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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 8 May 2017

We took the bus from town to up near the top of the hill. We bought a combo ticket. We walked some to get to the entrance. Once inside, one can walk up either hill to get to the best view points on the walls...More

Thank fuzzyfred
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

Easy to find from below, but a winding road up. We found it best to take the 434 regional bus from the main circle in Sintra. Bundling this site's ticket with the Pena Palace will also save on admission fees and avoids the lineups. Best...More

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Reviewed 6 May 2017

Expensive at €8.50. To me they should only charge no more than €3.50. It's a castle with spectacular panoramic views but that's it. I would recommend save your money for Palace of Pena at €14. But buy your ticket for Palace of Pena here, you...More

Thank Kongen_af_konger
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

Beautiful castle. Loved wandering around and exploring the castle. Lots of steps so wear decent footwear. The views are breathtaking well worth the climb to the top. X

Thank tjc334
Reviewed 5 May 2017

Decided to hike up the mountain to the top, which I had bused it, not an easy climb. Really loved the views and castle though--made the hike worth the while. Took a Tuk Tuk down though :) The ramparts are nicely preserved, a little scary...More

Thank chococliff
Reviewed 4 May 2017

We went here as part of our visit to Sintra. We got the local bus up as it is a very long walk along small windy roads with nothing that passes as a pavement. We purchased a ticket for entry but quite honestly you did...More

Thank Steve R
Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

Lovely place to visit, interesting history and well preserved Great views of the area from the settlement and ramparts. Well worth a visit.

Thank clivesimpson62
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

We took a day trip to Sintra & visited the impressive Castle of the Moors, built in the 9th century it has an amazing history & the views from the pinnacles are spectacular.

Thank MaryRedshoes
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Magnificent view among the trees. It might be windy and have different weather conditions than in Lisbon. It is a must visit. If you have time, I was told that you should also visit the museum - I did not.

Thank Spyros T
Reviewed 2 May 2017

We saw this place from a distance and looked beautiful. Could not actually venture inside due to lack of time.

Thank docboy
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Sarah C
5 October 2017|
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Response from Jalal I | Reviewed this property |
you got to climb up to see the best view. but the stairs are not too many. in between, u can easily take rest. there is a cafe and restroom inside and also a big spacious sitting place in the centre. however, on your way... More
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
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