Castelo dos Mouros

Castelo dos Mouros, Sintra: Hours, Address, Castelo dos Mouros Reviews: 4.5/5

Castelo dos Mouros
4.5
Historic Sites • Castles
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The Moorish Castle is a military fortification that bears witness to the Islamic presence in the region, and was probably constructed between the eighth and ninth centuries and later expanded after the Reconquista. Overlooking the town of Sintra, it served as a watchtower, guaranteeing the protection of Lisbon and its surroundings.
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More than 3 hours
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Andrew D
Milan, Italy152 contributions
Well preserved ancient castle ruins with fantastic views
Sep 2021 • Solo
Ancient castle ruins on the top of a very tall and steep hill. The walls are largely intact and it’s possible to walk around much of the site on top of the walls.
The views are amazing.
Deduct half a star because the shop is closed and guide nooks are not available on site.
Be aware that some of the wall top walks are very narrow and not all of them have a safety rail.
Take the bus unless you’re a fitness freak. 😂
Written September 22, 2021
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Janka K
Brno, Czech Republic4,439 contributions
My top castle from Sintra area
Jul 2021
Sintra area has few castles to offer. As each of them is different, each person finds his favorite castle. This one is mine.
The place is magical. Composed out of ruins and gradually mixed with nature, it's hard not to chill there, even with a lot of tourists around you. Expect one or two hours of walk if you want to see it all. For me it was definitely worthy.
Written September 7, 2021
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Garrett W
Skerries, Ireland1,441 contributions
Visit during COVID-19 restrictions - Happy to recommend
Aug 2021
My wife said this was one of the most memorable parts of our day to Sintra.
Booked online the day before - avoid the queues.
We went to Pena palace first thing, and walked down through the forest to here around 11.30am
As others have indicated it's a bit of a long walk, and I would not recommend for kids under 10.. There's a beautiful forest on the outside of the walls with a nice walking path that you take to get to the entrance. Then you go inside the castle walls and you actually get to walk along the outer wall! It's a life-size playground, there are turrets you can walk up, with incredible views.
Check out my photos.
We got the bus down to Sintra after. Get off in the historic centre v's the train station.
Written August 22, 2021
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Simon L
West Hollywood, CA142 contributions
Definitely worth a visit
Aug 2021 • Friends
This is a really good castle to visit. It’s in really good condition for a medieval period. For kids … tell them to play hide and seek…
Quite a few stairs though….
Written August 19, 2021
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Nazim A
Prague, Czech Republic7 contributions
Real and Raw part of History
Aug 2021 • Solo
If you want real and raw part of Portuguese history, this place is it. I went there early in the morning around 9 AM and walking the walls of this fortress, made me feel as if I, myself, was put to guard the place. Stunning, breathtaking views and most importantly, very few tourists.

Some people are disappointed because there isn’t much besides the fortress walls but walking those walls, that go on for hundreds of meters, was the most authentic experience I had in Sintra.
Written August 15, 2021
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crevetica
Lisbon District, Portugal47 contributions
Nice views, super windy
Aug 2021
Nice views towards the city and the other castles nearby.
Super windy and cold.
Not a lot to see besides the walls of the castle.
Written August 13, 2021
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK4,955 contributions
Worth a short visit, great views
Jun 2021
As a castle there are far netter examples in Portugal, and lot of them. But this is worth a visit as you will definitely be near, it is just a 10 minute walk downhill from Pena Palace. The Interpretive Centre with a few historic objects is not that informative or useful. Instead the attraction is really just the picturesque location of the castle walls and turrets. That is quite nice and offers good viewpoints of the surrounding countryside. If you only have time for two Sintra sites, it has to be the Pena Palace and I would recommend Quinta Quinta da Regaliera rather than time here. But if you have time, it is easy and near.
Written July 24, 2021
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Ethan
19 contributions
This is my favorite place in the world!
Apr 2020
This is my favorite place in the world, it has history to it in every footstep. Also with that view, you can see most of Sintra, which is the most beautiful sight you'll ever see!
Written March 24, 2021
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,768 contributions
Hiking Between the Castle & the Old Town
Mar 2020
If like us, you have limited time in Sintra, you will have to make some tough choices about what to see and what to (reluctantly) skip. Having spent the morning at Pena Palace, we ran out of time to go into the castle. We didn't want to miss it entirely so instead we did the walk alongside the outer walls.
Even without going right inside the castle, you can still see a little of the castle grounds and walls. A hiking trail allows you to walk from the castle, alongside the second ring of walls and down through the forest back to town. This was very easy to do and is free.
From Pena Palace it’s only a short walk to the castle where you join the walking trail. What you see on the trail is limited but you’ll still see some of the rambling castle grounds and moss covered, ruined ramparts.
A stretch called the ‘Romantic Ruins’ leads you past the remains of ancient silos, which are being slowly consumed by undergrowth, and the guardhouse to the outer walls. These walls were built to protect the population, their animals and harvests, who lived outside the main walls but still within the castle’s surroundings. After King Afonso Henriques defeated the Moors in 1147, the second line of walls was reinforced it to beef up defences but centuries of neglect allowed trees and vegetation to grow up, veiling the fort.
There are panoramic views over Sintra and the surrounding area, albeit not from the same height as you'd get from the castle towers. However, when you don't have time for everything, this was a good way to experience some of the castle. The walk into town will take you 30 – 40 minutes.
Written February 18, 2021
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia21,189 contributions
Abandoned for 7 centuries.
Feb 2020
You can see the Moors Castle without going inside. It was built by the Arabs in the VIII-IX centuries on the ridge of the mountain. After the Reconquista, it stood abandoned for 7 centuries. Can something be saved after so much time to go there? We watched it going along the wall going down from the Palace of Pena. Tall, wind-warped trees, lichen-covered walls. Romance...
Written January 2, 2021
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