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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  • Really cool castle built on the side of a hill and spiralling it’s way to the top. To get to the castle you have to walk about 10 minutes through the forest which is a really lovely walk. Once you...  more »
  • There are many castles in Europe but this one ia real fortress. A large and in an excellent shape! Location on the top of a mountain is great as well as the views from the towers and walls.  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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