On one of Europe’s most beautiful seafront locations is an imposing fortress built in the 17th century. It sits on a rocky crest overlooking the ocean; waves crash on beaches below. Two cannons at the entrance sit in protection of the inhabitants inside. For three centuries, the Fortaleza do Guincho in Cascais stood as security for people of Portugal. Today, the fortress stands as a remodeled 5 Star Hotel masterpiece, complete with Michelin Star restaurant.
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The Forteleza do Guincho is now the guardian of luxurious hospitality. Architectural elements of the former structure remain in place adding charm and an air of nobility. Yet, modern amenities secure its place as a contemporary hotel with elegant and boutique qualities.
The chambers of the old fortress have all been transformed into luxury guest rooms. There are eight Courtyard Rooms redesigned from the former cloisters. Each has a small fortress window for a side view of the sea. 16 front-facing Superior Rooms offer unobstructed views from the chaise lounge on private balconies. And, 3 Junior Suites on the first floor include open terraces for a full seaside experience. All rooms are equipped with modern conveniences of satellite TV, mini-bar, telephone, wireless Internet, and safe.
A stay at Fortaleza do Guincho would not be complete without having dinner at the Michelin Star restaurant. Legendary chef Antoine Westermann (of Le Buuerehiesel in Strasbourg) launched the restaurant in 1999, but it’s Executive Chef Vincent Farges who has maintained and improved on the exquisite Franco-Portuguese cuisine. Farges started his career with Westerman, and followed him to Cascais for the opening of this restaurant. After venturing out to hone his skills at La Bavaroise in Casablanca and the Grand Hotel Bratangne in Athens, he returned to Forteleza in 2005 to supervise the kitchen and continue to develop innovative dishes. The restaurant’s wine list, featuring 800 labels, is considered one of the best in the country. With such an amazing gastronomic experience available, it is no wonder locals from Lisbon and surrounding regions go out of their way for dinner at Guincho.
Near the hotel is an array of interesting sites and activities. The beach, of course, is the optimal place for surfing, diving, skiing and other water sports. The quaint village of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is where Portuguese royalty used to holiday. Castles, shops and cafes make for a perfect daytime excursion. And for the evening, the Casino of Estoril offers games, entertainment and a nightclub.
The hotel is just 7 km from Cascais, and 30 km from Lisbon and the international airport.
Forteleza do Guincho is a Relais & Châteaux hotel.
Hotel Forteleza do Guincho
Estrada do Guincho
Phone: + 351 214 870 491
Fax: +351 214 870 431