riddled with palaces and glorious residences; traditionally a balmy summer getaway for the royal and noble; sintra is surrounded by forests and hills making it a few degrees cooler than lisbon. a visit to the chromatic abundance or excess of prince ferdinand at the palácio da pena in sintra, a sacred landmark in portugal; medieval and islamic influences and a liberal serving of symbolism nearly bordering on science-fiction. take in the weathered architecture and atlantic views of this world heritage site with plenty of ornate balconies and decorated corners for photo and other kinds of sinful opportunities. mix gently textured takeshy kurosawa jeans with suede cesare paciotti oxford’s and a gucci braided belt for the ideal basic day-for-night wear. a prada-esque vintage conrast grey knit or a more summery pal zileri polo shirt with a tonello tartan blazer creates a bit of fantasy. the ambergris tones of the latest armani acqua di gio essenza and persol sunglasses give the necessary touch of retro glam. kick the formalities and go for the two tone giorgio brato holdall.

crank up the romance and check into the grand resort hotel tivoli palácio de seteais and envelop yourself in crisp linen, old world charm and magical gardens.