Last summer, I spent a week in Portugal to work around some visa issues for my trip to Ibiza. It was a big gamble to travel solo to this country I'd never been to and where I didn't know a single soul. But it turned out to be one of the most amazing trips of my life. I learned how to surf, made some incredibly cool friends, and saw so many amazing sights. This picture, taken at Castelo dos Mouros in Sintra illustrates how I felt then: I felt like the King of the World.
Sintra was one of the most picturesque places I visited in Portugal. A lush, beautifully preserved town steeped in Romantic architecture, all of Sintra is a UNESCO heritage site and visiting it is like stepping back in time. It is an easy day trip from Lisbon and a quick bus ride from our surf camp in Ericeira. The afternoon we spent there was not quite enough time to explore everything Sintra has to offer, but I wouldn't change anything about that day for the world. A morning of surfing, scrumptious wood-fired pizza by the beach for lunch, and an afternoon spent exploring the beautiful city of Sintra is a wonderful way to spend a summer day, no matter how you look at it.