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 ...

    Helps skip the ticket line, although it wasn’t too long at all comparatively to other attractions in Sintra.

  • 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.

    We did not save enough time for the visit (exploring Pena palace took longer than anticipated) and we missed out on seeing the gardens, as they were already closing. I recommend better time management;)

  • 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. 

    Lovely park with lots of different plant species. Monserrate Palace is absolutely beautiful and great for some romantic photos . I only wish that the digital map was more easily available, so the website does need some refining. At the moment you can only find the map, either by searching on the site, or by going to the “Professionals” area and then selecting “Press”.

  • 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...

  • 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, mounta...

    Flexible itinerary, spacious mini van and helpful local guide. We had a great day out in Sintra and Cascais and were picked up conveniently from our Lisbon hotel. Recommended private tour.

  • 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...

    The tour was excellent! Better than we expected! When we stepped out from the cruise ship, Pedro was waiting there, and surprisingly it’s a private tour! Pedro is a very nice tour guide, general and professional! It’s lucky to choose this tour!

  • Sintra: Monuments & Cabo da Roca Self-Drive Tour

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

    From the centrally located meeting point, you can plan and organize your route so you can have the best experience. Explore Portugal's most romantic village and it's wild hills on a self-drive tour to all the monuments and emblematic points of Sintra.  At your own pace, discover the historic town center, Sintra National Palace, Regaleira Estate, Seteais Palace, and the Park and Palace of Monserrate. Drive passed the Sintra Mountain Range to Cabo da Roca, the most western point of Europe, then making your way to the hilltop medieval castle, Castle of the Moors and Pena Palace. Choose where to stop and enjoy the pleasure of driving an eco-friendly electric car ideal to navigate through tight streets of Sintra and explore the beautiful  surrounding region.

    This trip from Villa Tours was our absolute favorite part of our trip to Lisbon! Villa tours was extremely helpful and communicative, contacting us days before our trip to make sure everything went smoothly. They set us up with a beautiful route and the drive in the open air car through the hills around Sintra was amazing. It was great to be able to stop anywhere we wanted, but were also able to see the monuments. We had use of the car for the whole day. Plus, parking, which is hard to find at some stops was a lot easier with this tiny car!! Villa Tours checked up on us throughout the trip and were readily available should we have any issues. We highly recommend this experience for the price and will definitely visit Villa Tours again on our next trip to explore another area! Thank you for an amazing journey through your beautiful area!

  • 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.  ...

  • Lisbon: Sintra and Cascais Tesla Tour

    9. Lisbon: Sintra and Cascais Tesla Tour

    Spend an amazing day out of Lisbon being driven around Sintra and Cascais in a Tesla. Visit amazing places like the Palace of Queluz and the Sintra-Cascais National Park. Start by visiting the 18th century National Palace of Queluz with its beautiful gardens. Explore the village of Sintra on your next stop and enjoy the magical atmosphere of its historic town center. Climb among the mystical forests of Sintra and find the 19th-century Pena Palace at the top of the hill. See how the royal family lived before going on a drive through the beautiful national park to Cabo da Roca. Enjoy coastal roads passing by Guincho Beach, Cascais, and Estoril on your way back to Lisbon.

  • Half-Day Sintra Tour from Lisbon with Transfers

    10. Half-Day Sintra Tour from Lisbon with Transfers

    Spend half a day visiting Sintra, the capital of 19th-century Romanticism and one of the most picturesque destinations in Portugal. Grand architecture, ancient palaces, gardens, and centenary trees await you on this guided tour from Lisbon. You have a choice of landmarks and attractions that can be worked into a 4-hour program: Pena Palace – one of the major expressions of 19th-century Romanticism in the world. The Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal. Sintra village – well known for its many 19th-century architectural treasures. The village has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Castle of the Moors – taken by Christian forces from the Moors after the fall of Lisbon. The medieval castle was an important strategic point during the Reconquista, and classified as a National Monument, part of the Sintra Cultural Landscape, and a UNESCO...

    José is an excellent guide! Very knowledgeable and full of energy. Sintra is really nice and we booked a short trip because the weather was turning bad for the afternoon. Would've totally spent 1-2h longer to visit monuments inside. Next time!

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What people are saying about Castle of the Moors

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,147 reviews

What a great tour! Tomas was an excellent guide and very knowledgeable about Lisbon, Sintra and Cascais, told from the personal view of a lifelong native. It was a private tour in a very comfortable van, so we were able to shape the day to our liking (tasting Port and Ginja? Yes! Going for a great lunch at a local, everyday restaurant? We live in Portugal and know that's where the best food is found at very reasonable prices, so--Yes! Special local pastries from the oldest bakery in Sintra? You betcha!) We saw all the important sites as well as some back streets and hidden treasures. Two of us toured the Pena Palace. One of us was on crutches and Tomas went to great lengths to accommodate her needs as well. All in all, a great day with a great guide. Would definitely go with him again.

Alex was very knowledgable about the history, culture, and architecture of Sintra, Cascais, and Cabo De Raco, which was exactly what we were looking for. 10/10, great day with my wife and an excellent guide! We were able to tailor our trip to spend more time at the locations we were most interested in. Highly recommend.

We were glad to do this first thing in the morning. Most people seemed to start their day with Pena Palace, so the National Palace was pretty empty (though this was surely partly due to lower tourism because of the pandemic).

I used Get Your Guide to beat the crowd for tickets. The price was the same.

An excellent trip with a great guide! Very beautiful place to go visit