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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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  • Average7%
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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

An amazing set of structures dating back to its medieval past, the buildings are sublime and offer fantastic views to the city beneath

Thank Douglas552
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the walking tour up the hill which took us approximately 45 minutes. It was very lush and beautiful and escaped the massive crowds. We went to the information office and they gave us a walking map and pointed us in the right direction...More

Thank annafaz0
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our visit to the Castle of the Moors was really a bit of a mixed affair. The castle itself is very interesting and very picturesque, and there are superb views for miles around, well worth the modest entrance fee. Be aware though that it is...More

Thank Simon T
Reviewed 1 week ago

This castle is definitely worth a visit, or at least stop on your way to Pena and take some pictures. But be warned, its a lot of walking

Thank megagarwal
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The entry fee is 8€. Hike the trail to get to the castle. Great to see all the different castles in the area.

Thank Eva J
Reviewed 1 week ago

A fantastic place to visit both in terms of its history and the views you get out over Sintra and the hills beyond.

Thank Philip C
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the Hop On Hop Off Bus in Sintra and this was our last stop. We had a very scenic uphill hike through a mostly shady path with interesting rock formations up to the ramparts of the castle. Hiking up to the top wasn't...More

Thank pixietrout
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well done to the people of Portugal for seeing the value of this amazing historic site over 150 years ago, and for the more recent restoration and preservation of the castle. We did this tour in conjunction with the nearby royal palace, Palacio de Pena....More

Thank Jerry L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Reminded us of climbing the Great Wall of China only with amazing views of the Pena Castle and lovely gardens within the walls. Best to visit Pena first then walk the road back to the Moors Castle. Get an early start to avoid the crowds...More

Thank seafare74
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In June the Sintra area is crowded so take an early train if visiting​ from Lisbon. We took a 7am train and had breakfast at the Sintra train station. The bus up the hill leaves at 9.05am from train station but its an easy walk...More

Thank DougA67
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Hello All, I am planning a day trip to Sintra and I was wondering how much time should a lot myself to visit the Castle of the Moors? I plan to be there prior to opening hours, and I was also planning to visit Pena Palace, as well as, Quinta da Regaleira... Which site should I visit first, second and last in your opinion?
10 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
I will be visiting Sintra and will be staying approximately 30 in Lisbon (by taxi). Can anyone please tell me if taking a taxi is a good idea? Also, any detailed information about the best way to navigate to Pena place park, Castle of the Moors and Quinta da Regaleira. Any tips are welcome. THANKS!
12 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
On their website they said we can pre-book guide online but I do not see any options. Do anyone know how to pre-book guide or I need to book when i get there?
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.