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Castelo dos Mouros, Sintra

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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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  • The Moorish Castle was an adventure. We had a great day exploring the ruins. The line up at the ticket booth was long so while in line I bought the tickets on website and saved 5%. There is wifi in.....  more
    The Moorish Castle was an adventure. We had a great day exploring the ruins. The line up at the ticket booth was long so while in line I bought the tickets on website and saved 5%. There is wifi in.....  more »
  • Beautiful views and a great day out. Walked up from the town through the park, was quite an adventure! (lacking a few signs so got a bit lost!) The castle itself, wow! Interesting history and well... 
    Beautiful views and a great day out. Walked up from the town through the park, was quite an adventure! (lacking a few signs so got a bit lost!) The castle itself, wow! Interesting history and well...  more »
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  • 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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