Cascais :: Culture lives here too
Cascais has always been appreciated for its relaxed lifestyle, groomed by its mild climate and and a landscape sprinkled with inviting beaches. But don’t be fooled, this fishing town planted next to the ocean is much more than that.
Fruit of its rich and famous cultural history and constant investment from the municipality in preserving, promoting and developing different dynamics around it, the Museum District was recently created.
Come with us for a short guided tour, to know more about this initiative
Without impacting its informal environment, identity of its daily life, Cascais was a town that enchanted monarchy, aristocratic families and the most renowned intellectuals of all times from different cultural areas. The surrounding views and the fact that so many famous national and international personalities stayed here left undeniable marks, still visible nowadays in the day to day life of its inhabitants.
Cascais inhabitants’ lifestyle is a result of the perfect symbiosis between different cultures, nationalities and origins of those who passed by or lived here throughout decades, on exile during the II World War. Such lifestyle is part of the elements that makes Cascais’ culture, and its profile, distinct and eclectic.
This charisma is in part moulded by the wealth of those who chose to live here that also makes Cascais a centre of culture and innovation, on many different levels.
Conscious of such wealth and amplitude of the immaterial heritage it beholds, Cascais recently decided to build the Museums District. Built on a geographic perimeter that includes 12 buildings and two parks, this new experience offered to all inhabitants and visitors, has a strong innovation component developed with cultural coherency.
The mission of this new project is to preserve the old and live the new, “promoting a dialogue between past and future generations”, according to Carlos Carreiras, Mayor of Cascais’ Municipality Chamber. On the other hand, by gathering all its cultural products under an integrated programme, Cascais can offer a richer cultural supply, with essential synergies for those looking to be on the frontline of culture, education and innovation, as Cascais aims to always be.
Some of the advantages of this programme include the possibility to buy combination-tickets, daily passes as well as others still to be defined within the range of new protocols with local partners, such as hotels and restaurants, as well as public transportation, parking lots and other attractive components to all visitors.
One of the goals of the Museum District is to make Cascais’ town the main stage for live performers within this districts perimeter. Another is to enable this cultural environment to bring development for the local community with its infrastructure, as well as attracting the creative industry and reasserting Cascais as a cultural and artistic reference, national and internationally.
If you haven’t visited us for a while, or if you are thinking about coming to Cascais for the first time soon, don’t miss out on this incredible experience. Looking at the future while keeping the past present is part of our best culture.
These are the infrastructures that Museum District has to offer. Come to meet them and enjoy your time.
Cascais Cultural Centre
Casa das Histórias Paula Rego
Condes de Castro Guimarães Museum
Casa Duarte Pinto Coelho
Casa de Santa Maria
Lighthouse – Santa Marta Museum
Museu do Mar (Sea Museum) – Rei D. Carlos
Nossa Senhora da Luz Fortress
- Jorge de Oitavos Fortress
Portuguese Music Museum – Casa Verdades de Faria
Exiles Memory Space
Casa Reynaldo dos Santos e Irene Virote Quilhó dos Santos
Marechal Carmona Park
Fernando Lopes Graça Auditorium – Palmela Park