Castle of the Moors

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Sintra: Castle of the Moors Fast Track Ticket

1. Sintra: Castle of the Moors Fast Track Ticket

The Castle of the Moors was classified as a National Monument in 1910 and it also forms part of the Sintra Cultural Landscape classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Site in 1995. It soars 412 m above sea level and looms high above the surrounding forest.  The 10th-century Moorish castle’s dizzying ramparts stretch across the mountain ridges and past moss-clad boulders the size of small buses. The best walking route here from Sintra-Vila is not along the main road but the quicker, partly off-road route via Rua Marechal Saldanha. The steep trail is around 2 km, but quiet and rewarding.  Once you reach the castle, the views over Sintra’s palace-dotted hill, across to the glittering Atlantic are breathtaking. Along the walkways, you can admire the unique landscape that in the foreground features Sintra town and its town hall, the Palace of Pena and the hills. In the background, admire the extensive plain running northwards and the Atlantic Ocean.

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National Palace of Sintra and Gardens Fast Track Ticket

2. National Palace of Sintra and Gardens Fast Track Ticket

Explore 1,000 years of Portuguese history with a skip-the-line entry ticket to the National Palace of Sintra. Enter the historic monument, first built as a Moorish castle after the Umayyad conquest of Hispania in the 8th century. Follow in the footsteps of the first king of Portugal, who extended the fortress in 1147. Marvel at how later extensions made use of the natural landscape as you admire the Manueline and Mudejar designs of the interior courtyards and discover windows with surmounted arches and walls covered in glazed tiles of geometric patterns.

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Sintra: Monserrate Palace and Park Skip-the-Line Ticket

3. Sintra: Monserrate Palace and Park Skip-the-Line Ticket

Four kilometers from Sintra’s historic center is the unique Monserrate Palace, located in the center of a beautiful 30-hectare park. The Park and Palace of Monserrate were included in the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, which was been classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Site in 1995. The 19th-century castle is known not only for its unique Moorish-Gothic-Indian style architecture but also for its surrounding gardens.  Over the years, the gardens have welcomed plant species from all over the world. In the various gardens, you will find surprisingly contrasting scenery, from tree ferns from Australia and New Zealand, to agaves and yuccas from Mexico. Seek out the Himalayan rhododendron and the bamboo-fringed Japanese garden abloom with camellias. Enjoy a stroll along the paths and discover ruins, lakes and waterfalls. 

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Queluz National Palace & Gardens Skip-the-Line Ticket

4. Queluz National Palace & Gardens Skip-the-Line Ticket

Take a short trip from Lisbon to discover the National Palace of Queluz and its historical gardens. Escape the hustle of the city, just 12 km from Lisbon, and relax in this picturesque setting. Benefit from a skip-the-line ticket, heading straight in on arrival. Explore the Palácio de Queluz which was once a hunting lodge, converted in the late 1700s to a royal summer residence.  See the evolution of the Court’s tastes through 18th and 19th centuries, seeing evidence of Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassicism. Wander through the surrounding  queen-of-hearts formal gardens, with oak-lined avenues, fountains and an azulejo-lined canal where the royals went boating. Discover the complicated family history with a scheming Spanish daughter-in-law and eccentric British visitors. Imagine the splendour of the royals in this palace as you walk through the gilded, mirror-lined Throne Room and Pedro IV’s bedroom where he slept under a circular ceiling, surrounded by Don Quixote murals. Enjoy a break and a delicious meal in the palace’s vast kitchens, that is now house a palatial restaurant, the elegant Cozinha Velha, where you can feast on original palace recipes such as the steamed Dover sole. 

