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Pousada de Cascais

Pestana Cidadela Cascais - Pousada & Art District

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  • Number of rooms: 126
  • Air conditioning
  • Free internet access
  • 24-hour reception
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Shop
  • Outdoor pool (seasonal)
  • Indoor Pool
  • Spa (cost)
  • Gym
  • Airport (30km)

Pousada de Cascais - 5-star hotel in historical citadel fortress

The Pousada

Spring 2012 saw the birth of this new 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 5-star 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. 

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.

The Pousada has an agreement with a neighbouring car park (can be found near the entrance to the Pousada complex).

On the left side of the Hotel is the Marina Park, located approximately 3 minutes walking distance, which costs around 1€ / hour and around 30 € / day, paid directly there.
Pousada guests can collect tickets at the hotel reception with (limited stock, based on first come, first served basis) and due to an agreement with another car park it costs 7€ / day, paid directly with us at the check-out time.
At check-in and check-out you can enter the Pousada grounds in your car (for a limited period) to speak to the Pousada staff for information about the parking options.

Parking prices correct as of 28/03/19.


Local area

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 dependant 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.


Secure parking is available alongside in the Marina Garage (currently 20€ p/24 hours) or directly outside the main entrance. Special rates have been agreed for guests - please enquire in reception upon arrival.

Visitor Comments

Gary D. Epsom
Absolutely stunning - they have blended majestic old architecture with contemporary design in a very clever way
Andrea, London
This Pousada was lovely! The bedrooms were spacious and the beds were very comfortable, our room was located next to the indoor pool and, having gone for a swim first thing in the morning, I had the pool to myself so I recommend going along early. The courtyard at the entrance makes the Pousada feel very private and features interesting art installations. Inside the Pousada, with its modern décor, it's easy to forget you are in a historic building, but sitting on the bar’s terrace you overlook the fortress walls and arrowslits, and I particularly enjoyed the view of the pretty lighthouse. I was pleasantly surprised at how close to the hotel is to Cascais' town centre, only a 5-7 minute walk along the seafront and the town itself is filled with lovely cafes and shops, and beautiful sandy beaches, we ejoyed watching the local volleyball matches.

Nearby Hotels

Near to: Pestana Cascais, Pestana Sintra, Pestana Palace.
Palmela 54km
Setubal 60km
Alcacer do Sal 102km
Lisbon Airport: 30km

Region & Cuisine



Bordered by the Alentejo to the south and east, the Central region to the north and by the Atlantic ocean to the west, this region includes some of Portugal’s most famous old towns and cities including, of course, Lisbon itself, the country’s capital. The imposing River Tagus (Tejo in Portuguese, Tajo in Spanish) has its source in Spain and enters Portugal in the north-western corner of the region before flowing south-east to reach the Atlantic in Lisbon.

The region is heavily influenced by the Tagus, both in terms of the surrounding lush, fertile countryside on either side of its banks and the many towns (including Abrantes, Costância and Santarém) and villages through which it travels which all maintain deeply-rooted cultural traditions. The main influence in the west of the region is the Atlantic, with the landscape of the coast – the ‘Costa de Prata’, or Silver Coast, changing from high sweeping cliffs to long beaches and little coves of white sand. And throughout the interior of this region many ancient monasteries, convents and castles all bear witness to Portugal’s rich cultural and historical traditions. The climate of the region is mild, with springtime temperatures in winter and warm summers, sometimes tempered by fresh breezes blowing in from the Atlantic.

Lisbon is a delightful city. Portugal’s capital since 1255 following the conquest of the Moors a century earlier, Lisbon can certainly be described as a monumental city with over 20 centuries of history. One of Lisbon’s oldest quarters is the Alfama, which fortunately survived the devastating earthquake in 1755, and its narrow medieval streets with their typical tile-covered building façades can easily be explored on foot.  The finest views of the city and across and beyond the far side of the river are from the magnificent St George’s Castle, set on a hilltop above the Alfama and its adjoining medieval quarter of Mouraria. Portugal of course has a splendid maritime history – one of its great heroes is Henry the Navigator – and there is an almost tangible maritime feel to Lisbon, exemplified by the emblematic Belém Tower situated on the side of the river to protect the entrance to the city.

