Panorama view of Penha Longa, Portugal



With richly hued palaces, mist-covered forests and the ruins of a craggy Moorish castle overlooking a sleepy village, Sintra is like a page torn from a fairy tale.
Not surprisingly, it’s long been a favourite with out-of-­towners. The Portuguese royals summered here, as did the Moors before them, and it was one of the few places in Portugal that Lord Byron liked, inspiring his travel epic Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage.

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flight times

From London: 2 hours



time difference

GMT +1 hour

visa requirements

Not Applicable for EU Citizens


Sintra, just 20 miles from Lisbon, and 5 miles from the Atlantic coast, enjoys classic southern European weather.  Consistently warm and sunny from May to September.

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Panorama view of Penha Longa, Portugal

This regal hotel was built in the 14th century and sits in magnificent gardens surrounded by pretty lakes with breathtaking views of the Sintra Mountains....


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Relaxing area for Spa at Penha Longa, Portugal

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