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Castle of the Moors

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Wednesday : 9:30am–6:30pm Open

+351 21 923 7300


Sintra, Portugal

38.7926° N, 9.3893° W

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Castle of the Moors (Castelo dos Mouros) history began in the 8th century, when the Moors captured the Iberian Peninsula. They built defensive structures on this hill and built a settlement.

They did this because of the strategically convenient location, as it offered an excellent view of Lisbon, Sintra and Cascais. It was convenient to conduct defense from here, and at the foot of the mountains, the lands were fertile. In 1147, the first king of Portugal - Afonso I began to liberate the Portuguese lands, and the Moors left Sintra.


According to the legend, the Moors surrendered the castle without a fight, as they hoped to return soon. And they hid their treasures in the caves near the castle. In the Sintra mountain range, there are many voids of natural origin. They pierce the entire mountain and lead to the sea. No one ever found the treasure.


The Castle of the Moors was too simple for the royal families, so nobody was living there for several centuries. It gradually collapsed and fell into decay. In the 19th century, King Fernando II bought the lands of the Moorish Castle, as he was constructing his residence nearby - the Pena Palace. He started restoration work and did quite a lot. He restored walls, stopped the destructive process, planted the trees and laid the paths. 

Further in the 20th century, the castle became the property of the state. They carry out extensive reconstruction works and archaeological excavations and inscribe the Castelo dos Mouros on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Be sure to visit this place, as the castle offers stunning views. Besides, awalk along the walls of the tower will take you to the past and allow you to touch the history. It is more than 1000 years old to the past.


Travel Tips:

  • Visit the castle in good, not rainy weather, as the steps on the walls of the castle are quite steep and the slopes are very high and there is a great danger of slipping.
  • It is also better to choose comfortable shoes and take a jacket with you, as it can be windy on the walls of the tower.
  • If you are afraid of heights, then climbing the walls of the tower may not be your excursion.
  • If you plan a visit to several castles in one day, we recommend starting from the Moors Castle and then descend to the Pena Palace.

Working hours:

  • Nov, 1 to March, 27   10:00 - 18:00
  • March, 28 to Oct, 30  9:30 - 19:00

Tickets: 

  • regular ticket - 8€
  • under 18 or over 65+ years - 6,5€
  • children under 5 years - free

How to get there:

  • By bus 434

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