One of Cascais' most outstanding palace is the PALACIO DE CONDE DE CASTRO GUIMARAES that is open to the public and exhibits its own grand private collection of over 25,000 book and rarities such as an illustrated book by Duarte Galvao (1455-1517). You can also see works of art from national and foreign artists - paintings - porcelain, etc. Also, most of the pre-historic finds from the Grutas de Alapraia are stored here. These were a series of underground caves only discovered in the late 19th century.
Built in the end of the 19th century, the palace with its castle turrets and an Arabic cloister, was given to the city of Cascais in 1924.
Situated in one of the most sought after areas of the town is the Counts of Castro Guimarães Palace, whose medieval castle overlooks the Santa Marta Cove. The Palace was donated to the local authority in 1924, when it became a Museum.
It is worth a prolonged visit, not only for its unusual architecture, but also for its wealth of art and archaeology.
The Museum is open daily from 10.00 - 17.00, but closed on Mondays and Public Holidays.
This is a 19th century palace. It houses many furnished rooms; a rich library. It has a tower where the Templars gathered.
You can visit this palace by guided visits only.