Sintra – The Moorish Castle

A few minutes walk from the Palace of Pena are the ruins of a 10th century Moorish Castle. It was built by the Muslim population that occupied the Iberian peninsula and it was supposed to act as as a control tower for the Atlantic coast. It was conquered by the King Afonso Henriques in 1147. In the 19th century the ruins were restored by the King Consort, Ferdinand II.

I really enjoyed the walk from the ruins at the top of the hill to the centre of Sintra. The forest path reminded me of scenery from the Hobbit films. There was a guy playing the flute, busking in the middle of the path and the sound of the flute echoed all around the area. The only things missing were the elves dancing around…

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