Castelo dos Mouros
Parque da Pena
Nearly topped by King Ferdinand II's whimsical Palácio Nacional da Pena (only Cruz Alta, at 528m, is higher), these romantic gardens are...
Palácio Nacional da Pena
Rising from a thickly wooded peak and often enshrouded in swirling mist, Palácio Nacional da Pena is a wacky confection of onion domes,...
Museu Anjos Teixeira
Set in a former watermill, this small museum displays works by the father-and-son duo of Anjos Teixeira – two of Portugal’s greatest...
Fonte da Pipa
A tiled bar, this has craggy, cave-like rooms and comfy seats. A Sintra mainstay.
This busy cafe is a popular destination for inexpensive bites as well as Sintra's famous queijadas (sweet cheesecakes) and travesseiros...
Castelo dos Mouros information
Soaring 412m above sea level, this mist-enshrouded ruined castle looms high above the surrounding forest. When the clouds peel away, the vistas over Sintra’s palace-dotted hill and dale, across to the glittering Atlantic are – like the climb – breathtaking.
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 2km, but quiet and rewarding.
Tickets and info are available at the entrance .