Sintra is hands down one of the most beautiful towns in Portugal.Â A mix of sumptuous royal palaces and beautiful landscapes, itâ€™s beyond picturesque; breathtaking views over the countryside stretch all the way to the coast. Primitive Iberians were so bewitched by the areaâ€™s natural wonders that it became a place of cult worship â€“ christened Sintra, Mountain of the Moon, after the Celtic goddess. The summer escape for Portugalâ€™s crowned heads, Lord Byron described it as â€œa garden of the earthly paradise.â€ Also known for its wine growing and marble quarrying, Sintra has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. However, the town’s real treasures are also its most unassuming: the many cafes – little oases ofÂ daily repast – and their traditional confectionery, like queijada de Sintra, bite-sized cheesecakes made from queijo fresco, a kind of cottage cheese. Sightseeing has never been so restful – nor tasted so sweet.