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Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum

Delve into the history of this panoramic blue-and-white landmark of Cascais by browsing its beautifully repurposed lighthouse keepers’ cottages.

As far as Portuguese lighthouses go, the Santa Marta Lighthouse (Farol Museu de Santa Marta) is special because it houses a lighthouse museum as well as a still working beacon. Come here to learn more about Portuguese seafaring history, lighthouse technology and local defence history.

During the 17th century a fortress was built on this spot to guard the coastline, but the Santa Marta Lighthouse itself dates back to the 19th century. The architecturally designed Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum opened to the public in July 2007. Two exhibit spaces in the former lighthouse keeper residences tell visitors about the inner workings of the lighthouse and the roles of the lighthouse keepers.

First head to the auditorium to see the film Lighthouses of Portugal. The very short documentary narrates the personal experiences of the lighthouse keepers.

Enter the first exhibit space to see the large Fresnel lenses and other optical equipment used through the years. Browse the collection of maritime paraphernalia, old seafaring maps and black-and-white photographs.

The second exhibit is about Santa Marta itself. Learn about the function and history of the original fort that stood here and follow in the footsteps of the lighthouse keepers who worked hard in all weather conditions to keep passing ships safe. Read fragments out of the diary of a lighthouse keeper who kept precise records of anything out of the ordinary. 

The Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum is closed on Mondays and public holidays. It is usually open all day except during 1 hour around lunchtime on weekends. While entry to the lighthouse is free, there is a small fee to browse its museum.

From Wednesday to Friday and every 4th Saturday of the month, you can climb the lighthouse tower during a few hours each morning. Get close to its red beacon room, which is operated digitally these days. Stand on the tower’s high balcony to catch a breeze on a warm day and enjoy the wonderful views out over the town and bay. 

To get to the Santa Marta Lighthouse, walk towards the Cascais marina. You can’t miss it, as this striking landmark on a rocky promontory has shining white outbuildings that reflect the sunlight.


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The Albatroz Hotel

Rua Frederico Arouca, 100, Cascais
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Offering direct access to the beach, this Cascais hotel is in the city centre and within a 5-minute walk of Rainha Beach and Cascais Beach. Boca do Inferno is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away. Cascais Station is only a 2-minute walk and Monte Estoril Station is 14 minutes.

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    Grande Real Villa Italia

    Grande Real Villa Italia

    Rua Frei Nicolau de Oliveira, 100, Cascais
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the boardwalk, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Boca do Inferno and Cascais Beach. Tamariz Beach and Guincho Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km). Cascais Station is 18 minutes by foot.

      Hotel Baia £81
      Hotel Baia

      Hotel Baia

      Passeio D. Luís I, Cascais
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Cascais, this beach hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Church of the Assumption (Igreja da Assuncao), Cascais Beach and Boca do Inferno. Rainha Beach and Cascais Fortress (Cidadela) are also within 10 minutes. Cascais Station is 6 minutes by foot and Monte Estoril Station is 20 minutes.

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        Farol Hotel

        Av. Rei Humberto II de Italia 7, Cascais
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Cascais, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum and Boca do Inferno. Cascais Beach is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away. Cascais Station is 16 minutes by foot and Monte Estoril Station is 30 minutes.

          Vila Gale Cascais £88
          Vila Gale Cascais

          Vila Gale Cascais

          Rua Frei Nicolau de Oliveira, 80, Parque da Gandarinha, Cascais
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Cascais aparthotel is located by the sea, within a 15-minute walk of Marechal Carmona Park, Cascais Beach and Boca do Inferno. Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum and Condes de Castro Guimaraes Museum are also within 10 minutes. Cascais Station is 18 minutes by foot.

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            Hotel Londres Estoril \ Cascais

            Hotel Londres Estoril \ Cascais

            Avenida Fausto Figueiredo, 279, Estoril, Cascais
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Cascais hotel is located near the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Estoril Casino and Estoril Conference Centre. Cascais Beach and Boca do Inferno are also within 3 miles (5 km). Monte Estoril Station is 8 minutes by foot and Estoril Station is 8 minutes.

              Pestana Cidadela Cascais - Pousada & Art District
              Pestana Cidadela Cascais - Pousada & Art District

              Pestana Cidadela Cascais - Pousada & Art District

              Fortaleza Da Cidadela, Av. D. Carlos I, Cascais
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Cascais pousada is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum, Cascais Beach and Boca do Inferno. Marechal Carmona Park and Condes de Castro Guimaraes Museum are also within 10 minutes. Cascais Station is 16 minutes by foot and Monte Estoril Station is 30 minutes.

                Hotel Palacio Estoril £123
                Hotel Palacio Estoril

                Hotel Palacio Estoril

                Rua Particular, Estoril, Cascais
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Cascais hotel is located on the boardwalk, within a 5-minute walk of Estoril Conference Centre and Estoril Casino. Cascais Beach and Boca do Inferno are also within 3 miles (5 km). Estoril Station is 5 minutes by foot and Monte Estoril Station is 14 minutes.