Castle of the Moors, Sintra

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Castle Historic Site
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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  • This castle is definitely worth a visit, or at least stop on your way to Pena and take some pictures. But be warned, its a lot of walking  more »
  • The entry fee is 8€. Hike the trail to get to the castle. Great to see all the different castles in the area.  more »
  • A fantastic place to visit both in terms of its history and the views you get out over Sintra and the hills beyond.  more »