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. Add Castle of the Moors and other attractions to your Sintra trip itinerary using our Sintra trip planner .
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  • August 19, 2017
    Fan of castles but this is really different characteristic unique to how it is structured for where is the pena Palace parking. associate it close but free just before 8.30
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  • August 19, 2017
    Today 19 August I went to visit him. It was fabulous to admire the splendour of the Castle. Eventually arrived on the highest Tower I admired the Palace from it and I was amazed of her beauty. Come visit us
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  • August 19, 2017
    Is that after all the trouble of the trail hike on foot we expected more, was the strong wind that he felt from above the Castle, but I was not satisfied. Better to go direct to the Palacio da Pena
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Where to stay in Sintra

For quick and easy access to Sintra's array of authentic buildings and historical sites, stay in the town's World Heritage-listed center perched atop a hill. By staying in the midst of the action, you'll be within walking distance of most of the town's main sights and you'll avoid the challenging parking situation that day-trippers and those staying further outside of the city face. For a real authentic experience, check into one of the many small boutique hotels, guesthouses, or hostels tucked in among the city's winding streets and 19th-century architecture, many of which sit high on the rugged slope near the national palace in mainly residential areas.
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