Pousadas are an exclusive selection of Hotels to be found around the whole of Portugal and are all buildings of historic significance being Palaces, Villas and historic buildings of distinction that have been converted to exclusive individualistic hotels and apartments.Most of the buildings are owned by the state, and the management and exclusive service is delivered by the well renowned “Pestana Group”. These properties are a must for customers wanting to experience a unique, exclusive and authentic flavor of Portugal.The Pousada de Cascaias is 16th century castle with an amazing sea front loacation looking out over the Atlantic, and has now been turned into a wonderfull 5 star luxury hotel by the Pestana group and opened in March 2012. Please read bellow for full details and the history of the amazing property.
Pousada De Cascais is of a bygone era, the emblematic 16th century Citadel of Cascais reinvents itself to house a brand new Historic Design Pousada. This luxury hotel, Pousada de Cascais, is set within the walls of the historical fortress in the centre of Cascais. It is a place where ancient meets modern, and many of the rooms are dramatically set into the former barracks which makes each space a different experience, while others, more modern, enjoy spectacular views to the sea or over the huge internal patio spaces.The Pousada de Cascais, Fortaleza da Cidadela, is a world in itself with restaurants, bars, arts shops, and indoor pool, wellness center, business centre and ample meeting and conference facilities. It goes without saying that all the rooms have air conditioning, multi channel lcd televisions, wi-fi , safes, bathrobes and many other comforts.The world without is close by with the centre of Cascais, the beaches, parks and museums all close at hand. Not so far away is the Casino at Estoril, the surfer's paradise at Guincho, and of course Portugal's capital city, Lisbon.The striking new Pousada is the creation of architects Gonçalo Byrne and David Sinclair while strictly committed to the goal to preserve and respect environmental sustainability, the heritage value of the site and the natural beauty of its surroundings.The Citadel of Cascais 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 centuries to defend the coast and the entry to the Tejo River estuary.In 1488, King D. João II, commanded the construction of the fortified tower at the Salmondo Point due to the frequent incursions of British, French and Moorish pirates and the need to secure the defence of Lisbon.The Fort of Our Lady of Light with its triangular layout attests to the innovative ideas of the Italian military architects at the time, unprecedented in Portugal. Located in the Citadel Square, the Cistern with its arched ceiling and majestic presence, provides a unique and inspiring space for business meetings and events.From 1871 until the fall of the monarchy, the Citadel served as residence for the royal family. King D. Luis I died here. It was in Cascais that the royal family first acquired the habit of going to the beach. From henceforth, the nobles and prominent families built their palaces and stately mansions here, rapidly turning Cascais into a world famous resort, a true cosmopolitan area.After the proclamation of the Republic, the palace became dependent on the Presidency of the Republic and later became the official residence of President Oscar Carmona who lived here during most of his term in office.
The rooms are equipped with:Air conditioningCable and Satellite TvDirect dial telephoneSafety deposit boxFlat screen TvHairdryerMini-bar
* Customer Lifts
* Fitness room / Gym
* Indoor pool
* Outdoor pool
* Reception - 24 hrs