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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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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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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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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…

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

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

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

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Sintra Monuments to switch off lights for Earth Hour

Just as in previous years, Parques de Sintra will be joining in the global environmental initiative Earth Hour 2014, organised by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund). The Palaces of Pena, Sintra and Monserrate, as well as the Moorish Castle (which will be taking part in…

Just as in previous years, Parques de Sintra will be…

Just as in previous years, Parques de Sintra will be…

Just as in previous years, Parques de Sintra will be…

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National Urban Regeneration Award: Tourism

Parques de Sintra has entered two projects for the National Urban Regeneration Award, under the Tourism category: the Moorish Castle and the Pena Farm and Stables.   This award is an initiative promoted by Vida Imobiliária and Promevi, and is intended to reward urban interventions…

Parques de Sintra has entered two projects for the National…

Parques de Sintra has entered two projects for the National…

Parques de Sintra has entered two projects for the National…

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International Monuments and Sites Day in Sintra

From 12 to 17 April, the parks and monuments managed by Parques de Sintra will be celebrating International Monuments and Sites Day with free guided tours (which must be booked in advance) led by the directors of the palaces and specialist technicians who work at…

From 12 to 17 April, the parks and monuments managed…

From 12 to 17 April, the parks and monuments managed…

From 12 to 17 April, the parks and monuments managed…

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Restoration of the second circle of walls at the Moorish Castle

Parques de Sintra has now completed the restoration of the second circle of walls at the Moorish Castle. The work included the recovery of the wall walk that links the Santa Maria path to the Castle’s Guard House, discovered after the cleaning of the wall…

Parques de Sintra has now completed the restoration of the…

Parques de Sintra has now completed the restoration of the…

Parques de Sintra has now completed the restoration of the…

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Top names set to open the “Music Season” at the Palace of Queluz

8 March marks the beginning of the Carnival Cycle of the 2014 Music Season at the Palace of Queluz – Tempest and Galanterie – with Massimo Mazzeo as the artistic director. This first cycle runs from 8 to 29 March and consists of six concerts…

8 March marks the beginning of the Carnival Cycle of…

8 March marks the beginning of the Carnival Cycle of…

8 March marks the beginning of the Carnival Cycle of…

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Points of interest

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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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