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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  • Thanks Spent the day visiting the Moorish Castle after first visiting the National Palace of Peña close by. Lucky enough to find a parking space close by the palace but I would recommend parking... 
    Thanks Spent the day visiting the Moorish Castle after first visiting the National Palace of Peña close by. Lucky enough to find a parking space close by the palace but I would recommend parking...  more »
  • Definitely don't skip on your trip to Sintra. Deep history, even if it's been remodelled/adapted by 18th/ 19thC monarchs. There is still evidence of its Moorish use and good info. The views are... 
    Definitely don't skip on your trip to Sintra. Deep history, even if it's been remodelled/adapted by 18th/ 19thC monarchs. There is still evidence of its Moorish use and good info. The views are...  more »
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  • Not much to see because it's so decayed, but still an important piece of local history. You do have to use lots of imagination to see it as it once was. Some diagrams, plaques, or artistic renditions depicting what life there was like and explaining its tactical significance would have helped.
  • This lookout castle is in great shape. You can climb all the ramparts on the lower and upper towers, which afford wonderful views of the area. I loved seeing how the castle is built in and around the rock outcrops of this mountain. There's not a lot of signage, but it does have some. No museum, but a snack window with the basics, including prepared sandwiches.

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