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Secrets of Sintra and Cascais Private Tour

5. Secrets of Sintra and Cascais Private Tour

Travel along the Marginal Avenue, a winding waterfront road with sweeping views of the Tagus River and the Atlantic Ocean. You will see beautiful views, white sandy beaches, fishing vessels, ancient fortresses and old mansions. Passing by Estoril, you'll see the largest casino in Europe. At Cascais, take your time to walk around the scenic fishing village and a former vacation destination for the Portuguese Royal family. Bask in the narrow alleys and see the traditional Portuguese white houses, the stunning beaches and relaxing shores. Get sweeping ocean views from Cabo da Roca, the most western point of Europe. This place, “where the land ends and sea begins”, mastering the turbulent waters up to 140-meters high crushing loudly against the rocks offers a beautiful view of the wild coastline. Get your camera ready because Cabo da Roca is a real-life postcard. Sintra is a magical, mountainous villa where all monuments have a majestic architecture full of stories and unraveling mysteries, stunning Gardens, centenary trees and ancient castles await you! But first you will be taken throw the historic center where you will see the traditional Portuguese narrow streets and take pictures of the mesmerizing medieval National Sintra palace and its iconic chimneys. Quinta da Regaleira, one of the most romantic places on planet Earth. The property has 4 hectares of luxurious gardens, an impotent palace with surrounding towers, a Chapple, enigmatic grottoes and countless mysteries and secrets for you to discover. Passing through the Seteais Palace, you will see this neoclassical palace which is now a luxury hotel, restaurant and a tourist attraction included in the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Many famous personalities such as Agatha Christie, Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, and Johnny Deep have stayed at this fantastic place. Pena Palace, an extravagant palace built on top of the mountain at 500 meters of Altitude dominates the whole of the coastline and is truly an image taken from a fairy-tale. This building is a mixture of Moorish and Manueline, architecture and is definitely a most see in Sintra. At the end of your day of guaranteed adventures you'll be dropped off back at the place you initially met. But before you return, have a taste and experience the most delicious traditional wine (not available on Sundays) and finger food.

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From Lisbon: Half-Day Sintra & Cascais Private Tour

6. From Lisbon: Half-Day Sintra & Cascais Private Tour

Discover Sintra, known for its many 19th-century Romantic architectural monuments, which has resulted in its classification as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Surrounded by the mountains which gave its name to the town, a granite massif ten km long emerges abruptly between a vast plain to the north and the northern margin of the Tagus River estuary. Walk through the historical village center, enjoy its natural beauty and visit its most proeminent landmarks: the Pena Palace, the Moorish Castle, the Regaleira and Monserrate Palaces. Crossover the mountain to visit the westernmost point of the European mainland and look beyond the Atlantic. In the so-called "Portuguese Riviera," discover the city of Cascais and its old town center as well as Estoril, popularly recognized for the Casino Estoril, widely regarded as the Europe's largest casino. Then go by seashore road to Lisbon center and see where the Atlantic meets the Tagus River. The tour is private and available in several car classes: standard, standard van, premium, luxury van and luxury. 

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Private Sintra Tour with Wine Tasting & Moorish Castle

7. Private Sintra Tour with Wine Tasting & Moorish Castle

The first stop is the fantastic Palace of Queluz, built in the 18th Century, which was the official royal residence of the king D. Pedro IV of Portugal.  Visit the beautiful and historic town of Sintra, a UNESCO world heritage site. Discover the picturesque streets, Sintra National Palace, the fountains, the churches, chapels and shrines. Climb to the Moorish Castle (Ticket Included) where the construction of the first sections of its wall dates from the 8th and 9th century. From the castle, you can enjoy a fantastic view of the whole region. It can’t be missed! The next stop is Quinta da Regaleira, one of the most amazing monuments of Sintra. This place is one of the most startling, magical, and mysterious in the area. Explore its tunnels, mazes, and its riddles and symbols that are reminders of the mythology of Olympus, Virgil, Dante, Camões, and of the Knights Templar of the Order of Christ. Next, stop in Colares in the cellars of Adega regional de Colares to have a tasting of the best regional wines. Discover the most western point of continental Europe. From the cliff tops, enjoy the fantastic view of the beaches and the sea. From the road near the coast, you can gaze at the beaches and the beautiful towns of Estoril and Cascais. On the way back, have the chance to enjoy this unique beach with its famous dunes. A real sanctuary for surf, windsurf, and kitesurf.  And of course you can’t leave without visiting the charming town of Cascais. This former fishing village used to be a royal getaway. Nowadays it still is one of the most attractive destinations for the Portuguese and foreign elite thanks to all that it has to offer: boutiques, restaurants, hotels, beaches, and much more.

