dos Mouros, or the Moorish Castle, is a fortress that was built
above the town of Sintra between the 9th and 10th Centuries.
Crusaders recaptured Sintra from the Moors in 1147, destroying much
of the original fortress in the process.
Only four of the original battlements remain. The castle walls
and towers offer breathtaking views of the Portuguese countryside
and the town of Sintra and the
National Palace of Sintra far below. You can also glimpse
Pena Palace on a neighboring hill.
Visitors to the Castle will see two
walled segments totaling 450 meters in length. Inside the
castle is a centuries old cistern built by the Moors.
View of the
town of Sintra and the National Palace far below the castle