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Sightseeing – cascais

 

Boca do Inferno

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Boca do Inferno (or Hell’s Mouth) is a popular landmark that can be reached by a 20 min walk from the historic centre.

Just follow the Avenue Rei Humberto II de Itália past Cascais Marina and continue along the coastline. This road also has a beautiful cycling path that leads to Guincho beach.

There is no entrance fee to visit the Boca do Inferno, and the site is open all the time. There are pathways allowing tourists to climb down the cliff face and view the unique formation of the rocks eaten away by the ocean from both sides.

Santa Marta Lighthouse

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Originally part of the Santa Marta Fort complex and now a museum.

The Santa Marta Lighthouse museum exhibits the building’s history and technological advancements over the years, as well as the daily life and routine of the former lighthouse keepers.

The museum’s shop has a range of publications, documents and other objects on themes relating to lighthouses, marine life, architecture and Cascais in general

Visitors can also enjoy the cafeteria refreshments on the terrace.

Paula Rego House of Stories

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Built by Portuguese architect Souto de Moura, the “House of Stories ” located in Cascais’ museum quarter, displays a collection of the London-based painter Paula Rego (currently the best-known Portuguese plastic artist of her generation) and also some works by her husband Victor Willing, the building contains also an auditorium, bookshop and bistrot with garden terrace.

Cidadela

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Set on over the Atlantic, the Cidadela of Cascais is set of a unique  fortifications built between the 15th and 17th centuries defending the Cascais coastline and to protect against attacks on the capital of Portugal, Lisbon.

The citadel incorporates three separate developments, the tower of Santo António de Cascais, the Fortress of Our Lady of Light (Nossa Senhora da Luz de Cascais), and the former Royal Palace area.

Marina de Cascais

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Nearby to Cidadela, just a five-minute walk from the historical centre, is the Marina of Cascais.

The Marina is a nice spot to stop and take pictures and watch the boats.

There are plenty of shops and bars around and several good quality  restaurants as well as parking and marine services.

Condes de Castro Guimaraes Museum

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Located in the beautiful Marechal Carmona Park,  the Counts of Castro Guimarães museum was built in the early 20 th century and is one of Cascais oldest museums, a  remarkable piece of romantic architecture with neo gothic and neo renaissance influences.

The beautiful palace was used by the counts only during a short time, lucky for us when passing away they left the palace and the magnificent garden to the Cascais municipality (now hosting a museum & library) so it can be admired and enjoyed by everyone!

Marechal Carmona park

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The Marechal Carmona park is a beautiful and well maintained park with nice playground, duck ponds, roosters, hens and peacocks roaming around, lots of open space and perfect for a picnic!

Easy access as the park is within walking distance from the historical centre and the marina, make sure to check it out!

Condes da Guarda Palace (Museu da Vila)

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The Condes da Guarda Palace was built in the 17th century and despite being one of the oldest buildings in Cascais it survived the 1755 earthquake.

The building has undergone several transformations over the years and nowadays houses the headquarters of the Municipality of Cascais and, on the ground floor, as a museum (Museu da Vila) that explains the history of the town.

The Museum also displays some innovative multimedia solutions that allow visitors to navigate the history of Cascais.

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