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Castle of the Moors

Estrada da Pena | Parque de Monserrate, Sintra 2710-609, Portugal
+351 21 923 7300
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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 served as a watchtower, guaranteeing the protection of Lisbon and its surroundings.
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  • Average7%
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Estrada da Pena | Parque de Monserrate, Sintra 2710-609, Portugal
+351 21 923 7300
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Reviewed December 20, 2016 via mobile

When in Sintra, do not miss this 9th century castle built by the Moors. A bit of walking and stairs that get up but well worth it for the scenic view. From there, you can also view the Palace of Pena. Hold on to your...More

Thank MariWolfe929
Reviewed December 19, 2016

Beyond an interesting Historical lesson about this Castle , dating back to the Arab occupation of Iberian Peninsula , and after the very 1st adapted building for that very purpose, one can walk by the stone walkways towards and through this ancient Castle, to admire...More

Thank GaiaGlobetrotter
Reviewed December 16, 2016

The Moorish castle is one of many beautiful sights in Sintra, definitely one of the most fascinating. It is a breathtaking experience to climb the ramparts, from where the view is overwhelming. The history of the fortification, with all the different people occupying this “eagles...More

Thank Antonio S
Reviewed December 14, 2016 via mobile

Unbelievably unique and worth seeing. You're imagination will go in to overdrive. Be prepared for some serious stairs, but I promise you they're worth it!

Thank Holly G
Reviewed December 12, 2016

Over 2 days we saw 5 Sintra sights and this was one of the top 2. We were here as soon as they opened and it was wonderful since we had the place to ourselves. The skyline is incredible and it's a good place to...More

Reviewed December 12, 2016 via mobile

Amazing experience. Great views and not bad entry price, about €5-7. DO NOT try and walk to the castle from Sintra. Get a. Us, taxi or tuk yuk if you don't have a car. Also bare in mind it's very physically taxing going up and...More

Thank sarismo90
Reviewed December 9, 2016 via mobile

Decided to take a day trip out of Lisbon to Sintra, arrived a little after lunch so didn't want to rush doing too much so we headed straight for the castle. Without much prior knowledge of the area and hating to follow the tourist trap...More

Thank Kirsty12330
Reviewed December 9, 2016 via mobile

The castle of the moors is a very well preserved castle next to Pena park. The view from the highest tower is absolutely fantastic. Be careful with the climb if you go by the wall. I wouldn't recommend it if you are afraid of heights....More

Thank RPereira2008
Reviewed December 5, 2016 via mobile

The weather was beatiful with a sun gorgeous .. the walk to castle in to the forest was very hard but i love that fever ... recomand a walk to go to castle and bus to return.. to go there is extremly simple ..from sintra...More

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Reviewed December 3, 2016

We spent several hours walking in the fog and cold, taking pictures and enjoying the views when the fog cleared. Sintra is a wonderful city to visit.

Thank explorer2955
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May 9, 2017|
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Response from Ahhboo | Reviewed this property |
Due to the one-way road up past the Moorish Castle and Pena Palace, the tourist traffic runs counter-clockwise from the town, a long way up to the Moorish Castle followed soon by Pena Palace at the top, then back down into... More
April 11, 2017|
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Response from Alonso O | Reviewed this property |
The taxis are far less inexpensive than most countries but the trail is even cheaper. Depending on your financial situation and your ability to navigate through the train stations. If it is somewhere that you are not... More
March 15, 2017|
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Response from CCG1982 | Reviewed this property |
Various tour companies will take you there and then to Pena Palace in Sintra. I am not sure if you can reserve a guide on its website though.