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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 yesterday

Fairly limited things to see, but it is a well preserved castle and wall complex. Fairly expensive to enter so you might want to consider if you will pay the full entrance fee, but seeing as you are there maybe it is worth it. I...More

Thank Anthony S
Reviewed yesterday

If you get a chance to visit this castle its well worth the experience. After visiting multiple castles across Scotland and Portugal this was one of the most impressive from both the magnitude, views of the city of Sintra and the ocean. Its quite impressive!...More

Thank Cameron J
Reviewed 3 days ago

Hike to the Moorish Castle! You can pay the E5 for the bus that makes one full circle around the attractions...or you can walk/hike the trail. Do the hike! You definitely need tennis shoes or great walking shoes, but the trail is a very well...More

Thank SarahAndTerry
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Just the drive up is an experience in itself. Beautiful views with a nice walk. Small, local stand where they sell local jam, thea and bread. Absolutely a must to see in Sintra!

Thank Maria G
Reviewed 4 days ago

Full of history and beautiful views! Very exciting to see where the Moors were attacked, and the archaeological sites! Definitely worth the money, but it was VERY windy up on the castle walls. Do bring a scarf for the neck and ears.

Thank NadiaCarvalho
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We took a post lunch walk up and round the wooded slopes to reach this stunning hilltop castle. Well worth the effort

Thank Chris A
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Definitely worth every penny! What a spectacular view. Be sure to bring a sweater with you as the wind can be quite chilly. Also comfortable shoes is a must as there will be a lot of climbing. Daredevils can even go al the way to...More

Thank R.a.w. M
Reviewed 5 days ago

Constructed in the mid-8th during the Moorish period, the Moors Castle occupy the top of mountainous cliff and offer splendid view over the Sintra valley. The fortifications consist a double ring of massive stone walls where sets of steps provide access to the various shape...More

Thank luiza c
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Well worth the short trip out of Lisbon. Beautiful and full of history, great views, plants and furnishing. Lots of walking. Wear your best walking shoes. Some areas are breezy so wear layers of clothes. Rivaled much bigger place!

Thank Ginger0529
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Awesome mountain view but super windy making the tour exciting! Its worth going but the walk up the hill frompena palace was quite tiring. Some people take a tuk tuk.

Thank quickvariation b
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10 May 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
12 April 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
16 March 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.