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Castle of the Moors - Sintra

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Castle of the Moors - Sintra features in these preplanned City Guides:

5-day Lisbon City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Spectacular views
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Time required: 90 minutes

Web site: http://www.parquesdesint...

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
Apr 1 - Sept 15: 9:30am - 8pm
Oct 16 - Mar 31: 10am - 6pm
January 1 and Dec. 25: Closed


Ticket type Charge
General: 6 €

Public transport:

  • Bus nr.434: Castelo Mouros stop

Address: Serra de Sintra, Capuchos, 2710-609 Sintra

Things you need to know:

  • Moors' Castle is a fortress built by the Moors between the 9th and 10th century on a high hill overlooking Sintra. It offers sweeping views of the surrounding area
  • It is part of the Sintra UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Afonso Henriques, Portugal's first king, conquered the castle in 1147, a major victory in the reconquest of Portugal from the Moors
  • The fortress lost its military importance in the 16th century. It was abandoned and fell in serious decay
  • King Ferdinand II renovated the castle in the 19th century as part of a romantic renovation initiative. The Romanesque Saint Peter Church was intentionally left in ruins
  • Inside the caslte the Moors built a large underground water container that played a vital role when the castle was under siege

What to do there:

  • Walk around and explore the area: the small church, the cistern and the ruins
  • Head to the edge of the hill and walk along on the pathway inside the wall for views of the surrounding area and marvel at the construction itself

Tips & Insights:

  • Discount with Lisboa Card

Castle of the Moors - Sintra features in these preplanned City Guides: