The Castle of the Moors or Castelo dos Mouros set on top of the majestic Sintra Mountains is one of the most breathtaking destinations in the heart of Portugal. It is located less than 30 kilometres west of the capital, within the charming town of Sintra, and is a wonderful place to discover when visiting the Lisbon region. The Castle is considered by many one of the most spectacular medieval remains in the whole of Europe.
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Map of Castle of the Moors
The following is the Castle of the Moors map which include some of its key attractions such as the Chapel of São Pedro de Penaferrim, the inner walls, the castle entrance, the Castle Keep and various of its towers.
About Castle of the Moors
The Castle of the Moors is perfectly located on a hilltop in the civil parish of Santa Maria e São Miguel in the municipality of Sintra. The castle has a 450 metre perimeter on top of various mountainous cliffs and is surrounded by double walls with a variety of strategically located towers. It was originally built between the 8th and 9th century by the Moors which occupied the Iberian peninsula, and served to protect its mostly agricultural population. It was later took by the Christians shortly after the fall of Lisbon, and became a strategic site during the Reconquista. It is today classified as a Portuguese National Monument, both because of its cultural significance and for its outstanding natural beauty.
Sintra is the town where the Castle of the Moors is located which offers spectacular views over the city from its northern walls, especially from the northern towers and the Castle Keep. The municipality is perfectly located between the Estoril Coastal region and Lisbon, only 28km East from the old city center. Apart from the surrounding Moors remains, Sintra is home to the magnificent nineteenth-century Pena Palace set within the Historic old town, a UNESCO world Heritage site.
Flights to Sintra
The best way to get to Sintra is through Lisbon’s airport , the Aeropuerto da Portela. It is Portugal’s largest international airport serving about 13 million passengers per year. It is home to various known airlines including Star Alliance TAP Portugal, US Airways, British Airways, Air France, Lufthansa, Iberia, Easyjet and KLM, covering an extensive network throughout Europe, Africa and the Americas.
Top hotels in Sintra
Sintra has plenty of excellent value for money accommodations to choose from. The following are some of the best rated 3, 4 and 5 stars hotels in Sintra as voted by the users. To view the full list of available hotels and apartments on specific dates, you may visit our partner site Agoda Sintra smarter Hotel Booking.
Tivoli Sintra Hotel
Praça da República, Sintra, Sintra, Portugal 2710-616
All 77 rooms at this 4-star hotel are tailored to satisfy guests’ needs. Each room includes non smoking rooms, air conditioning, hair dryer, in room safe. For the comfort and convenience of guests, you’ll also find meeting facilities, restaurant, bar/pub on-site. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as sauna, jacuzzi, golf course (on site), kids club at this hotel. Everything the hotel does is centred around the guest’ experience, ensuring comfort and relaxation.
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Quinta De Sao Thiago Hotel
Quinta De Sao Thiago Estrada De Monserrate, Sintra, Sintra, Portugal
There are bathtub, daily newspaper, non smoking rooms in each of the hotel’s well-equipped rooms. This excellent hotel in Sintra also has room service, meeting facilities, shops. The hotel provides superior recreational and leisure facilities including outdoor pool, massage, tennis courts. This charming property has long been a favorite in Sintra for both business and leisure travelers. Book your room now at Quinta De Sao Thiago Hotel via our secure online booking form.
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Quinta Da Vigia Hotel
Rua Da Praia Pequena Nº 20, Sintra, Sintra, Portugal
Every room in the hotel offers guests microwave, hair dryer, shower, television. Other features at the hotel include bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning, meeting facilities. Those looking for first-rate sporting and leisure facilities will find outdoor pool, golf course (on site), tennis courts. Guests will find this service-oriented hotel with superb facilities and amenities provides excellent value. Book your room now at Quinta Da Vigia Hotel via our secure online booking form.
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