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From glittering New Year’s Eve parties and Michelin-starred menus to Christmas lunch overlooking the Atlantic — Penha Longa conjures up a uniquely magical festive season

Sintra, Portugal – November, 2017 – When it comes to unique Christmas memories and indulgent New Year celebrations, Penha Longa Resort in the heart of the Sintra mountain nature reserve has the festive season gift-wrapped and ready to enjoy.

Throughout the holidays Penha Longa Resort will offer a host of activities to satiate the appetites of all guests. From unforgettable Christmas dinners and Michelin-starred menus to ‘Opera di Veneza’ New Year Eve parties and family fun with festive workshops, Penha Longa offers the perfect way to celebrate the most exciting time of the year — just add close friends and family, plenty of laughter and perhaps a glass or two of Champagne.

“Since the 17th century when Penha Longa was the favoured holiday hideaway of the Portuguese Royal family, this has always been a place to celebrate and it is a tradition that continues today. At this time of year everyone at the resort is dedicated to celebrating unforgettable experiences, memories that can be shared with family and friends,” says General Manager David Martinez.

Penha Longa Christmas Market
On December 2 and 3, a Christmas market at the resort’s 14th century Monastery will be curated with a selection of handmade products, local artisan treats, plenty of food and drink and everything else you'll need to get your festive shopping done and dusted. For your little ones, a fun packed programme will keep all our junior guests entertained.

The true taste of Christmas at Penha Longa and Villa Tamariz Utopia
On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the resort’s il Mercato offers extravagant Christmas flavours from around the world — with, of course, an emphasis on fine Portuguese cuisine — while Villa Tamariz Utopia, overlooking the Atlantic and glamorous beach of Estoril, offers a glittering range of festive lunch options and traditional local dishes on Christmas Day. Special children’s menus have also been created to ensure festivities are a real family affair.

Culinary secrets and indulgent treatments
As Christmas is a time of relaxed indulgence, why not treat yourself or a loved one to the gift of a decadent treatment at our spa? Alternatively, add a delicious new dimension to your Christmas experience by learning culinary secrets during exclusive chef workshops. For those who want to work up an appetite for Christmas lunch, Penha Longa offers running or walking experiences that explore the resort’s historic landscape.

Celebrate New Year in style
Cocktails in the imposing medieval palace of Penha Longa are just the start of New Year Eve celebrations at Penha Longa. Taking the stylish theme of the ‘Opera di Veneza’, party-goers can then enjoy an extravagant six-course dinner in the Coroa Ballroom before the clock strikes midnight and the party really starts. Throughout the night there is live entertainment and music as well as a reviving late evening supper. Meanwhile the Ritz Kids’ New Year’s Eve event will include dinner, cinema and magic show topped off with a fun-filled Glow Party.

New Year’s Eve celebrations at Michelin-starred LAB, Villa Tamriz Utopia and Arola
On New Year’s Eve, Penha Longa’s famous Michelin-starred restaurant, LAB by Sergi Arola, will be offering an unforgettable combination of Portuguese and Catalan-inspired flavours that are certain to linger long into 2017; Villa Tamariz Utopia serves up the perfect New Year’s menu to close the year as well as memorable views overlooking the Atlantic and the resort’s trendy Arola offers live cooking displays and an exclusive range of celebratory New Year’s Eve tapas.

And for the first lunch of 2018…
Penha Longa is making sure that everyone starts the New Year in style with a deliciously indulgent lunch buffet that will appeal to all tastes. Il Mercato restaurant offers stunning gastronomy and unforgettable views of the Sintra Mountains. Dishes will include an enticing selection of appetisers, fresh oysters and seafood, traditional salt-baked sea bass, various live looking stations and more.

For further details and reservations contact or (+351) 21 924 9011