Sintra is a town situated on a high bluff off the Atlantic ocean that is surrounded by grottoes and caves; located in the North-west of Lisbon, its mystic appeal has inspired and awed many of the greats of literature. Here Lord Byron wrote he discovered “glorious Eden’ here in his poem “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage.”  Robert Southey called Sintra “The most blessed spot in the habitable globe.” Mostly Sintra is ideal to escape to do nothing but listen to birds chirp and relax. The atmosphere is calming and even forays to the associated tour sites are very relaxed and laissez-faire.  In the village and by the sea, one can enjoy fabulous, fresh seafood fare, with a host of broths and paellas. Washed down with Portugeuse wine or (of course) Port, a dinner overlooking the flickering, lapping waves, can be deemed complete. The village is home to about 20,000 inhabitants who cater to the tourists and Lisbon-ites who travel here during the summer. On Sundays, there is an active, thriving market selling fresh fruits and goods. In addition, recently, Sintra was listed as a World Heritage site.  Nearby Sintra are other quaint beach towns, all with a similar ideal, country feel. However, Sintra has a spark of magic and a bit of ‘untouched’ destiny.