The hill-top royal palaces of Sintra are a sight to behold with their kaleidoscopic colours and elegant designs. Sintra is a well-established excursion from the city of Lisbon but away from the tourist-y bits you'll find a stunning, wooded landscape with excellent walking and biking trails. The brilliant blue ocean is never far away with some fabulous beaches to discover as well as Cabo da Roca - Europe's most westerly point. The sunsets here are incredible. The villages in this area are authentic and the people exceptionally friendly. You will find it very easy to eat well and inexpensively too.