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The view from the top of the Moorish castle is superb

James Edward Alexander, Sketches in Portugal during the Civil War of 1834

Sintra has two extremely sturdy castles

Al-Bakrî, 11th century (source: Al-Himyarî, Arab geographer and historian)

Moorish Castle

Visitors to the Moorish Castle can walk around the fortress amid huge boulders and sheer cliffs, admiring the views over a unique landscape stretching all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Located on one of the hilltops of the Serra de Sintra, this irregular-shaped fortress was built in around the 10th century after the Muslim conquest of the Iberian Peninsula. It was subsequently enlarged during the Christian reconquest.

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“Cintra’s Glorious Eden” in the Great Hall of the Palace of Pena

The first performance in the cycle “Musical Evenings in the National Palace of Pena” takes place on December 21st and entitled “Cintra’s Glorious Eden” with a concert by Trio Aeternus at 9.30pm preceded by a conference. Both the concert and the conference are presented by…

The first performance in the cycle “Musical Evenings in the…

The first performance in the cycle “Musical Evenings in the…

The first performance in the cycle “Musical Evenings in the…

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Information: shorter opening hours for the festive season

The parks and monuments under the management of Parques de Sintra are to operate a shorter timetable during the festive season. On December 24th and 31st, sites close at 3pm with the last tickets sold at 2pm. On December 25th and January 1st, sites are…

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The parks and monuments under the management of Parques de…

The parks and monuments under the management of Parques de…

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Parques de Sintra wins the World Travel Award for the “World's Best Conservation Company” for the second time

Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua (PSML) picked up, and for the second consecutive year, the World Travel Award for the “World’s Best Conservation Company” during its annual gala in Anguilla (Caribbean). These awards, internationally recognised as the “Oscars of tourism”, are attributed annually…

Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua (PSML) picked up,…

Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua (PSML) picked up,…

Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua (PSML) picked up,…

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"Musical Evenings in the Palace of Pena"

From December 21st to February 14th, Parques de Sintra and CEMSP – the Centre of Portuguese Eighteenth-Century Musical Studies present the cycle “Musical Evenings in the Palace of Pena”, taking place in the Great Hall. Each one of the four sessions includes a concert at…

From December 21st to February 14th, Parques de Sintra and…

From December 21st to February 14th, Parques de Sintra and…

From December 21st to February 14th, Parques de Sintra and…

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Parques de Sintra nominated for the "World's Leading Conservation Company" at the World Travel Awards

Voting for the World Travel Awards (WTA) has already been opened and any member of the public may now cast their vote for the best institutions in the tourism sector worldwide. Parques de Sintra was nominated for the third time in what are considered the…

Voting for the World Travel Awards (WTA) has already been…

Voting for the World Travel Awards (WTA) has already been…

Voting for the World Travel Awards (WTA) has already been…

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Video relay with sign language for the deaf

Parques de Sintra has recently launched a video relay service (with interpreter) for deaf people through a partnership with Serviin. This service enables deaf people to contact Parques de Sintra through an interpreter (via video relay), who communicates using Portuguese Sign Language and provides information…

Parques de Sintra has recently launched a video relay service…

Parques de Sintra has recently launched a video relay service…

Parques de Sintra has recently launched a video relay service…

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Accessible tourism in the Parks of Sintra

The “Parques de Sintra Welcome Better” project is underway to improve access to the parks and palaces that are managed by Parques de Sintra, turning them into an example of best practice for accessible tourism and equal access to natural and built heritage. This project,…

The “Parques de Sintra Welcome Better” project is underway to…

The “Parques de Sintra Welcome Better” project is underway to…

The “Parques de Sintra Welcome Better” project is underway to…

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Entries to IGPOTY 2014

Entries are open for submissions to this year’s “International Garden Photographer Of The Year” (IGPOTY) award. This is the world’s leading photography competition specialising in gardens, plants, flowers and botany and open to both professional and amateur photographers. Anybody interested in participation has only to…

Entries are open for submissions to this year’s “International Garden…

Entries are open for submissions to this year’s “International Garden…

Entries are open for submissions to this year’s “International Garden…

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Award for the best nature pictures of Sintra

Currently ongoing is the BIO+Sintra Project photography competition with the objective of finding the best in the natural values of the Sintra hills. The competition is open to the participation of both amateur and professional photographers who wish to submit pictures of nature taken in…

Currently ongoing is the BIO+Sintra Project photography competition with the…

Currently ongoing is the BIO+Sintra Project photography competition with the…

Currently ongoing is the BIO+Sintra Project photography competition with the…

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Canopy Sintra returns to the Moorish Castle hillside

The “Sintra Canopy – the forest viewed from above” slide activity along the Moorish Castle hillside, reopened on April 12th and continues to be a success. The aerial route, which does not require physical effort or particular skill, can be made by any person over…

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The “Sintra Canopy – the forest viewed from above” slide…

The “Sintra Canopy – the forest viewed from above” slide…

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Archaeological Research

Archaeological work carried out at the Moorish Castle by Parques de Sintra.

Archaeological work carried out at the Moorish Castle by Parques…

Archaeological work carried out at the Moorish Castle by Parques…

Archaeological work carried out at the Moorish Castle by Parques…

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