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A symbol of Islamic presence in the area, the medieval Castelo dos Mouros 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. Add Castelo dos Mouros and other attractions to your Sintra trip itinerary using our Sintra trip planner.
Tours To Castelo dos Mouros
Private Tour: Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais Day Trip from Lisbon BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $224
Duration: 7 to 8 hours
Sintra and Cascais Private Tour Half Day BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $105
Duration: 4 hours
Castelo dos Mouros Reviews
Hiked up the mountain via the Santa Mariatrail which starts at the Santa Maria church. It’s a nice forested trail but does require basic condition because of the continuous slope and steps up the... more »
Do not come to Sintra as a day trip. Stay at least one night. We stayed two nights & were glad we did. We really enjoyed the town after the tourists left around 5pm. My suggestion is to arrive for... more »
Normally I'm the kind of person who would rather skip the castle, but this one was fun. It's really old, and there are a lot of cool artifacts. The view is great and the line isn't that bad. It's not as flashy as some of the other castles nearby, but it's way less crowded. I should mention that it's a bit of a hike to get up to it so be ready to walk uphill for a pretty long time.
Absolutely stunning! Lovely afternoon walking the walls and towers..come whatever the weather. The walls are splendid enough without the views
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