Castelo dos Mouros
Castle in Sintra
The ruins of the Castelo dos Mouros tower over Sintra and were once a formidable defense for the region during the Moorish era from the 8th to the 12th century. Built on a rocky outcrop, it afforded the Moors a strategic view of the coastline and surrounding lands. However, after the Christian Crusaders stormed the castle in 1147, it was left to decay and become overgrown with the dense forests of the Serra de Sintra hills.
In the serene and natural setting of the castle ruins, King Ferdinand II was inspired to partially restore the battlements and make it a “showpiece” in the grounds of his magnificent Pena Palace. Today, the Castelo dos Mouros remains a peaceful and tranquil destination, providing a refreshing change from the crowded tourist hotspots in Sintra.
Visitors can explore the castle’s ancient battlements, climb the defensive towers, and take in the breathtaking views that once convinced the Moors to build their castle here.
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Visiting Castelo dos Mouros