The Castle of the Moors is believed to be built by the Moors sometime during the 8th and 9th century after they invaded the Iberian Peninsula.
The castle stood as a fortitude to protect the city of Sintra. Once Portugal gained their independence, the castle lost its relevance and after a fire in 1636 and an earthquake in 1755, it was left in disarray until King Ferdinand II set out to restore it in the 19th century. Today, the Castle of the Moors is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a popular tourist attraction.
The walk up to the tower is quite steep, so many visitors choose to take the Sintra tourist bus to the top. Here, visitors will be treated with spectacular views that in some areas expand out to the Atlantic Ocean.
Visitors can also enjoy lush gardens, cobblestone pathways, and a self-guided walking tour.Places nearby:
Pena Palace: an exquisite manifestation of Portugal’s architectural power 0 km / 0 mi
Quinta da Regaleira: Sintra's Grand Residence 0 km / 0 mi
Pena Park: A Beautiful and Well-Designed Forest 0 km / 0 mi
Boco do Inferno Cliffs: Bringing You Close to the Sea 11 km / 7 mi
Things to do in Ajuda, Portugal 18 km / 11 mi