Cidadela to be transformed

Cascais Câmara has unveiled plans to join forces with a private investor to transform one of the town’s oldest buildings, the Cidadela, into a major arts venue, with work due to be completed by 2007. The Palácio da Cidadela has already played host to several concerts, including a performance by Portuguese star, Rodrigo Leão. However, Cascais Câmara President, António Capucho, wants to transform the site into a permanent arts venue, open to tourists and local residents: “It will become a new dynamic place, known for its cultural and leisure events,” he commented. The 25 million euro scheme includes plans for a museum and art gallery, a 60 room hotel, art and antique shops, restaurants and bars. An underground parking area will be built outside the marina, which will hold up to 1,000 cars. The Rua Maria Pia will be pedestrianised and there will be a new walkway leading to the marina and then into the town. According to architect, Francisco Vieira de Campos, the work will be finished and the venue open to the public in time for the World Sailing Championship, which is being hosted by Cascais in 2007.