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.
Portuguese gastronomy at its best
With a variety of wonderful restaurants in the area, Sintra is a dream destination for foodies, and the close proximity to nearby Lisbon provides an almost endless gastronomic selection, known as one of the cities most at the forefront of culinary excellence. Authentic Portuguese cuisine is such a treat with its lovely aromatic spices and focus on the finest, freshest ingredients.
Golf lovers will be in their element in Sintra, where they'll enjoy the two beautiful 18-hole courses at Penha Longa Resort, designed by the famed Robert Trent Jones Jr, which weave their way around the pine clad hills.
A charming old-fashioned seaside town with a gorgeous beach and lovely restaurants, Cascais is a must during any visit to Sintra. This gem started out as a small fishing village and, despite its popularity for its idyllic scenery and water-sport options, it has maintained its authentic appeal.
Only 40 minutes away by Powder Byrne Shuttle, Lisbon is ideal for a day trip. Discover the city with a tram tour around the old Alfama district, try the exceptional restaurants, browse the superb shops and visit the many museums and galleries. At night, experience an evening of traditional fado music. The kids will love Kidzania, the Oceanarium and Parque de Nacoes.
With the benefit of being tucked away in a lush haven, Penha Longa has stunning beaches nearby to enjoy when you choose. The Estoril Coast is only seven miles away, offering perfect beaches for relaxing family days, and for more of a thrill there's Guincho beach a 15 minute drive away, which is a popular surf hotspot.
Steeped in history
As long-time hideaway of the Royal Family and with 10 historic national monuments, including ornate palaces and ancient ruins, Sintra is a history-lover's paradise.
We carefully select our hotels visiting each property and researching it in great detail before ever sending a client. Our hotels are hand-picked for their unparalleled accommodation, cuisine and facilities as well as first-class service.
Penha Longa Resort
Situated just seven miles from the beautiful Estoril coast the Penha Longa Resort is a magnificent 300 acre estate set within a wooded valley with lush gardens, offering extensive facilities for all the family.
Spend some time exploring the historic town and you will definitely find some exquisite restaurants that serve freshly caught seafood from the local sea. Below you'll find a selection of restaurants we believe no trip to Sintra is complete without a visit to.
Furnas do Guincho
On the road from Guincho to Cascais you will find this restaurant perched above the Atlantic, where you can enjoy a superb selection of fresh fish dishes. Great for families with older children or for a special occasion. Open 12.30 – 4pm and 7.30 – 11pm.
Fortaleza do Guincho
Located next to Guincho beach, this michelin starred restaurant serves a French cuisine, with a Portuguese accent. For those wine lovers the restaurant boasts a fine selection of Portuguese and French wines. Please note this restaurant is more suited for adults only.
With a great view over the vast Atlantic, Monte Mar boast of the best flavours from the sea, exquisitely prepared and served in a light and relaxed environment. With a great selection of sea food all fresh and some of it still living, this modern setting allows couples and families alike to have a great evening with a extensive and varied wine list.
A Michelin star restaurant by Sergi Arola, a 2 Michelin star chef. This innovative restaurant offers unique tasting experiences with different tasting menus, à la carte options and an extensive wine selection from around the world. LAB builds on the hotels tradition but with a dynamic 21st century twist. Enjoy the signature dish of lamb loin in crust of Iranian pistachio and finish with a roast apple sorbet.
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.
We appreciate that only when the kids are happy that parents really switch off and enjoy their holiday too. Creating the right environment where everyone feels their needs are being met and that they can enjoy themselves is the key to our success. Find out below which of our programmes we'll be running in Sintra this summer.