Castle of the Moors, Sintra
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A symbol of Islamic presence in the area, the medieval Castle of the Moors 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. Before you head to Sintra, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Sintra itinerary planner, to make sure you see all that Sintra has to offer, including Castle of the Moors.
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  • The view from the top of the castle is sensational. But I confess that there are some parts where gives a certain insecurity walk, mainly because we were with a child of 6 years. It's pretty tiring, not recommend for people in old age.
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  • That group of attractions "have to go". Near the Pena Palace. Do both on the same day and opt for this first. Beautiful view, imposing structure, historical attraction. Requires available as there are physical effort to reach the top of the Castle, but the effort is rewarded!
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  • The castle is situated high up above the centre of Sintra and if you are visiting the area by train from Lisbon walking there is really only for the brave or seasoned walker. Yes you can get a taxi bu...  more »