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Castelo dos Mouros

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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...more
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Estrada da Pena | Parque de Monserrate, Sintra 2710-609, Portugal
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed August 27, 2014

The Moorish Castle is a little off the beaten path - not too much so since there *is* a tourist bus stop right outside the entrance - but it's absolutely worth the trouble. To reach the entrance to the castle/ruins, you have to walk about...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

I'm obviously in the minority, but at 8 euros per entrance, this place is a tourist trap. The walls are impressive, but the only exciting thing inside is a very clean and modern bathroom. There are walls you cam climb and a strange wooden cube...More

5  Thank aka_Pushkin
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This was our first of four destinations in Sintra over two easy day trips from Lisbon. I knew this would be the highlight of our trip and it was. Light rain off and on did not deter us, we were first in line but not...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

If you are in Portugal, you need to go there! Pay attention to the weather, your shoes and be physically prepared (lots of stone stairs).

Thank Leonardo P
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are in Sintra, after visiting the Pena Palace, this is your next stop if you are interested in history. The Moorish walls and towers date back to the 1100s and are in good shape to walk. The site inspires awe at what dates...More

1  Thank KarenJim76
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the train into Sintra and in spite of it being a bit of a dreary day, we opted to head out on foot to Castelo dos Mouros. We figured if we got too tired we could grab a taxi or empty Tuk Tuk...More

Thank Michelle G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was nice to hear about the Muslim heritage and influence during our guided tour. The castle offers possibly the best views in Lisbon. Our guide made the visit extremely fun, role playing an invasion of the castle demonstrating the protection it offered from potential...More

Thank Aftab S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a very interesting tour of this Moorish castle and was able to tap into a great deal of Portugal's history through this and other sites whilst at Sintra.

Thank gozz2010
Reviewed 1 week ago

A fortress so impressive, it reminded me of the Great Wall of China. This was the first castle we visited in Sintra and the most impressive one. If you have only a day in Sintra and are wondering if you should visit this castle or...More

Thank Nelly P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Sintra by train and after exploring Sintra town we decided to hike up the hill through the forest. A walk which does require some stamina and offers nice views along the way but those views are nothing compared to the views from the castle....More

Thank Prinsenhof
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The castle is at the peak so has spectacular views of Sintra. You can walk along the castle walls and climb up the towers. There's also a courtyard with some nice plants. Overall it wasn't incredibly exciting but was worth it if you like castles...More

Thank DayTrip604409
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hiked down to this castle from the Pena palace and were greeted with such a contrast in style. Fancy pink and yellow became a hard stone fortress meant to last, which it has. Very interesting place and one to not miss. If you are able,...More

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Response from 848mykes | Reviewed this property |
Thanks I will try that
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I am sorry, but I donut remember either. I think Don should be about right, though.
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Response from Jean L | Reviewed this property |
You can access the grounds, cafeteria, bar, the church with the artefacts and the other sites like the cisterna without paying, but to climb the walls to the very top there was a charge of 6 euro each (which was the senior... More
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