Not far out of Lisbon is the charming town of Sintra, a World Heritage site, with its outstanding Pena Palace, a former royal residence built on the ruins of a 16th century monastery – not to be missed. And on the coast, just a few miles south of Sintra, are the fashionable resorts of Estoril with its fine sandy beaches, golf course and famous Casino (Europe’s largest), and neighbouring Cascais, once a pretty fishing village and royal resort and now a favourite spot for the ‘jet set’.

Other towns in the region, north of Lisbon and very much worthy of mention, are the impressively authentic medieval town of Óbidos whose castle is now the Pousada, and Fátima, one of the great pilgrimage shrines of the world since the famous apparitions of the Virgin Mary in 1917, whose delightful Pousada in nearby Ourém comprises a cluster of renovated medieval houses.

The principal elements of the cuisine of this region are fish and seafood, with the quality and freshness of everything offered that comes out of the sea quite simply unbeatable, while Lisbon’s many restaurants offer a wide choice of regional specialities from all over Portugal. This region produces very good cheeses made from both goat and sheep milk and, this being Portugal, a huge variety of delicious cakes and pastries with practically every town having its own particular speciality. Several local wines are produced, including an excellent moscatel from Setúbal.

Further information on Cascais:

 Cascais is a village well known for its history and fishing. The 14th Century was a very good time for this village as it went through a phase of being developed into an important port serving boats to and from Lisbon. With no major noticeable changes until the mid-19th century, activities such as bathing proved to be more favoured as the years passed, and Cascais gained popularity as a seaside resort. Dom Luis, King of Portugal, was very aware of this and transformed what was once known as the Fortaleza da Cidadela into a new summer residence for the Portuguese Monarchy in the 1870’s. Cascais soon changed into a new resort full of colourful villas and palaces of the highest quality as the nobility followed the King’s idea of building summer residences all over the village. In 1889, a railway line opened up between Cascais, Liston and Estoril and Cascais was firmly on the map.

Coming forward in time, Cascais is now known as a friendly town with a wide variety of shops, restaurants and cafes to meet your needs. Like all summer resorts situated along the coastline, Cascais attracts visitors for the beaches that are around this town, but visitors may also want to visit other beaches such as Guincho with its quiet picturesque views, part of the National Park. Guincho is also a very good beach for those that have an interest in windsurfing and surfing as the sea here is almost perfect for these types of activities.

The Boca do Inferno, nearby, is a natural attraction that captures the attention of visitors for its almost vertical rocks and caves, hence the name “Jaws of Hell” as it is a piece of rugged landscape that could suggest this image.

There are markets and restaurants throughout Cascais that remind you that this is a popular fishing village. Markets often have plenty of stalls with freshly-caught fish, and restaurants in the area offer the freshest fish making this a major attraction. The vibrant fish market is open every day of the week accept Sunday from 17.00 (5.00pm) onwards, a fascinating insight into the way of life here and worth a visit.

There is also the perfect opportunity to indulge - if you are interested in – a spot of gambling as there is a famous casino in the neighbouring town of Estoril located on average of a 15 minutes’ drive away from Cascais. The casino is close to the railway station should you not want to drive from Cascais to Estoril. These trains are also a good option if you would like to visit Lisbon, which is only around 35 to 45 minutes’ ride away.




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Additional information:

Pousadas of Portugal:

Children: Generally the cost of an extra bed for a child under 13 years is free (when sharing a twin/double room with 2 parents). 

Half-board: Most Pousadas offer a varied 3-course 'Table d'Hote' menu from £28 per person excluding drinks, and from £37 for their Pousadas in Cascais, Porto and Lisbon. 
An extensive 'a la carte' selection is available at all Pousadas, these menus change seasonally.

Pestana Hotels and Resorts:

Children: Prices for extra beds for one or more children will be displayed at best rate available for each room type with capacity for additional beds.

Half-board: Most Pestana hotels offer 'a la carte' and buffet dining options.


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