Once a fishing village, Cascais’s fate changed in 1870 when King Luís decided to turn Cascais Citadel into his summer residence. And so it remained until the monarchy was overthrown in 1910. It went on to become the official and summer residence of several of Portugal’s presidents. After many years of neglect, in 2004 the Museum of the Presidency of the Republic began work restoring the citadel, which today receives guests of the Presidency and which has rooms set up for this purpose. You can visit some of the palace’s restored rooms, including the noble salon, the Arab room and the incredible enclosed balcony with its wonderful views over the bay.