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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 had great views of the castle ruins and wall from Pena Palace but didn't have time to get closer, unfortunately. Next time (Ihopefully)! 
    We had great views of the castle ruins and wall from Pena Palace but didn't have time to get closer, unfortunately. Next time (Ihopefully)!  more »
  • Been to many castles but this one due to the views and dramatic location ranks highly. It is on the top of a hill that has sheer drops on one side and dramatic views on all side. To get to the castle....  more
    Been to many castles but this one due to the views and dramatic location ranks highly. It is on the top of a hill that has sheer drops on one side and dramatic views on all side. To get to the castle....  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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