From the historic center of Sintra, you can access the Moorish Castle and also the Pena National Palace through signposted trails. The trails take hikers through the forest, the small watercourses and some gardens and old villages.
Built by the Moors, The Castle of the Moors (Castelo dos Mouros) was built sometime between the 8th and 9th centuries as a symbol of Islamic presence in the area.
This medieval ruined Castle has served as protection from the important trade town of Sintra, and the largely agricultural region around it, from attack.
Visiting this World Heritage Site atop a mountainous cliff, you’ll have great views of Sintra.
One of the most breathtaking aspects of this fortification is the views through the walls.
There are also other interesting ruins found both inside and outside the castle.
In 1840, King Ferdinand II began repairs on the ancient fortress, as to add to the expanding palatial gardens of nearby Pena Palace.
Walls and towers were restored and the surrounding hills were planted with trees, vines, and shrubs while paths and gardens were additionally incorporated into the renaissance styled romantic landscape that the King envisioned.
Today, the fortress is once again majestic in its stately splendor, impossible to miss from every angle in the magical and venerable town of Sintra.
Getting to the castle is easiest by the Sintra tourist bus. But if you are up for an adventure like we did, walk the steep lush mossy forest trail to the castle entrance.
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Time of Year Visited: June 2019