At a Glance
Stunning location in a 545-acre national park close to the Sintra Mountains
World-class championship 27 holes designed by the world-renowned Robert Trent Jones II
Indoor and outdoor swimming pools
Only 30 minutes' drive from Lisbon
Close to the historic town of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Just 10 minutes' drive from the unspoilt sandy beaches of Estoril and Cascais
Best time to Visit
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The south of Portugal has a mild climate with more than 300 days of sunshine a year. The weather is generally warm and sunny in May with the risk of the odd shower of rain. Sometimes it can be cool in the evenings. By June the weather generally settles in a pattern of long hot sunny days and balmy evenings especially in July and August. Rain is unlikely but it can happen from time to time. Throughout the summer months it can be windy especially during the afternoon. June and September are particularly pleasurable months.
To start planning your holiday to Penha Longa
Located within a 545-acre national park near the Sintra Mountains, Penha Longa Resort occupies a breathtakingly beautiful location just 30 minutes west of Lisbon and only ten minutes from the sandy beaches of Estoril and Cascais.
Founded as a monastery in the fourteenth century and later used as a palace retreat for the Portuguese Royal Family, today Penha Longa is still an impressive sight, nestled among green forested hillsides and overlooked by the Sintra Mountains.
All 194 of the hotel's rooms have a balcony to make the most of the beautiful views across the national park. The decor is luxurious but comfortable and the facilities are extensive, including a 27-hole golf course, six restaurants, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and an incredible spa and wellness centre which spans over 1500 square metres.
With all these facilities to hand it will be tempting to spend all your time at the hotel, but it is well worth hiring a car and exploring the area too. This region of Portugal retains an authentic atmosphere and the miles of sandy beaches are still relatively untouched by the mass tourism of the south coast. The closest town, Sintra, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and makes for a wonderful day trip to discover the Moorish architecture and cobbled streets lined with cafes and small boutiques. Cascais and Lisbon are also within easy reach.
It's worth noting that as Penha Longa is located in a valley at the foot of the Sintra Mountains it does have its own microclimate at certain times of the year. May and September are particularly lovely times to visit.
Penha Longa offers 194 guest rooms, all of which come with a balcony overlooking the resort gardens and forested hillsides beyond. Larger suites and connecting rooms are also available.
Penha Longa welcomes families and is ideal for children of all ages. There is a dedicated Kid's Club, with activities on offer ranging from fancy dress, picnics and camping, painting, cinema, cooking classes, fashion nights, pyjama parties and horse riding. A kids' menu is available in most restaurants and there are interconnecting room options. Babysitting is available on request.
Dining at Penha Longa is an experience in itself. The hotel offers six restaurants including the fine dining "LAB by Sergi Arola", "Midori", one of the best Japanese restaurants in the country, "Arola", serving traditional Portuguese and Spanish tapas and "Il Mercato", specialising in Italian dishes.
The hotel's 27-hole golf course is designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and is ranked as one of the top 30 courses in Europe. A host of other activities are also on offer, including horse riding and trekking in the national park, surfing and jeep tours.
A gastronomic tour of Lisbon
Discover Lisbon through its flavours with a walk through the city, sampling the gastronomic highlights from Ginginha to Pastel de Nata. Strolling the streets, you’ll experience the lively soul of the city with its cafe culture and vibrant heart.
The rolling hills north of Lisbon are home to the medieval town of Obidos, a treasure trove of art and architecture, and a half-day tour with your private guide brings this exquisite wealth to life.
Discover Sintra and Cascais
Discover the charming Estoril Coast and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Sintra with your private guide, strolling the historic streets and soaking in the delightful character of the old city.
Lisbon by private tram
Lisbon's bright yellow trams are real icons of the city, having been in use since the late 19th century. For an exclusive tour of the city, board your very own private tram and wind your way through Lisbon's vibrant neighbourhoods.
Lisbon cooking class
Live like a local with a walk through one of Lisbon’s historic markets, followed by a hands-on cooking class with a local foodie. Ideal for couples and families alike, this is a chance to explore the city’s culinary delights.
Pastel de Nata workshop
One of Portugal's most celebrated treats, the Pastel de Nata, or custard tart, is a true local delicacy. Join a local foodie and learn how to make these delicious bites.
Portuguese tile mosaic workshop
Visit the Fabrica de Sant’Anna to learn about the traditional Portuguese art of hand-painted tiles, known as azulejos. These beautiful tiles adorn buildings across Portugal and you'll have the chance to paint your own in this unique workshop.
Private bike tour of Sintra
Explore the fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sintra by bike, admiring the unique palces and intriguing landscapes as you travel through the National Park. You'll then visit Cascais and explore this charming coastal town with your private guide.
Surfing in Portugal
Thanks to its position on the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal offers fantastic surfing opportunities suitable for both experts and beginners alike. Close to Lisbon you'll find some of the best beaches for an exhilarating surfing lesson.
Walking tour of Lisbon
Wandering the streets of Lisbon is an ideal way to soak in its history and the lifestyle of its inhabitants, passing people chatting on patios, drinking coffee in pavement cafes and enjoying the conviviality of the city.
Location & directions
Located in the foothills of the Sintra Mountains in a 545-acre national park, Penha Longa enjoys a peaceful and scenic setting.
How to get there
British Airways, Air Portugal and Easyjet all offer regular flights from London to Lisbon. From here it is a 30 to 40 minute transfer by road to the hotel.
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