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Sintra: Jeep Tour of Regaleira, Cabo da Roca, and Cascais

8. Sintra: Jeep Tour of Regaleira, Cabo da Roca, and Cascais

Climb aboard a vintage Portuguese 4x4 Jeep and get ready for an unforgettable adventure that will tackle the best of the Sintra region. Discover some of the secrets and mysteries of Sintra, see the most beautiful monuments of the region and escape all common tourist traps by going off-road on a fun and cultural experience. You will start your day being picked up at the meeting point and travel directly to Quinta da Regaleira, a palace filled with mystery, metaphors, and underground tunnels. Enjoy an informative, guided visit here. After the visit, you will have an overview of all 5 palaces and the 8th-Century Moorish Castle as you drive. You'll also pass by the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park.  On the way to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point in mainland Europe, take hidden paths through the park and break at impressive scenic viewpoints to see the beauty of the Portuguese coastline.  At Guincho Beach you'll have the chance to taste the typical, local century-old recipe "Travesseiro" pastry and homemade "Ginja" drink. You will finish your tour around 4.30 PM at the beautiful beach town of Cascais.

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Sintra: Monuments & Cabo da Roca Self-Drive Tour

9. Sintra: Monuments & Cabo da Roca Self-Drive Tour

Together, we will plan and organize your route on the GPS to the places you would like to see. Discover all Sintra's monuments and best spots on a self-drive tour. You can drive to the highest point of Sintra, Peninha, passing through the forest, for an amazing view of the region. Head to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Europe, or explore the beautiful beaches of Sintra's coast. This experience is the only one that allows you to have total autonomy to really know Sintra on your way and at your own pace. You drive by yourself in a really fun little electric car for 2 people. Explore the beautiful mountains and monuments and get to know the beautiful beaches and the eastern point of Europe, Cabo da Roca. Stop for lunch or a walk in the woods. The local guides help you find the correct route to follow and give you the best advice for a perfect day in this magical region. Before you go, we plan and organize your tour according to your interests. It can be the village, the 7 palaces, the beaches, Cabo da Roca and the natural park. If you don't know where to go yet, don't worry! You will have complete tourist assistance to get the best of Sintra. Choose where to stop or visit and enjoy the pleasure of driving an eco-friendly electric car ideal to navigate through the tight streets of Sintra, explore the beautiful surrounding region and have a lot of fun.

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Sintra: Twizy E-Car Rental with GPS Audio Guide

10. Sintra: Twizy E-Car Rental with GPS Audio Guide

Enjoy the flexibility and freedom to explore Sintra the way you want with this Renault Twizy e-car rental and GPS audio-guided tour in one. As you drive, learn about Sintra’s iconic sights from your audio guide that’s available in 7 languages and equipped with free Wi-Fi. The journey in your Twizy e-car starts with a presentation and explanation of routes. After learning how to operate the vehicle, set out on your discovery of Sintra. When you pass monuments along the route, learn the story or legend behind them from your audio guide. Take advantage of a route map with information on where to park and where to take the best photos. During the tour, decide when and where to stop and for how long. Sights along the tour route include: • Sintra’s historic center • Sintra National Palace • Moorish Castle • Pena Palace • Miradouro da Vigia (three hills, three castles) • Quinta da Regaleira • Seteais Palace • Monserrate Palace and Park • Cabo da Roca Rest assured knowing Twizy has the Clean & Safe seal, awarded by Turismo de Portugal.

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What people are saying about Castle of the Moors

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,225 reviews

It is worth it to visit the Moorish Castle. We went in inclement weather and our views were obstructed by fog, but we got a wonderfully eerie experience walking in the ruins amongst the fog. It is amazing to see the handiwork and marvel at the history.

Tiego was lovely, very kind and patient and gave us tidbits of information throughout our drive. He was punctual picking us up and the car had the booster seat we requested for our toddler. Would book again and recommend this service to others!

Our visit was in December, so not as crowded as in the summer but the ticketing process was easy as could be

We had a wonderful trip. Ruben give us a nice introduction and service. Definitely recommended.

a beautiful fortress that is less quiet than the main attractions in Sintra.