Castelo dos Mouros.

After stuffing our faces with Travesseiros de Piriquita and other pastries, we climbed a massive hill towards the Castelo dos Mouros (Castle of Moors).

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We followed the path up from the National Palace to the top of the hill to the Castle of Moors.

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This turned out to be much more of a mission than we anticipated.

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We huffed and puffed our way to the top. (According to Apple Health, we climbed 28 floors….whatever that means.)

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This is the point that we actually entered the park.

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And this is the point that we actually entered the castle.

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There was a castle cat that everyone we saw was taking photos of.

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And it was so worth it in the end.

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From the top of the Castle, there are the most amazing views of Sintra and beyond.

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There was a higher part of the castle that basically everyone decided that we just couldn’t do. SO MANY STAIRS.IMG_0074 IMG_0075 IMG_0076 IMG_0080

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.

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