Just a 30 minute drive from Lisbon lies the beautiful and historic hill town of Sintra. Recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site since 1995, Sintra is a fairytale landscape of mist-soaked forests, turreted palaces and castle ruins that roll down to the beautiful golden beaches of Cascais and the Estoril coast.
Join us in Sintra in spring and summer and we’ll introduce you to whole host of historic and cultural sites, specialist wine tours and gastronomic highlights.
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. It’s a world away from the bustle of historic Lisbon, 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. Our flagship Portuguese hotel, Penha Longa Resort, is nestled in the lush green hills. It is just 7 miles from the beaches of Cascais and 30 minutes from Lisbon. The wide range of leisure, dining and spa facilities on offer and the close proximity to spectacular beaches, make Penha Longa appealing to families of all ages.
We have hand-picked some of our favourite things to do and places to eat from our extensive experience in Sintra. Our Client Concierge team will be happy to make reservations and give additional recommendations for you. You’ll find our top picks below.
A stay in Sintra is not complete without a visit to the charming old-fashioned seaside town of Cascais with its gorgeous beaches and lovely restaurants. Originally a fishing village, Cascais was transformed into a summer retreat for Portuguese nobility and has retained its authenticity and elegance to this day.
With 8 restaurants to choose from, our summer resort of Penha Longa is not short of excellent gastronomic options. However, its flagship restaurant, LAB, offers highly innovative cuisine to delight all the senses and has been awarded a Michelin star. LAB has three tasting menus and an à la carte offering with excellent wine pairings to match. Your evening at LAB is sure to be one of your holiday highlights.
An iconic landmark standing atop a rugged peak in Sintra, this palace could be transported straight from a fairytale with its colourful turrets, opulent interior and eclectic architecture. The site is now classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is well worth a visit during your stay in Sintra.
This delectable bakery has been serving its pastries for 155 years and has perfected the travesseiro, a puff pastry dessert with an almond cream filling. Enjoy the cakes seated in the cafe or take them away whilst you are exploring the cobbled streets of Sintra.
One of the finest beaches in the region, Praia do Guincho is situated on the edge of the Sintra National Park. This location is protecting the beach against tourist development. The beach is stunning and has huge rolling waves, which makes it an ideal spot for our Learn Together Surfing Programme for the whole family.
Penha Longa Resort is just 7 miles from the beaches of Cascais where you’ll find Guincho Beach, a hot-spot for local surfers and home to our ‘Learn Together’ surfing programme.
With over 20 years experience, our surfing school is one of the finest and most trusted in Sintra-Cascais. Our Learn Together surfing programme has been designed so that all the family can learn how to ride the waves together to bring a totally new focus and enjoyment to your holiday. You’ll have a private instructor each day for 2 hour long morning sessions at surfers paradise Guincho Beach, completely private for your family to enjoy. Known for its beautiful scenery and amazing waves, Guincho beach is the perfect location for a memorable family surfing experience.
Golf lovers will be in their element in Sintra. You can enjoy the two beautiful golf courses at Penha Longa Resort which weave their way around the pine clad hills. The 18-hole ‘Atlantic’ is a championship course for the avid golfer, whereas the 9-hole ‘Monastery’ course, is slightly easier, suiting all levels of players.
There are a whole host of other sports and activities available at Penha Longa Resort, including tennis, paddle and squash courts and plenty of scenic walking and jogging tracks. Away from the resort and into the hills of Sintra there are endless options from hiking and cycling to Jeep tours and bird watching. Our Client Concierge team will help you with recommendations, bookings and reservations prior to your holiday.
The beautiful Estoril coast offers up a variety of activities for families. On Guincho beach there is surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing. Our Client Concierge team will be happy to pre-book any lessons and equipment hire with our local partners. There is also an inflatable water-fun-park and other inflatable games on Conceição beach, which is simply a must for the kids. Back at Penha Longa Resort, there are three swimming pools, including an adults-only pool for a relaxing dip.
OUR HAND-PICKED ACCOMMODATION
Situated just seven miles from the beautiful Estoril coast the Penha Longa Resort is a magnificent 300 acre estate. It is set within a wooded valley with lush gardens and extensive leisure, sports, dining and spa facilities for all the family.
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