With\r\nthe crested Atlantic crashing against the sandy walls of this stately Moorish\r\nfort, Fortaleza do Guincho is one of Lisbon's grand and unique hotels though it looks more like a postcard from Essaoiria\r\nthan Lisbon. Standing boldly above Guincho Beach's golden headland (5 minutes\r\ndrive north of Cascais town-centre), where surfers head for some of the best\r\nwaves in Europe, the isolated spot is a raw stretch of sunset-yellow sand,\r\ntopped with nothing more than a few simple seafood shacks.
At the southern\r\nheadland of the beach you'll see the spectacular Fortaleza do Guincho, which once\r\nstood as a 17th Century fortress, guarding the mouth of Lisbon's\r\nestuary. Now it's a home for well-trodden lovers looking for grand and historic\r\nisolation on the outskirts of Lisbon.
The 27 rooms are appropriately regal with\r\nsilk cushions, high thread-count sheets and alcove balconies onto the ocean. If\r\nyou open your windows, you can hear the majestic chorus of the crashing\r\nAtlantic 24 hours a day. The only snag, for some, is the isolation. But for\r\nothers, that's the main attraction.