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Penha Longa Resort is located in the heart of Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, a territory characterized by the rich biodiversity of fauna, flora and natural habitats that should be conserved, preserved and made known to the world for betting on more sustainable activities and initiatives.

SINTRA-CASCAIS NATURAL PARK

Created in 1994, the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park (PNSC – Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais) has 14.583 hectares and is home to more than 200 vertebrate species: 33 mammals, more than 160 birds, 12 amphibians, 20 reptiles and 9 freshwater fish. Its dominant element is the Sintra mountain range, with 528m of maximum altitude. The park also includes a beautiful coastline of great ecological interest, besides an extensive rural area, containing natural or semi-natural ecosystems with great diversity of fauna, flora and habitats. With floristic endemism and faunistic interest, it extends from Cabo da Roca to the Falcão river.

FOREST MANAGEMENT

About 47% of Quinta da Penha Longa is occupied by forest. In 2020, a Forest Management Plan was drawn up which divided the forest areas into 10 plots, one for conversation functions (14.5 ha), five for conservation and production functions (41.7 ha) and four for production (47.3 ha). The production consists essentially of the cork oak, which is extracted every nine years, and the pine kernel, from which the pine nut is used.
Besides normal forest operations (cleaning, pruning) the PGF foresees actions related to the protection of the forest against fire (fuel management in the protection strips, maintenance of accessible paths), to the fight against pests (in particular the nematode of the pine wood and the oak pinhole borer, an insect that attacks the cork oaks) and to the control of invasive exotic species, especially the acacia.

INTERPRETATIVE CENTRE

Launched in May 2021, this project is aimed at publicizing the natural heritage of this location, favoring the physical and diverse landscape that arises from the encounter between nature and the history of the place. At the Interpretative Centre it is possible to carry out activities, such as guided tour denominated “Connection with Nature”, so that the public can learn more about the surroundings of the resort and become aware of the history, environment and heritage of these grounds. This place aims to stimulate critical thinking and the development of an ecological-cultural awareness, contributing to the sustainability of the heritage sites at a local and regional level.

Some additional information:

- Guided visits on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, at 18h (duration 1h)

- Complimentary visits done by our Resort Activities team

- Open to residents of the property and resort clients in general (hotel guests and people with reservations at the Spa, as well as, golf players)

- Mandatory pre-reservation

TRAILS

With a privileged location at the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park you will be able to enjoy the trails and beautiful nature surrounding our historical buildings. There are 6 possible trails available for you to explore at Penha Longa Resort that vary from 2km to 8km and these paths are filled with information about our flora, fauna, and animals that live within the area. Find your inner explorer on a bike or on foot through Europe’s most magnificent and exclusive property.

OBSERVATION TOUR

Located at the highest point of the Forest area, the Observation Tower, is the place for the best and most privileged views of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park and the ideal place for observing the fauna and flora existent in this area.

ACTIVITIES FOR ADULTS

Historic Circuit

Observation Tower

Monastery Tour

ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN

Celebrate Nature

Sea Life

Meet the Animals

CHEF’S SUSTAINABLE GARDEN

One of the strengths of Penha Longa Resort, is undoubtedly the gastronomy. With our vast property and climate of the region, we are allowed to have fresh and organic ingredients.

Chef Vladimir Veiga is responsible for this initiative, in which we cultivate different types of kale, spinach, leek, melon, and some spices such as mint basil thyme, parsley, coriander.

All of these ingredients go straight to our restaurants, because more than a trend, sustainability is the future, and Penha Longa Resort is currently focused on it.

For more information:

Phone: (+351) 219 249 011