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 castle of the Moors was a Moorish fortress that was rebuild by King Ferdinand I of Portugal in 1375. It was used as center of activity in the area til 1490 with the chapel serving as the parish...  more »
  • Be prepared for a lot of climbing but just keep going. The views are spectacular. If only the stones could talk, what stories they could tell. Small cafe at the entrance serves sandwiches, tea, soft.....  more »
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  • Normally I'm the kind of person who would rather skip the castle, but this one was fun. It's really old, and there are a lot of cool artifacts. The view is great and the line isn't that bad. It's not as flashy as some of the other castles nearby, but it's way less crowded. I should mention that it's a bit of a hike to get up to it so be ready to walk uphill for a pretty long time.
  • Absolutely stunning! Lovely afternoon walking the walls and towers..come whatever the weather. The walls are splendid enough without the views
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