After stuffing our faces with Travesseiros de Piriquita and other pastries, we climbed a massive hill towards the Castelo dos Mouros (Castle of Moors).
We followed the path up from the National Palace to the top of the hill to the Castle of Moors.
This turned out to be much more of a mission than we anticipated.
We huffed and puffed our way to the top. (According to Apple Health, we climbed 28 floors….whatever that means.)
This is the point that we actually entered the park.
And this is the point that we actually entered the castle.
There was a castle cat that everyone we saw was taking photos of.
And it was so worth it in the end.
From the top of the Castle, there are the most amazing views of Sintra and beyond.
It’s entirely possible that we went up the wrong way….because that hill was brutal. In hindsight, we probably should have considered driving…or taking the €5 roundtrip bus from the middle of Sintra.
We all agreed that it was worth the hike, and we happily paid €3 for a one way trip on the bus down to the city center. The entry fee for the castle was €6.50 and was well worth it. Since they’ve left it as ruins, it’s still very authentic. There hasn’t been much in the way of redoing it, unlike other castles in Sintra.