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Just a 30 minute drive from Lisbon lies the beautiful and historic hill town of Sintra, recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site. This is a stunning landscape of lush forested hills rolling down to beautiful beaches. 

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English poet Lord Byron hailed it as, "the garden of Eden." Offering spectacular views of the coastline, Sintra, and the surrounding forested hills of the Estoril, provide a secluded and beautiful haven a world away from the bustle of historic Lisbon, which is just a few miles away.

It has come as no surprise to us that this part of Portugal has swiftly become a hot favourite for our clients who are looking for something a little different from their summer holiday. Thanks to the superior quality of Penha Longa Hotel, the fantastic secluded setting, the facilities available on the estate and the close proximity to spectacular beaches, the resort appeals to families of all ages.

Throughout the summer season, our in-resort teams are on hand to welcome you and provide you with all the support you need to really enjoy your family holiday in Portugal to the full. We'll introduce you to the best experiences and recommend ideas and excursions that will really enhance your holiday. Travelling with Powder Byrne ensures your children have an amazing time in our exclusive programmes, enjoying the best of sports, local activities and fun on the beach and around the pool, all overseen by our experienced staff.

To find out more, read our blog posts on Sintra.

Activities and Indulgences for You

Golf lovers will be in their element at Penha Longa, where they'll enjoy the two beautiful courses which weave their way around the pine clad hills. For a spot of culture, our team will take you up to the beautiful palaces of Sintra, just a short drive away, or to enjoy the evening markets. We can organise a local guide to show you wonders of Lisbon, from the colonial architectural splendor to the famous flea market, and the Moorish district with it's winding streets housing galleries and unique shops.

For those of you looking to pull over into the slow lane and indulge in some proper relaxation we'll find the walk through the lush gardens between the poolside and the spa, a welcome daily ritual. You'll enjoy the relaxing pace and the seclusion of the estate, as well as the care and attention of our team who will ensure your every need is catered for. 

Fun for the Kids

Our unique programmes embrace the vast amount of space available to explore, with treasure hunts and excursions into the forests a popular feature for our Scallywags. Tots to teens love the variety of activities and sports available, and our energetic staff who oversee the daily activities; some parents have difficulty prizing their kids away at the end of the day! Just a 15 minute drive from the hotel courtesy of our shuttle service is the beautiful Guincho Beach, where TheZone head for their surf lessons and the ever popular PB Surf Academy runs for teenagers in the summer months. Older kids will spend lots of time on the beach playing games and soaking up the action, and our Surf Manager plays a key role in ensuring they all have a great time in a structured and safe environment.

Follow the links to our Powder Byrne kids programmes at the top of the page to find out more about our unique services or call our team on 020 8246 5300 to talk about the best options for your family. 

Map of Sintra

Getting There

With plenty of daily flights from London to Lisbon taking just 2 hours 40 minutes, and a simple 30 minute transfer to the hotel, this is the perfect destination for a family getaway.

Sun Facts

Listed below are an average temperature and rainfall for selected months
May23°C 0mm
June26°C 0mm
July27°C 30mm
August28°C 0mm
September26°C 0mm