour to the Pousada, promote the cultural aspirations of the area, and use unique spaces such as the ancient fortress walls, guests are invited to peruse the various artworks on offer which will be created by residing and guest artists.
An Art Concierge is available for tours and the art spaces will feature various exhibitions, events, and concerts throughout the year.
Given the fascinating artistic and historical atmosphere, this Pousada is undoubtedly a wonderful place to unwind and relax and take in the rich culture Cascais has to offer. You can relax by the Pousada's inviting indoor pool and spa area, or by the outdoor swimming pool in summer months.
The Cidadela and the Fortress of Nossa Senhora da Luz (Our Lady of Light), located within the citadel, are part of the military forts built between the 15th and the 17th century for defending the coast and the entry into river Tagus. In 1488, D. João II, King of Portugal, ordered the construction of the fortified tower in the small cape of Salmondo, to protect Lisbon from the English, French and Arabian pirates. The Fort of Nossa Senhora da Luz, was created by Italian military architects, and has a unique triangular design, with arched ceilings and majestic appearance in the central square.
The Cidadela was used as the residence for the royal family from 1871. The Portuguese King Luís I died there. It was in Cascais that the Portuguese royal family first acquired the habit of going to the beach. From then on, several important families settled there, building their own palaces, which turned the area into a cosmopolitan community.
After the proclamation of the Republic, the Palace became dependent on the Presidency of the Republic, and was used mainly by Óscar Carmona, the President of Portugal, who lived there almost throughout his entire presidency.