A 45 minute train ride from Lisbon will get you to Sintra, a fairytale Portuguese town of castles, steep mountain hikes and breathtaking views.
Not a city for high heels, as one friend smartly pointed out.
Beautiful tiles cover walls, decorate building tops and line sidewalks.
The walk up is not for the faint of heart... (You can take a bus.) But it makes the arrival at the top a bit sweeter.
The Pena Palace at the top of the summit is a the creation of Ferdinand II, a Saxe-Coburg with connections to the United Kingdom and Belgium.
Everyone loves a turret.