This is a view of the famous village of Sintra (Lower right corner) and the plains beneath it that slope down to the sea. I took this picture from the ruins of this Moorish castle:
Because I wanted this view of the Sintra National Palace:
The palace is enormous, and spreads out in every direction, with wings jutting out at lots of odd angles. The most unusual characteristic is the two large chimneys (one behind the other in this photo) on the right hand side. This view is the basis for a small painting I'm doing at the moment. It'll serve as a study for a much larger one I hope to do.