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Castelo dos Mouros, Sintra

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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.
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  • We arrived close to closing time and there were very few people. This was so nice after having spent time earlier in the day at the Pena Palace sandwiched between people. It was fun to walk the walls....  more
    We arrived close to closing time and there were very few people. This was so nice after having spent time earlier in the day at the Pena Palace sandwiched between people. It was fun to walk the walls....  more »
  • The Skip-The-Line Pass I had ended up being worthless, the lack of crowd by the time I arrived after Pena Palace simply not requiring anything like it, but I'm certainly glad I walked over there... 
    The Skip-The-Line Pass I had ended up being worthless, the lack of crowd by the time I arrived after Pena Palace simply not requiring anything like it, but I'm certainly glad I walked over there...  more »
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  • We loved spending a couple of hours climbing the walls of the old castle. It is a workout but the views are spectacular. It was very windy the day we were there, late June, so you may want to take a jacket and something to contain long hair. The entrance was 8€ each for us. There were pretty nice views of Pena Palace from one of the watchtowers.
  • Breathtaking view, worth the admission ticket. Can be really windy! The hiking trail can be tricky as there are parts with mud, but really a rewarding experience - the surrounding greenery is like a heaven on earth.

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