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CIDADELA DE CASCAIS

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At the time of the Portuguese discoveries, a late medieval fortification was built (early 15th century) to defend the coast and the port of Lisbon, blocking the access to the Tagus River to the frequent attacks of English, French and Moorish pirates. Completed between 1488 and 1505, during the reigns of Dom João II and Dom Manuel I, the bastion added the Santo António tower to the Lisbon protection system made up of the fortified towers of São Vicente de Belém and São Sebastião de Caparica. Enlarged, the citadel became Fortaleza de Nossa Senhora da Luz, at the end of the 16th century, and then served as a summer residence for royalty, from 1871, before falling under the authority of the Exército português, the Portuguese army. Recovered by the luxury hotel group Pestana, the cidadela becomes pousada, thanks to the project of architects Gonçalo Byrne and David Sinclair. Inaugurated in April 2012 by the President of the Republic, in person, the military fort is now home to a modern, upscale hotel with a Baluarte (bastion) garden and a Cisterna (tank room) with unique architecture and atmosphere. Indoor and outdoor swimming pool, bar overlooking the marina of Cascais, restaurant of petiscos on a concept of tertúlias of the 19th century. Temporary exhibitions are also organized regularly and, with the Cidadela Art District program, some artists are in residence there, such as the famous Add Fuel (Diogo Machado) or Joana Arez.

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Palace open from 11am to 1pm and from 2pm to 6pm. Ticket to enter the palace 4 € (closed on Monday).

Members' reviews on CIDADELA DE CASCAIS

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fute_917981
4/5
Visited in april 2019
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La citadelle est très belle de l'extérieur comme de l'intérieur. Elle vaut la peine d'être visitée. Belle vue
phbn
4/5
Visited in may 2018
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Citadelle transformée en PARADOR. La cour intérieure vaut la peine d'être vue gratuitement.
Si possible, visitez le musée avec un guide. L'histoire de la citadelle vaut la peine ainsi que les quelques pièces que l'on peut visiter. On y parle même de la guerre de l'Yser!
mc974
4/5
Visited in may 2016
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Un très bel endroit en bord de mer. Les bâtiments ont été superbement restaurés ce qui en fait un lieu paisible pour se reposer après une journée de visite.
DEKA
4/5
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Le restaurant de petiscos propose aussi un menu bien composé et au bon rapport qualité-prix quoique un peu plus cher que dans la plupart des restaurants traditionnels de Cascais.

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