Moors Castle, Sintra

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  • Address: Serra de Sintra, Capuchos, 2710 Sintra, Portugal
  • Timings: 09:30 am - 08:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +35121-9237300
  • Ticket Price: 6 EUR
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Castle, Historical Site, Picnic Spot
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About Moors Castle, Sintra

Moors’ Castle or Castelo dos Mouros (as it is locally known) is a medieval castle located on top of a hill. It was constructed in the middle of the 9th century when Portugal and Spain were under Islamic rule. In early 12th century it was seized by Afonso Henriques and his Christian army. Due to its location, it served as an important strategic point of defence for the region. A chapel was constructed as part of the Castle which served as the Parish for the town of Sintra. Further expansions to the Moors’ Castle were also made by later inhabitants.

By the early 1800s, the Moors’ Castle lay in complete ruin. It was the eye of King Ferdinand II that saw value in the sight and commissioned an expensive restoration. Today, it is a monument of national importance in Portugal.

The Moors’ Castle offers breathtakingly brilliant views of Sintra. The Castle premises have a tourist area which can be used by visitors for a picnic.

Visitors can explore the Castle by themselves. The area is covered with ruins of older structures. Some of the prominent features of the Castle are a huge underground cistern, the chapel and five towers.

At the hillside of the Castle, visitors can take a zip line between platforms built on trees and experience the Sintra forest from above. This includes a guided tour into the forest.

Guided tours of the Castle are available.

Moors Castle is one of the premier tourist destinations of Sintra and even Portugal. Apart from its excellent architecture, the castle also enjoys a terrific view thanks to its superb location. Moors Castle ticket prices are moderately priced but usually have long queues which makes it more sensible to buy tickets for Moors Castle online in advance. Tickets for Moors Castle can also be grouped with other tour offers to make combo packages. You can also find attractive offers on such Moors Castle tickets.

Moors Castle Information

  • The area tends to be cold in summer months too. Rains are common.
  • It is possible to hike up to the Castle, the distance being 2 km from the train station.

Moors Castle Ticket Prices

  • If you hold a Lisbon Card, you can avail discount on the ticket price.

How To reach Moors Castle by Public Transport

  • By Bus: Castelo Mouros Stop - 434

Restaurants Near Moors Castle

  • Porto Dos Sentidos
  • Restaurante Cantinho da Sao Pedro
  • Maria A Fonseca Costa 

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Things to Know Before Visiting Moors Castle

  • 95% of people who visit Sintra include Moors Castle in their plan

  • 38.68% of people start their Moors Castle visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Moors Castle

Monday, Thursday and Saturday

94.13% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Moors Castle

People normally club together National Palace Of Sintra and National Palace Of Pena And Pena Park while planning their visit to Moors Castle.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Moors Castle, Sintra Reviews

  • I did not pay the entrance fee to go inside the castle, which I regret. The walk up to the main gate is a must-do. There is good written information along the path explaining history and pointing out tombs, towers, and silos. Each bit of information was worth reading. I would recommend paying to go inside. It is less busy than the Pena Palace which is nice. Considering how much information was given outside the gate, I would imagine that paying to go inside is worth it.

  • Fantastic place, interesting history and the views are just sublime. The Moorish Castle/fort from the Midddle ages is a fantastic example. The forts points of interest are well appointed with good signage and information points. The views are the best part of this Castle with fantastic views of the coast on 1 side and great views of the river on the other. I was here in November and we had all seasons that day. Great views when it was sunny but it was also great when the fog set in, kind of magical.

  • Beautiful place and a great combo trip for the day when combined with Pena Palace and the gardens. You'd really have to be careful in some spots with young kids as there are no or limited railing on some of the climbs up the castle walls. Take a lunch and enjoy the amazing views.

  • Bring comfortable trainers and plenty of water, there is a lot of walking involved and walking in the heat is very challenging! Its worth the hike, the views that you get are mind blowing! We managed to get lost a few times, but all we did was ask locals who where all happy to help us out! Definatily a highlight to our Lisbon trip and a place that will remain in my heart!

  • The history in these ruins! We could have spent a whole day just waking around here and enjoying the skyline. There is so much information to learn and sights to see. Wear great walking shoes and don’t forget your camera.

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