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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  • We ordered the tickets and the Audio Tour online. Audio required download of app and audio. Very confusing as one confirmation for 3 people that had to be transferred and all requiring good Wi-Fi to....  more
    We ordered the tickets and the Audio Tour online. Audio required download of app and audio. Very confusing as one confirmation for 3 people that had to be transferred and all requiring good Wi-Fi to....  more »
  • This poor review is due to lack of staffing/ advice and long queues for ticket machines with no one to advise . Poor reflection on Portuguese tourism. Similar experience in Lisbon too 
    This poor review is due to lack of staffing/ advice and long queues for ticket machines with no one to advise . Poor reflection on Portuguese tourism. Similar experience in Lisbon too  more »
  • Well, the main Sintra attraction is certainly the Pena palace, but be prepared for huge lines to enter it. Contrary to that, the Moorish castle on the next door hill didn't have waiting time at all... 
    Well, the main Sintra attraction is certainly the Pena palace, but be prepared for huge lines to enter it. Contrary to that, the Moorish castle on the next door hill didn't have waiting time at all...  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.
  • Beautiful location and stunning views. This is not a site for those with any type of limited mobility. The history and the significance of the castle is wonderful. Just make sure you understand that this is a physically strenuous sight to visit without even remote Handicapped access.
  • Guard house was closed and the only other place to get water was behind an 8€ pay wall.. (for 1.60€ for half a liter of barely cooled water). The view was nice though and the history is very rich. Just bring your own food and drinks!
  • Stunning and beautiful, but be careful if you have vertigo as you won't want to walk the castle walls. If you arrive late in the day, visit the cistern bits first as they close earlier than the castle walls. Good information panels and a well looked after site.

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