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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.
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  • 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 27 March 2017

Restoration was well done and the landscaping is impressive. Awesome views from the top of the castle. We were surprised to see the archeological work that was done and the displays of artifacts and old Moorish dwellings.

Thank Rod V
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

A ruined castle complex affording great views over the countryside, but even when the wind isn't whipping around some of the battlement walks are for the adventurous. Thankfully the higher points have alternative access but be prepared for quite a bit of climbing to get...More

1  Thank SolihullRichard
Reviewed 26 March 2017

The castle reflects the two main cultures and religions which dominated the country over periods of hundreds of years. It is built high up on a mountain top partly as defence but later as a location to be cool in hot summers. It is a...More

Thank Minnx
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

The Castle of the Moors is a treasure. Lots of steps! The views are just amazing. The grounds are gorgeous - flowers and ferns and several friendly cats wondering the property. My phone was deD so I didn't take photos. Look up images. Definitely worth...More

Thank Susie S
Reviewed 25 March 2017

I enjoyed climbing the stone walls of this ancient fort more than the Great Wall Of China. But anyone with mobility or balance issues should know that the climbs are strenuous and the footing is uneven. I noticed that people with less practical footwear, and...More

Thank Marc H
Reviewed 25 March 2017

We took this advice and so glad we did. We learned so much history at this Castle. It is an amazing structure in an amazing setting. Lots of rooms to see, lots of different types of gardens to see as well. A literal micro climate...More

Thank Connie G
Reviewed 25 March 2017

The castle of the moors is located at the top of a mountain with great views over Sintra, and also the Portuguese Atlantic coast, the ocean. It worth a visit, but be prepared to walk a lot, take lots of pictures, and pay a pricey...More

2  Thank Miguel2770
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

My girlfriend and I got here early and we had the place to ourself for about an hour. The views are stunning.

Thank Barry F
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Be prepared for a lot of walking, lots of steps but amazing views, well worth the effort, good footwear recommended, stunning views out to sea

2  Thank Jaki32
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

Ticket is very expensive and actually there is nothing inside there to see except the walls. Walking around the castle walls offers you nice views over the Sintra village. But that's all do not expect more from the castle

1  Thank bio791
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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.