castle. Definitely Moorish.
Overlooking Sintra old town is Castelo dos Mouros, built by the Moors
and captured by Christian forces in 1147. Its ramparts and guard towers
are in great shape thanks to a 19th century rebuild and the whole
place emanates a serene strength and mystery not found in many fortifications.
Maybe it's the trees and shrubs sprouting in and around the structure,
or maybe it's the incredible views, whatever, it's a wonderfully romantic
place and a stunning picnic spot.
Combine this with a walk in the Pena Park, a look at the Palacio
da Pena, the Palacio Nacional de Sintra and the Quinta da Regaleira
in/near Sintra and you will have had a day of Portugal's architectural
splendour that will will not soon forget.
Mafra is nearby, as
is the lovely beach of Guincho.
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