Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum

Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum, Cascais: Address, Phone Number, Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum Reviews: 4/5

Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum

Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,181 contributions
Exploring Cascais Beyond the Beaches
Mar 2020
This was one of the sights on our walk from Cascais to the Boca da Inferno (Mouth of Hell). The lighthouse caught our eye because of its unusual square pepper-pot shape and its cheery, bright blue and white striped tiles. It is surrounded by white-washed walls, palm trees and the old lighthouse keeper’s residence and sits poised on the cliff top, above a small, secluded beach. It’s a great photo-stop.
Built in 1868, the lighthouse is now a museum. It’s also still functional and continues to operate but the lighthouse keeper is gone and everything is fully automated. Restored in 2006, there is now a café and a museum and you can climb up the winding stairs to the top of the 36 metre tall tower. How many times would the lighthouse keeper have climbed these steps?
Entry to the museum is €5 and is a combo ticket that also includes entry to Casa de Santa Maria next door. However, it seems to have quite limited opening hours and were closed when we were there. I believe it only opens Wed-Friday in the mornings so check the times before you go if you want to do visit inside.
Written January 27, 2021
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Malgorzata
9,629 contributions
Small , but interesting museum
Sep 2019
The Santa Marta Lighthouse is situated to the south of the center of Cascais, on the estuary of the River Tagus. It is a quadrangular masonry tower covered with white tiles, with blue horizontal stripes and a red lantern. The lighthouse now houses a lighthouse museum. The collection of the Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum was entirely established by the Portuguese Navy. Small museum, presenting lighthouse lenses and other related artifacts. The museum is interesting , although not very big. The lighthouse is beautiful, and the view is gorgeous. Such a beautiful place .
Written August 23, 2020
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tommytirebiter
Connecticut79 contributions
View from lighthouse
Nov 2019
EZ walk from downtown to this attraction. The real reason to visit is the view to take photos from the lighthouse tower itself. Not good if the day is overcast.
Written November 24, 2019
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Art H
Dartmouth, Canada855 contributions
Beautiful Views of the Town
Jul 2019 • Couples
We walked by this museum one day but you could not go up into the lighthouse until 2:30, so we decided to come back the next day. This worked well and everything was open. We climbed the tower and enjoyed the views from the lighthouse tower. The actual lighthouse museum does not have that much in it, but if you listen to the video in another room there is a lot of information. Included in the price is admission for the museum next door, which is an amazing house with some very interesting designs.
Written July 27, 2019
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KAmanda
Manchester, UK68 contributions
Good view from the lighthouse!
Jul 2019 • Couples
The lighthouse was good to go up and take in the view. You get a stunning shot of the sea and part of town. If you’re interested in the mechanics of lighthouses then the museum might be of interest however I found it quite boring to be honest!
Written July 24, 2019
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IAN D
Wigan, UK18,412 contributions
Go up the lighthouse
Jul 2019 • Solo
I was lucky in going to the top 9f the lighthouse as only open for one hour a day and open when I visited. One of the most photographed spots in Cascais. It offers great views over the marina and the neighbouring museum.
Written July 4, 2019
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SEs
London, UK25,745 contributions
Old
Apr 2019 • Friends
This is a old light house now modernized. You can have a break on your day trip out or in of Lisbon.
Written May 21, 2019
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MAHMOUD ALKHALDI
Kuwait City, Kuwait50 contributions
historic
Sep 2018 • Business
nice historic building,not far from castle with nice scenery for atlantic. good place to take photos
Written May 20, 2019
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permia
Ireland37,186 contributions
Beacon for seafarers since 1867
Mar 2019 • Couples
Unveiled and commencing its beaming of light in 1867, it was constructed on the site of a military fort.

Buildings of the latter housed light keepers in the past. But since automation of the lighthouse the very good museum is now hosted within.

With the Portuguese explorations of the seas worldwide, lighthouses became very important. This history is engagingly documented here.
Written May 12, 2019
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James B
80 contributions
Lovely but the opening times are a mystery
May 2019 • Couples
Nice little museum with some interesting stuff in, will keep you occupied for about 15 minutes. Of course the main attraction is the lighthouse itself, we arrived at at 12:17 and were told by the two women on site that the lighthouse itself had just closed (seemed a strange time to close) and would open again after lunch at 14:30, but the museum was open throughout. We looked around, went away and then came back again at 14:30. Sure enough the lighthouse was open, we were shown into it by the same women who had said it was closed earlier, and who had not left the site in between (the museum having remained open the whole time.) Rather bemusing, perhaps we were missing something! Who knows. The signs around the lighthouse said it was only open for 1 hour a day on certain days, but clearly that's not correct. Best advice I can give is to go there and hope it's open, ask if you can go up the lighthouse before you buy your (reasonable priced) 5 euro ticket to avoid disappointment. If you can go up, you'll get great views and a deep sense of personal fulfilment (especially if you love lighthouses like us)
Written May 5, 2019
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