Pestana Cidadela de Cascais is the first hotel in Europe that hosts and promotes an Art District within its premises. Come visit this historical and unique in the world space, that offers you a trip in the artistic and urban Portuguese world without losing one inch of charm and status that characterizes one of the most picturesque European villages.
This luxury hotel in Cascais, located in the Citadel Fortress that defended the entrance of the Tejo River, it is a unique project in Portugal and Europe. Its amazing location, overlooking the Cascais bay, sheltered from the wind by the imposing defensive walls and protected from prying eyes by its superior position, is irresistible. The truth is, two steps from the marina and the cultural center of Cascais and at a 5 minutes walk from the town center, there is plenty to do outside the walls;
Here, the past finds the most innovative and original design, as well as the most amazing artistical installations and interventions. In the old parade ground, paved with Portuguese cobblestone geometrically laid out, you find olive trees in giant pots. You may now begin to realize how the integration of times and the mixing of narratives will be part of the history of your holidays. After all, while to your right you will find art galleries and studios you can visit; to your left is the House of the Presidency, which reflects on the days when the Citadel was the safest and protected holiday destination in Portugal.
The stunning beauty of the sea of Cascais, the deep blue that punctuates the view of the walls and the brightness of the sun that gives life to the most dormant stone of the terrace, will make you want to take advantage of the shadows, rest in the nooks and seek the serenity of the yards protected by the sun.
The minimalist style that characterizes the exterior spaces replicates in the rooms that give you all the light and experience of space, punctuated with unforgettable works of art. Incidentally, the Author Rooms are a unique experience that gives a whole other dimension to your stay.
Much more than a hotel, it is a real Art District where you can find a Project Room and 6 workshops or studios, which house resident artists and completely distinct and original projects and works. In addition, it integrates two completely different museums: the World Press Cartoon and the Museum of the Presidency. Formality side by side with irreverence, in a very inspiring and absolutely memorable symbiosis.
At the top of the wall, next to the sophisticated and elegant restaurant Maris Stella, you'll find the fabulous indoor pool, which doors and ceiling open themselves to an even more symbiotic experience with the space. And if you go through the beautiful Caminho de Ronda, you will find the Paiol Garden and the Art Pool, the outdoor pool with its original installation, with its lawn deck and its inviting sun beds. Under the scorching sun in the Solarium or in the shadow of history, your days will feel the appeal of calm and serenity of the deep blue, prolonging the memory of an unforgettable holiday far beyond your stay.
And since you are looking for serenity, be sure to visit the Magic Spa, which has its tranquil massage and treatment rooms here, and where you can choose to order a light andfresh sea lunch to extend the feeling of lightness which follows any of you incursions into this space.
Eat a snack at the Taberna da Praça or a modern authorial dish at the Maris Stella. Visit the DejáLu, the first solidarity bookstore in the country; or visit one of the workshops of the residentartists.
Pestana Citadela de Cascais - Pousada & Art District, beyond innovative and original, has an Art Concierge, whose main function is to bridge the gap between guests and artists. If you want to acquire some of the art work you should speak with the Art Concierge; and if you want to visit the workshops or even take a guided tour of the art works of the Cidadela, she will be your contact. A unique opportunity to delve more deeply in this artistic and unique space.
But do not think that the appeal of the Cascais Citadel is recent: after all, there must be a reason for this space to have been elected as the royal holiday destination since the time of the reign of Don Luis. Highlighted by the best international specialist publications, this luxury hotel & Art District reinvents and surprises with its cultural and artistic posture, in an area where it would be simple to just enjoy the glory of the past.
When you enter the hotel, you're received by the 600 swallows made by the irreverent Rafael Bordallo Pinheiro, who simultaneously announce the importance of Portuguese culture in this space and the arrival of the heat and the happy days - an excellent omen for your holiday. It's hard to concentrate on the check-in before the power and symbolism of this element that takes up walls, halls and ceilings, but the friendliness and helpfulness of the recipient helps you direct your expectations towards the room that awaits you.
Among the works of art belonging to the private collection of the hotel, facilities of the resident artists and world famous design pieces, there are many moments in which art anddesign do come to you spontaneously and informally. When you stroll down the corridors, you may find a Bruno Pereira installation, the Hot L, evoking the libido and the fantasies commonly associated to these spaces; or you may come across a replica of the famous Bocca Sofa, originally designed by Salvador Dali, the great surrealist master, inspired by the lips of the stunning Mae West. This piece, an authentic icon of modern design, invites you to spend a voluptuous hour reading the newspaper or starring high score in your Instagram feed. Go through the incredible hallway of the waves, discover the amazing La Chaise by Charles and Ray Eames, which also marked the history of twentieth century design.