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Castle of the Moors (Castelo dos Mouros) Tours

Castle of the Moors (Castelo dos Mouros)
Perched atop Sintra with stunning views to the Atlantic, the 8th-century Castle of the Moors (Castelo dos Mouros) was built by the eponymous people during their reign in Portugal. It fell into disrepair after the Christian conquest, yet the partially restored fortress is a favorite among travelers for its rich history and panoramic views.

The Basics
No Sintra tour is complete without a stop at the Castle of the Moors (Castelo dos Mouros). Built upon the area’s highest hill, the edifice has seen many inhabitants—from the Moors to the Vikings to the nobility of Portugal and even a local Jewish community—throughout its 1,300-year existence. Take a full-day tour from Lisbon and visit the castle as well as Pena National Palace (Palácio Nacional da Pena), Sintra National Palace (Palácio Nacional Sintra), and Quinta da Regaleira to learn about the area’s fascinating history.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Castle of the Moors (Castelo dos Mouros) is a must-visit for history buffs.
  • Book skip-the-line tickets to save time at entry.
  • Be prepared for a lot of walking up steep stairs upon the stabilized ruins.
  • If hiking to the castle, bring comfortable and sturdy shoes, water, and sun protection.
  • The castle is not accessible to wheelchair users.

How to Get There
The Castle of the Moors (Castelo dos Mouros) is about 18.5 miles (30 kilometers) northwest of Lisbon. Take the Sintra train line and then the Sintra-Pena tourist bus 434 straight to the castle. There are also three hiking trails from the Sintra area to the castle, ranging from 45-minute to 1.5-hour walks.

When to Get There
The castle is open daily from 9:30am to 8pm during the summer season and 10am to 6pm during the winter season. Last admission is one hour before closing. Visit early in the day during the summer to avoid the heat.

A Castle Worth the Hike
When visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sintra, it’s impossible to miss the Castle of the Moors (Castelo dos Mouros). Built upon a 1,312-foot-high (400-meter) hill, this medieval stone castle offers some of the best views of Sintra, with Pena National Palace on one side and the Sintra National Palace on the other. The steep hike is well worth the amazing views, and on a clear day, you can even spot the Atlantic Ocean from the King’s Tower.
Address: Sintra, Central Portugal, Portugal
Admission: Varies
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Small Group Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Full-Day Tour

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Discover the highlights of Portugal on this full-day small-group tour of Sintra and Cascais. After meeting your friendly and informative guide, head to the royal village of Sintra. See why this historic and scenic place earned UNESCO World Heritage status, as you stroll its opulent buildings and charming streets. Go deeper when you tour Pena Palace (ticket not included), then enjoy a leisurely lunch. After, continue to the westernmost point of Europe (Cabo da Roca), and the rustic fisherman's village of Cascais. On your way back drive past the coastal town of Estoril. This tour is limited to 15 people or less, for a personal experience.
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Enjoy the wonderful sights of Lisbon Atlantic Coast the cosmopolitan Estoril , the Cascais Bay , the surfers at Guincho Beach and the monumental Cape of Roca - the westerner point of Continental Europe from a Helicopter flight. See the magnificent storybook palaces of Sintra from above on a private 30-minute helicopter flight from Lisbon. Once a playground for Lisbon’s royalty, Sintra’s lush hillsides are home to several extravagant royal abodes. Witness the architectural icons in all their glory as you soar through the air, passing the candy-colored Pena National Palace and the remarkable 18th-century Queluz National Palace, which is often compared to Versailles. Travel in style and comfort on your own private flight. After you will return to the heliport -facing the Tagus estuary and the City of Lisbon with Caparica Beaches at your right and the 25Th April bridge on the horizon - where you will land close to the Port Authority Control Tower a  Pritzker Architectural Award.
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Sintra, Cascais, Estoril, Cabo da Roca: Full-Day Private Tour from Lisbon

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Sintra and Cascais Private Tour with a Local

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Marvel at the picturesque beauty of Sintra on a private half-day tour to the UNESCO-listed town from Lisbon. Alongside your guide, you’ll visit the magnificent Pena Palace and admire the coastal splendor of quaint fishing villages, Estoril and Cascais. Listen to legends about landmarks like Queluz Palace and the Castle of the Moors and explore the charming streets of Sintra Village on a walking tour. Private round-trip transport from your Lisbon hotel is included in this tour.
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See the real Sintra on this private tour from Lisbon. Enjoy the benefits of a flexible schedule and customizable itinerary on this tour that takes you beneath Sintra’s surface layer. Your expert guide will take you to the best points of interest, such as the Palace of Queluz, Sintra National Palace and the ancient Moorish Castle which provides breathtaking views of Portugal. You won’t want to miss a visit to the westernmost point of Europe, Gincho’s dunes, and the stunning Sintra Mountains, before returning to Lisbon.
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$158.34
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Private Monuments Tour in Sintra from Lisbon

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Linger in the picturesque Portuguese countryside during this private full-day tour of Sintra from Lisbon. A UNESCO-listed heritage site, Sintra is famous for it’s National Palace, which you will visit on this tour, and the picturesque Quinta da Regaleira. Your tour will also includes stops at a Moorish Castle and the Pena Palace, where you can learn about 19th century architecture while enjoying the beautiful surrounding landscape. Don’t miss this opportunity to see some of Portugal’s main attractions as well as its under-the-radar finds.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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$235.03
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$235.03
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Sintra - Half Day Private Tour

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Get a comprehensive tour of Sintra, combined with personalized attention and a flexible itinerary, on this private half-day tour. You'll visit both the village of Sintra and the Cascais beach resort, as well as Cabo da Roca. This tour includes private round-trip transportation from Lisbon, which eliminates the need to rent a car.
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  • 4 hours
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$113.81
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If you’ve got limited time in Lisbon, then look no further than this private tour of Sintra’s majestic palaces, ideal for first-time visitors. Travel with ease from Lisbon and take a whistle-stop tour of UNESCO-listed landmarks such as the Castle of the Moors, Quinta da Regaleira, and the spellbinding Pena National Palace. Plus, you’ll visit Cabo da Roca, mainland Europe’s westernmost point. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 5 hours
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$136.07
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