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Castle of the Moors – tickets, prices, timings, best time to visit, FAQs

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Castle of the Moors is a castle perched on a hill, its stone walls and towers stretching across a green landscape.

Built by the Moors in the 8th century, it has been around for over a thousand years and has a rich history of battles and victories.

Today, this ancient Castle is an important symbol of Portugal’s past.

This article explains everything you must know before booking Castle of the Moors tickets.

What to expect at Castle of the Moors

A trip to Portugal is incomplete without a visit to the Moorish Castle. 

Prepare to walk up the Castle of the Moors for a panoramic view of the Lisbon area and the Romanesque church that has existed there since the Christian Reconquista.

After climbing the castle, you will discover how it served as an outpost for Lisbon.

Tour this spectacular castle that bore witness to Portugal’s colorful past! 

The military fortification also provides evidence of Islamic presence in the area.

You’ll also appreciate the rich vegetation, animals, and spectacular views of Sintra and the Palace of Pena.

You’ll discover why this UNESCO World Heritage Site is compared to the Great Wall of China.

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Where to book Castle of the Moors tickets

Tickets for Castle of the Moors can be purchased online or in person at the attraction.

Online ticket prices tend to be cheaper than tickets at the attraction.

When you buy online, you can avoid the long queues at the ticket counters.

When you book early, you also get your preferred time slot.

Because some attractions sell a limited number of tickets, during peak days they may sell out. Booking early helps avoid last-minute disappointments.

How do online tickets work

Visit Castle of the Moors ticket booking page, select your preferred date, time slot, and number of tickets, and buy the tickets right away.

After making the purchase, you will receive the tickets in your email.

Ticket printouts are not required.

You can enter the attraction by showing the e-ticket on your smartphone.

Castle of the Moors ticket prices

Sintra Castle of the Moors ticket is priced at €8 for all visitors aged 6 years and above. 

Children up to 5 years can get inside the castle for free. 

Reduced tickets for kids six to 18 and seniors above 65 are available onsite.

Castle of the Moors entry tickets

Castle of the Moors entry tickets
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Buy Castle of the Moors skip-the-line tickets and enjoy some of the greatest views of Sintra and beyond.

View Neolithic, Bronze, and Iron Ages artifacts and Moorish building ruins.

Discover the fortress’s history and the Moorish invasion of the Iberian Peninsula.

Ticket Price

Adult Ticket (6+ years): €8
Child Ticket (up to 5 years): Free

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Combo tickets

Combo tickets are a great way to visit two attractions that are usually near each other. 

You can purchase Castle of the Moors tickets in combination with Pena Palace and National in Sintra or Monsterrate Palace

Park and Pena Palace + National Palace + Castle of the Moors

Park and Pena Palace in Sintra + National Palace of Sintra + Castle of the Moors
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Park and Pena Palace in Sintra, National Palace of Sintra, and Castle of the Moors are located within 9 kilometers (5.5 miles). 

So, why wait for another trip to Portugal and visit these attractions?

Book a combo ticket for Park and Pena Palace, National Palace, and Castle of the Moors and explore these attractions on the same day. 

You can save up to 6% on online combo ticket purchases.

This combo ticket will help you discover where the monarchs of Portuguese society lived during the middle ages. 

You will also view the world’s largest collection of Mudéjar Azulejos. 

You will also visit the gorgeous royal hideaway right out of a fairy-tale fantasy world.

Ticket Cost: €30

Park and Pena Palace + Castle of the Moors

Park and Pena Palace in Sintra + Castle of the Moors
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After exploring the Moorish Castle, try to visit Park and Pena Palace in Sintra, a lovingly restored fairy-tale castle.

Park and Pena Palace in Sintra and Castle of the Moors are just 2.2 kilometers (1.3 miles) away.

Immerse yourself in the 500-acre gardens, home to rich plant life, meandering streams, and hidden delights.

See the UNESCO World Heritage site’s history and magnificence.

