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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  • Basically yes you can drive to Sintra. We drove from Lisbon and parked in an area not far from the train station. Parking is free if you go on a Sunday. Then walk to the Sintra station and get a day.....  more
    Basically yes you can drive to Sintra. We drove from Lisbon and parked in an area not far from the train station. Parking is free if you go on a Sunday. Then walk to the Sintra station and get a day.....  more »
  • We caught an electric car from bottom direct to the castle. E7.50 each. Well worth it to save the climb up. Enough climbing up the steps and around the ramparts and then walking through scenic... 
    We caught an electric car from bottom direct to the castle. E7.50 each. Well worth it to save the climb up. Enough climbing up the steps and around the ramparts and then walking through scenic...  more »
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  • Not much to see because it's so decayed, but still an important piece of local history. You do have to use lots of imagination to see it as it once was. Some diagrams, plaques, or artistic renditions depicting what life there was like and explaining its tactical significance would have helped.
  • This lookout castle is in great shape. You can climb all the ramparts on the lower and upper towers, which afford wonderful views of the area. I loved seeing how the castle is built in and around the rock outcrops of this mountain. There's not a lot of signage, but it does have some. No museum, but a snack window with the basics, including prepared sandwiches.

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