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A symbol of Islamic presence in the area, the medieval Castelo dos Mouros has served as protection for several groups throughout history. Visiting this World Heritage Site atop a mountainous cliff, you'll have great views of Sintra. This castle was built in the eighth or ninth century to defend the agricultural region and its people. In 1147, the castle surrendered to Christian forces after the conquest of Lisbon. The castle was used as a watchtower and military fortification, and was restored by Ferdinand II based on the Romantic style popular at the time. You can tour this irregular structure, which features a double belt of walls, internal cistern, and royal tower. Add Castelo dos Mouros and other attractions to your Sintra trip itinerary using our Sintra trip planner.
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Castelo dos Mouros reviews
I had limited time in Sintra and had to weigh which attractions I had to give up which I had to visit. This castle ranks the top on my list and I visited in the morning before it became too crowded...
I had limited time in Sintra and had to weigh which attractions I had to give up which I had to visit. This castle ranks the top on my list and I visited in the morning before it became too crowded... more »
A must in Sintra, great step back in history, beautiful ruins with great views. Quite a hike if you wanna get there on foot from the train station
A must in Sintra, great step back in history, beautiful ruins with great views. Quite a hike if you wanna get there on foot from the train station more »
We loved spending a couple of hours climbing the walls of the old castle. It is a workout but the views are spectacular. It was very windy the day we were there, late June, so you may want to take a jacket and something to contain long hair. The entrance was 8€ each for us. There were pretty nice views of Pena Palace from one of the watchtowers.
Breathtaking view, worth the admission ticket. Can be really windy! The hiking trail can be tricky as there are parts with mud, but really a rewarding experience - the surrounding greenery is like a heaven on earth.
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