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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 good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“pena palace” (301 reviews)
“the bus” (180 reviews)
“amazing views” (119 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 20:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Estrada da Pena | Parque de Monserrate, Sintra 2710-609, Portugal
+351 21 923 7300
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I just love old castles/ruins. This one simply got my heart. Amazing view. Specially around sunset. It is above Sintra, you can see it from every spot. You can easily go there by bus 434 or the tuk-tuk cars.

Thank Gyöngyi G
Reviewed 2 days ago

What a beautiful green scene to walk to the castle ruins and end up with breathtaking panoramas from the various vantage points. Truly something to see!

Thank les s
Reviewed 2 days ago

Castle of the Moors is a must in Sintra! Sintra is an easy train ride away from Lisbon, and much of it is walkable upon arriving. There is also the 434 & 435 buses for rides (inexpensive to use). The Castle of the Moors sits...More

Thank 3yoders
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Amazing place, great views. Unlike in UK castles, you can go wherever you like on this site. Might be scary with younger kids though!

Thank Laseracer2
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

6 hours trip wasn't enough for us, we would have seen more..We will definitely go back here someday!

Thank Dam T
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great views, really easy to read and understand interpretations. Be prepared to Walk A lot! Also- the breeze was cold even though it was a hot day- maybe bring an extra layer.

Thank Catherine N
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We liked this castle visit as much as Pena Palace. While there's not a lot of preserved artifacts or interior here, the walk from the entrance is pleasant and the climb up to the towers is fun. If you can, visit in the evening when...More

Thank MadtownChris
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was amazing. A beautiful national park with terrific views, historic remains. I would definitely recommend coming here. Half of the park is free, so you could wander around that, but it's best to go into the park to see everything properly. Some difficult terrain,...More

Thank Camilla W
Reviewed 6 days ago

An incredible castle with spectacular views and interesting look back back at its past. A very long walk to the top but worth it!

Thank darren1991
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Castle was indeed ruins, just walls and walkways left. It was incredibly windy (which made it cold). I climbed to the top of the battlements, and I thought going up was bad, but coming down seemed harder. Lots of uneven, different size steps. Then...More

Thank Moeandpumpkin
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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.