Ticket Cost: €22

Castle of the Moors + Monserrate Palace

Castle of the Moors + Monserrate Palace
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The Castle of the Moors and Monserrate Palace is 10 kilometers (6 miles) away and can be reached in 20 minutes. 

Get up to a 5% discount on the purchase of combo tickets online. 

You will explore a stunning private house and former chapel at Monserrate Palace.

Dig into Gothic, Moorish, and Indian influences, as well as 19th-century eclecticism, and keep an eye out for unusual plant motifs.

See one of Portugal’s most lovely botanical gardens, complete with a lake, springs and fountains, caves, and plant types worldwide.

Ticket Cost: €15

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How to reach Castle of the Moors

How to reach Castle of the Moors
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Castelo dos Mouros is located in Gibraltar.

Address: 2710-405 Sintra, Portugal. Get Directions

You can take a bus or rent a cab or even drive to reach the castle. 

By Bus

The nearest bus stop is Calçada de São Pedro (Junta Freguesia). From there it takes only 6 minutes to reach the castle.

Board bus number 1252 or 1253 and get off at R Bernardim Ribeiro 4 or Lgo Sousa Brandão (Casa Cantoneiros), which are within 2 km (1 mile approx) from the castle. 

By Car

If you’re traveling in a car, turn on your Google Maps and get started. 

You can find several parking spaces near Moorish Castle. 

Castle of the Moors timings

The Castle of the Moors is open daily from 9.30 am until 6.30 pm.

The last admission to the castle is at 6 pm. 

The attraction is closed on 25 December and 1 January.

How long does Castle of the Moors take

A complete visit to the Castle of the Moors takes one to two hours. 

If you’re a history geek who enjoys visiting heritage buildings, you’ll want to spend more time inside the castle and learn about its dramatic history.

You can explore the attraction as long as you like.

Best time to visit Castle of the Moors

The best time to see Sintra Castle of the Moors is when it opens at 9.30 am.

When you start early, the crowds are still out, and you get the best views in the morning light.

The busiest hours are in the early afternoon (12 am to 2 pm); shortly after everyone has finished lunch in Sintra town, they head up the hills to see the Pena Palace and Moors Castle.

You can also go early in the evening (4 pm to 5 pm) to appreciate the Castle’s beauty as the sun sets.

The Castle of the Moors becomes crowded and stressful on weekends, so plan your visit during the week or arrive early on the weekend.

You can buy tickets till 6 pm at the castle ticket booth. Also, there are automatic ticket vending machines available on site. The ticket office is closed from 12 pm to 1 pm. But it is better if you book your tickets in advance – they are cheaper and you avoid the ticket counter queue.

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FAQs about the Castle of the Moors

Here is a list of frequently asked questions by the visitors before visiting the Castle of the Moors.

How much does the Castle of the Moors tickets cost?

The Castle of the Moors tickets cost €8 for all visitors aged 6 years and above. Children under 5 years do not need to pay, as their entry is free. Book here!

Is a ticket needed to get into Sintra’s Moorish Castle?

The Moorish Castle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Sintra. Thus, getting tickets without preparation could be challenging. If you buy your tickets online in advance, you can tour the ancient castle ruins.

How many steps are there in Moorish Castle Sintra?

This castle contains 450 meters (1478 feet) of strategically positioned fortification and five turrets, one of which is so tall that reaching the pinnacle requires climbing 500 stairs. Visiting the Moorish Castle on your Sintra holiday is a must to soak in the region’s stunning vistas.

Are there any cafes or restaurants inside the Castle of the Moors?

There are three cafes inside the Castle of the Moors. Cafeteria Castle is a cafeteria with a nice patio. The Moorish Castle Guard House has been converted into a café. You can also find a cafeteria at the Visitor Support Center at the castle’s entrance. 

Is a trip to the Moorish Castle worthwhile?

The Moorish Castle offers the greatest views of Pena Palace and the entire town of Sintra and a fascinating tour. This is a worthwhile destination despite being Sintra’s most “ruinous” castle. The breathtaking views from the walls transport you back in time.

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