Casa de Santa Maria & Sta Marta Lighthouse Cascais


One of the beautiful monuments in the Cascais borough is the Casa de Santa Maria, the house opposite the Cascais Marina. The Cascais Council acquired it from the Espirito Santo family in 2004 and it is open to the public.

The house was owned by Jorge O’Neill.  Raul Lino, the well-known local architect, designed this house. He also designed the Casa Verdades de Faria (Museum of Portuguese Music) in Monte Estoril.

Built in three stages the final one was in 1918.  Overlooking the sea one of the attractions is the 17th century tile panel which came from the Quinta da Ramada in Frielas. You can see painted panels on the wooden ceiling in the Caravel Room,  left.
Open: Tuesday – Sunday 10am-6pm. Closed Monday.  Rua do Farol de Santa Marta, Cascais.

Picture perfect, growing at the Casa de Santa Maria balcony, July 2023.

‘Peel me a grape ….’



Santa Marta lighthouse in Cascais was remodeled into a museum and opened in 2007. The lighthouse which started operations in 1868 played an important part in the hstory of Cascais.  The few exhibits in the Museum include instruments used in the past.  A video in an adjacent room shows the history of the lighthouse.








Above, instruments found in the Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum.  The Santa Marta Lighthouse is open Tuesday – Sunday: 10am to 6pm. Closed Monday.  Rua do Farol de Santa Marta, Cascais.


A coffee house AND an online Radio, Lusophonica is a small place that serves drinks, snacks (pancakes, sandwiches, toasts) and has tables outdoors. It is located just before the entrance to the Santa Marta Lighthouse. A place to enjoy a drink and snack in warm weather with views over the Cascais Marina.  It is open Tuesday – Sunday: 10am to 6pm. Closed Monday. You can tune in to the radio, check out the menus, etc on