|The "Almond Box" used to be
the name given to this Duke's Palace which is today known as the Albatroz Seafront Hotel.
The hotel consists of two
separate buildings facing each other. Both were originally residences
of the local squire and date back to the 19th Century.
The reception area of the hotel is located in the main building. The smaller building opposite is called the Palace and its architecture denotes examples of a Neo Gothic and Neo Manueline influence with some Arabic details. It was designed by an Italian architect.
The accommodation consists of 13 suites and 47 tastefully furnished rooms. Of these, eleven rooms are located in the old Palace.
All the bedrooms have private
bathroom, air conditioning, direct dial telephone, cable television with international channels, air conditioning and
heating, mini bar and safe. Most rooms have a sea view.
The Albatroz Seafront Hotel has a bar with an outside terrace overlooking the Bay of Cascais. Light meals are served on the terrace.
The Restaurant has a breathtaking panoramic view of the Bay. The menu includes a wide selection of dishes utilizing the locally caught fish and shellfish.
Facilities at this beautfiul
hotel include 24 hour room service, baby sitting, laundry service, valet parking, twice a day housekeeping service, wireless internet, elevator and private
parking. The hotel has 2 outdoor swimming pools with sea views and a delightful sun terrace.
During the 16th Century,
Cascais became one of the first places in the country to have a lighthouse
due to it strategic position. It was the first Portuguese place to
be sighted by the navigators when returning from their long sea adventures.
Although fishing is no longer its main source of income, the traditions are still maintained. Nowadays, Cascais is one of the most attractive resorts on the capital's coastline and a sophisticated place with many elegant shops and a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere.
There are plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants on, and around Rua Frederico Arouca, the main pedestrian thoroughfare on the east side of the avenue that splits the town.
A lively market is held on
Wednesdays where locals go to buy fresh fish, fruit and vegetables.
Horse Riding at the Centro Hipico da Quinta da Marinha can also be arranged. The Centre is a well known venue for show jumping and dressage events but also offers fully qualified instructors to teach all levels of ability from beginners to advanced.
They also offer magnificent out rides through the sand dunes and forests, and also a mountain ride to Sintra, which has spectacular views of the Atlantic coast.
The hotel has a selection of function rooms ideal for meetings, presentations, small conferences, weddings, etc, for up to 100 people.
Lisbon is 24 kilometres away with a regular train service which avoids the problem of driving in the Lisbon traffic.
The coastal area to the west is the Sintra / Cascais Natural Park and is a protected area. The beautiful town of Sintra, approximately 15 kilometres away, has been classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
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