Fantasia Cascais

Cascais Câmara recently announced that one of the world’s best theme parks will open in the area in 2007. Fantasia Park will cost around 125 million euros and occupy an area of about 104 acres at Trajouce, in Cascais.

The project, created by John Collins, Cameron Hall Developments and Cascais Câmara, is inspired by the age of discoveries and aims to recreate the experiences and adventures of the Portuguese navigators in the 15th and 16th centuries, through four major geographical areas – Portugal, Brazil, Africa and Japan.

The theme park will be the biggest of its kind in Portugal and hopes to become one of the 15 most important in the world. It will include a fun fair, restaurants, bars, esplanades, discotheques, handicraft shops, leisure and cultural zones, a cinema complex and a first class hotel, as well as tourism facilities and parking spaces, and is expected to welcome between 1.2 and 1.3 million visitors every year.

It will also create 1,800 jobs for the region. A spokesperson from the Câmara explained that the aim is to offer visitors an experience, where they can “not only stroll around, have fun and enjoy national and international food, but also learn more about a historical period.” She also revealed that, although building works have not yet begun, meetings are currently taking place to establish a start date for the park’s construction.

This is not the first time that a theme park has been proposed in the area. Cameron Hall Developments considered building one in the 90s, but failed to get the project off the ground. Then, in 2000, the company presented their plans to Sintra Câmara, but once again, it failed to proceed. A source close to Sintra Câmara allegedly commented that Sintra Câmara and Cameron Hall were to invest 300 million euros in the project.