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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.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Estrada da Pena | Parque de Monserrate, Sintra 2710-609, Portugal
+351 21 923 7300
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was the highlight of our quick tour of the palaces of Sintra, a genuine marvel on the hilltop overlooking the village. The wind was blowing hard on the ramparts as we walked along the promenade and it felt otherworldly to imagine how the whole...More

Thank Yanis J
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great history to enjoy but crowded. Go early to avoid and the experience will be more enjoyable. Cost was very reasonable.

Thank Tom L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a must visit on your sintra trip. Follow the marked hiking trail uphill of about 2-2.5 kms from sintra town center(3.5 kms from sintra railway station) or take a round trip bus 434 flr 5.5 euros to reach there. The entry ticket is...More

Thank SPSurat
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a rather strenuous walk up and down the Castle of the Moors but it is well worth it for the wonderful views of Sintra below and the Peña Palace. It was very windy though.

Thank Leslie L
Reviewed 1 week ago

The views are absolutely stunning! There is a lot of walking and a lot of stairs so wear good shoes and take water with you.

Thank Vasilev
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We walked from the town to the castle through the woods, the walk was lovely with amazing views of the castle. The walk took us about 45 minutes. The castle mostly consists of the wall with a few towers. We walked the wall which gave...More

Thank Stephen M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not exactly Game of Thrones, but OMG! Extraordinary. You need time... all day in Sintra to see everything. Pace yourself.

Thank steve m
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great to walk around the walls of a a historic medieval castle. Fabulous views. Need to supervise children as limited safety barriers.

Thank johntravelsoften
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This stunning fortress high above Sintra is definitely worth visiting for the views and the sense of achievement. We trekked up the forest trail to the castle and while it wasn't 'hard' it was definitely a route for the fit and able bodied! It took...More

Thank Jeremy E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visit made by the two great drivers we had up and down, don't try to walk, one a red Ford escort convertible (ask about Mongol rally and driving round the world) the other a Tuk-tuk driver(white livery, ask about uni life in Chester!) thought I'd...More

Thank carl_langley
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9 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
11 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.