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, rolling down to the beautiful golden beaches of the Estoril coast.
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.
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 and extensive facilities for all the family.
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 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.
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