Moorish Castle

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Basic info

Type of attraction

Castle

Portuguese name

Castelo dos Mouros

Location

Castelo dos Mouros, 2710-405 Sintra

Website
Email
+351 219 237 300

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How to visit

Prices

Adult (18 to 64): 12,00€
Young (6 to 17): 10,00€
Senior (over 65): 10,00€
Family ticket (2A + 2Y): 33,00€

Free access
  • Children under 6
Opening times

9:30 am – 6 pm (daily)

Last Ticket & Last Admission: 5:30 pm

Ticket Office closed: 12 pm – 1 pm

Automatic Ticket vending machine available.

Closing days

December 24, 25, 31 & January 1

Location

Castelo dos Mouros, 2710-405 Sintra

Public transports

Lisbon > Sintra:
Train (CP) – Sintra Line

Sintra (train station) > Moorish Castle:
Bus 435

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More details

  • Second Ring of Walls: built by the Knights Templar to enhance the protection of the population surrounding the castle, their goods and activities.
  • Church of São Pedro de Canaferrim: the first parish church of Sintra. Constructed in the 12th century from granite stone masonry. Served as a place of worship until the 14th century. Beginning in 1840, Ferdinand II oversaw its transformation into a romantic ruin. Recently it has been repurposed as the Moorish Castle Interpretation Centre, where visitors can explore exhibits of objects from archaeological excavations conducted between 2009 and 2013.
  • Silos: pits carved into the rock, displaying semi-spherical forms, that were used to preserve food, such as cereals.
  • Tomb: built to bury the mortal remains that were collected when the necropolis was damaged during renovations works led by D. Fernando II.
  • Former Stables: remains of two chambers. It is speculated that they may have functioned as stables. Remnants of Moorish dwelling foundations were found within.
  • Cistern: dates back to the 13th century. Constructed using granite blocks and topped by a vaulted roof. It had a significant water storage capacity.
  • Arms Square: the largest open area within the castle grounds.
  • Door of Betrayal: an opening in the wall that served as a means of fleeing from danger, but also as a potential way in to the enemy.
  • Castle Keep: a tiny fortress housing local authorities, strategically located at one of the highest points.
  • Royal Tower: allows a privileged view over the Pena Palace.
  • Friendship Rock: on the west side of the Castle. It stands as the largest granite cliff in Sintra. Ideal for climbing activities.

1147 – In the aftermath of the conquest of Lisbon and Santarém, Sintra is conquered and handed over to King Afonso Henriques (the first king of Portugal). Until then it was ruled and inhabited by the Moors.

12th-15th century – Islamic Quarter withers and gives way to a christian medieval town. The Church of São Pedro de Canaferrim emerged during this period.

19th century – King Ferdinand II initiates restoration efforts on the castle, revitalizing the medieval allure of the site.

2000 – Parks of Sintra (Parques de Sintra) takes over the management. A series of restoration and improvement works take place.

2009 – Creation of an Archaeological Research Field with the aim of delving deeper into and disseminating knowledge about construction phases and the historical human presence at the castle.

the surroundings

  • National Palace of Pena (950 m)
  • Villa Sassetti (1,5 km)
  • Chalet & Garden of the Countess of Edla (1,6 km)
  • Park & Palace Biester (2,3 km)
  • Cafetaria do Castelo
    10 am – 5:30 pm
  • Meia Pipa Sintra (1,3 km)
  • Villa 6 (1,4 km)
  • Cantinho da Vila (1,5 km)
  • Miranda Restaurant & Terrace Bar (1,6 km)