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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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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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Visitors to Parques de Sintra enjoy a 25% discount at the Toy Museum

From now on, when you visit the parks and monuments managed by Parques de Sintra, you automatically qualify for a 25% discount on the price of admission to the Toy Museum. To obtain your discount, all you have to do is present the ticket to…

From now on, when you visit the parks and monuments…

From now on, when you visit the parks and monuments…

From now on, when you visit the parks and monuments…

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1st Congress of the Association of Portuguese Archaeologists visits Pena and the Moorish Castle

  As part of the commemorations of its 150th anniversary, the Association of Portuguese Archaeologists (AAP) paid a visit to the Moorish Castle and the Palace of Pena, on 24 November last year. The AAP is Portugal’s oldest heritage protection association and oversees the management…

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  As part of the commemorations of its 150th anniversary,…

  As part of the commemorations of its 150th anniversary,…

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PARQUES DE SINTRA WINS A WORLD TRAVEL AWARD FOR “WORLD’S LEADING CONSERVATION COMPANY”

Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua (PSML) received today the World Travel Award for the “World’s Leading Conservation Company”, during the official ceremony in Doha (Qatar). These awards, known internationally as the “tourism Oscars” are annually bestowed on the best companies in the world…

Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua (PSML) received today…

Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua (PSML) received today…

Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua (PSML) received today…

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Parques de Sintra forms partnership with TAP

Parques de Sintra has recently signed a protocol with TAP enabling members of its Victoria Programme to exchange air miles for tickets that provide full access to the Park and Palace of Pena. This partnership will remain in effect until 20 December, and TAP Victoria…

Parques de Sintra has recently signed a protocol with TAP…

Parques de Sintra has recently signed a protocol with TAP…

Parques de Sintra has recently signed a protocol with TAP…

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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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