Places to visit in Cascais, Estoril & Oeiras

Bay and marina of Cascais

For those interested in visiting monuments and museums, the Cascais-Estoril area offers many options from houses dedicated to the fine arts, to historical monuments, to exhibition centres and the Vasco da Gama Aquarium. Although some places require an entrance fee, these are usually very reasonable and applicable only to adults. Students and Seniors often also receive reductions on entrance fees and it is common for entrances to be free on Sundays.

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Places to Visit

Casa das Histórias of Paula Rego

 Map                  Entrance Fee Free

Opening Days of the Week Every day        Opening Time 10h00 - 20h00

The Casa das Histórias (House of Stories) of Paula Rego Paula Rego's House of Stories Credit: cnmarcos

The House of Stories and Drawings of Paula Rego was inaugurated in 2009. Brought to life by Paula Rego herself, witht the cooperation of the Cascais Town Hall, the exhibition centre features several of her works of art as well as some of her late husband, Victor Willing. The building itself was designed by Eduardo Souto de Moura who used the landscape features to give the structure character.

Museum of the Sea D. Carlos

 Map                         Entrance Fee Paid

Opening Days of the Week Tue - Sun        Opening Time 10h00 - 17h00

Museum of the Sea D. Carlos

Home to several permanent exhibitions linked to marine biology and the relationship between Men and the Sea, The Sea Museum also hosts temporary exhibitions. The museum's name renders homage to Portugal's last King D. Carlos de Bragança as he was a great lover of the sea and patron to many activities linked to it.

Cascais Cultural Centre

Picture of the Cascais Cultural Centre

The Cascais Cultural Centre is located in what used to be the Convent of Our Lady of Mercy (Convento Nossa Senhora da Piedade) Demarked by its bright colours, it regularly hosts exhibitions and small concerts.

Castro Guimarães Museum

 Map                             Entrance Fee Paid

Opening Days of the Week Every day      Opening Time 10h00 - 17h00

The Castro Guimarães Museum

This small palace was commissioned to Luigi Manini in 1900 by George O ‘ Neil, a descendant of the King of Ireland. This gentleman was a known gambler and lost the property in 1910 to Manuel de Castro de Guimarães, the Administrator of Lisbon and the Azores. The Count of Castro Guimarães, although married to Maria Anna de Andrade de Castro de Guimarães died with no children to inherit his fortune, hence, he donated his property in his last will and testament to the Village of Cascais.

Marquês de Pombal Palace & Gardens

 Map        Entrance Fee Free

Opening Days of the Week Every day     Summer Opening Times 9h00 - 20h00      Winter Opening Times 10h00 - 18h00

The Marquês de PombalPalace and Gardens Marquês de Pombal Palace and Gardens Credit: Adrião

Previously owned by the very rich and renown Marquis of Pombal, otherwise known as the Count of Oeiras, this palace was his official residence at the time. It is possible to visit both the house of palatial proportions as well as the gardens, featuring the Fountain of the Poets.

Barcarena Gunpowder Factory

 Map                       Entrance Fee Paid

Opening Days of the Week Tue - Sun     Summer Opening Times 10h00 - 18h00      Winter Opening Times 10h00 - 17h00

Barcarena Gunpowder Factory Barcarena Gunpowder Factory Credit: ASB@Photo

This gunpowder factory was in activity between the years of 1540 and 1940. The factory is currently used as the Museum of gunpowder as well as a small exhibition centre dedicated to culture and leisure.

Old Car Museum

 Map                                               Entrance Fee Paid

Opening Days of the Week Tue - Fri     Opening Times 10h00 - 17h00

The Marquês de PombalPalace and Gardens

The Old Car museum features a permanent exposition of old cars and bicycles that intends to illustrate the development of our transportation vehicles in the 20th Century.

Leceia Archeological Site

 Map                              Entrance Fee Free

Opening Days of the Week Every day     Summer Opening Times 10h00 - 17h00

Leceia Archeological Sight

The Leceia archeological station began its excavation work in the 19th Century by Carlos Ribeiro. The structures have been determined to be prehistoric and have undergone several fases during the passing ages. The buildings include residential and defensive units.

Vasco da Gama Aquarium

 Map                                Entrance Fee Paid

Opening Days of the Week Every day     Summer Opening Times 10h00 - 18h00

Vasco da Gama Aquarium Vasco da Gama Aquarium Credit: Portuguese_eyes

This is yet another monument that received the support of King D. Carlos de Bragança, Portugal's last King. Inaugurated in 1898 the Aquarium includes a live exhibit as well as a museum.


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Estoril viewed from the Hotel São Mamede
Places to visit in Cascais, Estoril & Oeiras