The Castle of the Moors (Castelo dos Mouros in Portuguese), sits on top of a hill which towers above the village of Sintra

The Castle of the Moors (Castelo dos Mouros in Portuguese), sits on top of a hill which towers above the village of Sintra

A path rises above the village which then goes deeper into the forest of Serra De Sintra

A path rises above the village which then goes deeper into the forest of Serra De Sintra

As these stones show the green moss, it points to the fact that this area is mostly covered in thick fog or clouds in the morning

As these stones show the green moss, it points to the fact that this area is mostly covered in thick fog or clouds in the morning

Looking back at the street, while climbing up to the Moorish Castle (Muslim Castle)

Looking back at the street, while climbing up to the Moorish Castle (Muslim Castle)

A sign beside a door shows the opening hours of this historical monument (ticket price 8) - probably, this door was used by the gurds of the castle in the past

A sign beside a door shows the opening hours of this historical monument (ticket price 8) - probably, this door was used by the gurds of the castle in the past

Looking at the village of Sintra through the lush trees of the forest of the Serra De Sintra

Looking at the village of Sintra through the lush trees of the forest of the Serra De Sintra

As the path was going up, it was becoming harder but it was well worth the effort for it's beautiful views

As the path was going up, it was becoming harder but it was well worth the effort for it's beautiful views

This gate is built in the second defensive wall of the castle - The Moorish castle has two defensive walls, one to form the boundary of the castle and other was used to protect the inhabitants living outside the castle

This gate is built in the second defensive wall of the castle - The Moorish castle has two defensive walls, one to form the boundary of the castle and other was used to protect the inhabitants living outside the castle

A spider has woven its' web at the wooden door of the second walls

A spider has woven its' web at the wooden door of the second walls

Walking beside the second walls of the Moorish Castle - it was a cloudy day but I had to visit the castle today because yesterday was even a worse day than this one

Walking beside the second walls of the Moorish Castle - it was a cloudy day but I had to visit the castle today because yesterday was even a worse day than this one

A small watch tower with a tomb beside it - this tomb was created in the 19th century by King Ferdinand II to house the remains of the necropolis beside the castle

A small watch tower with a tomb beside it - this tomb was created in the 19th century by King Ferdinand II to house the remains of the necropolis beside the castle

Inside this tombs are the bones which may belong to Muslims or Christians, that's why cross and crescent were created above the skull and bones sign

Inside this tombs are the bones which may belong to Muslims or Christians, that's why cross and crescent were created above the skull and bones sign

Main defensive wall of the castle with a extended tower - it is believed that these walls were created between the 12th and the 20th century

Main defensive wall of the castle with a extended tower - it is believed that these walls were created between the 12th and the 20th century

Remains of the Muslim houses - these houses were built on the south-eastern slopes of the hill, here artefacts from the 10th-12th century of Islamic culture were discovered

Remains of the Muslim houses - these houses were built on the south-eastern slopes of the hill, here artefacts from the 10th-12th century of Islamic culture were discovered

An arch is formed by the wall going above the walkway on the slopes of the castle

An arch is formed by the wall going above the walkway on the slopes of the castle

When I arrived at the gate of the castle, it was still closed so I decided to make my way to the Pena National Palace nearby

When I arrived at the gate of the castle, it was still closed so I decided to make my way to the Pena National Palace nearby

The second circle of the walls was created to protect the inhabitants residing outside the castle

The second circle of the walls was created to protect the inhabitants residing outside the castle

This is the map of the Moorish Castle which shows the Monte de the Monte de Lua (Mountain of the Moon) and the walls built on it

This is the map of the Moorish Castle which shows the Monte de the Monte de Lua (Mountain of the Moon) and the walls built on it

A banner hangs on the first defensive wall of the Moorish Castle

A banner hangs on the first defensive wall of the Moorish Castle

Now door was open to let the visitors in and ticket check was done at the gate

Now door was open to let the visitors in and ticket check was done at the gate

A staff member bringing few supplies to the shop and toliet area of the castle

A staff member bringing few supplies to the shop and toliet area of the castle

The Moorish Castle shop has many products on offer and many of them resemble to that of the Islamic culture

The Moorish Castle shop has many products on offer and many of them resemble to that of the Islamic culture

The toilets of the castle was built beside the first wall of the castle and they have wooden outer layers

The toilets of the castle was built beside the first wall of the castle and they have wooden outer layers

Looking at the area of the toilets were built in, might point out to an old reservoir (cistern)

Looking at the area of the toilets were built in, might point out to an old reservoir (cistern)

This is part of the archaeological remains of the castle

This is part of the archaeological remains of the castle

The area itself was in a basement and it was dimly lit, very hard to take photos

The area itself was in a basement and it was dimly lit, very hard to take photos

This is the upper part of the water cistern at the Moorish Castle of Sintra

This is the upper part of the water cistern at the Moorish Castle of Sintra

Chimney like structure provides light to the water cistern beow

Chimney like structure provides light to the water cistern beow

Remains of the Silos beside the walls of the castle - initially they were used as stables but later domestic animlas were housed in here

Remains of the Silos beside the walls of the castle - initially they were used as stables but later domestic animlas were housed in here

Another view of the silos of the Moorish Castle - these structures date back to Arab era of Sinta

Another view of the silos of the Moorish Castle - these structures date back to Arab era of Sinta

At one point in the history of this castle, this was the gate used by the padestrians because main gate was only used on few occasions

At one point in the history of this castle, this was the gate used by the padestrians because main gate was only used on few occasions

Steps leading to the water cistern of the castle

Steps leading to the water cistern of the castle

A wooden platform is built inside the cistern - this cistern could hold 600 cubic meters of water

A wooden platform is built inside the cistern - this cistern could hold 600 cubic meters of water

Walls of the water cistern - legend has it a Moorish king is buried under this cistern

Walls of the water cistern - legend has it a Moorish king is buried under this cistern

Skylight is used to allow natural light into the cistern

Skylight is used to allow natural light into the cistern

Looking back at the entry door and stairs of the water cistern

Looking back at the entry door and stairs of the water cistern

Strange looking stones next to the water cistern, they look like grave stones but there is no record of burial at this site

Strange looking stones next to the water cistern, they look like grave stones but there is no record of burial at this site

One of the reasons to build this castle by the Muslims was to protect the area around Sintra which was very fertile for cultivation

One of the reasons to build this castle by the Muslims was to protect the area around Sintra which was very fertile for cultivation

One of the earliest castle on this site was built by the Muslims in the 8th or 9th century

One of the earliest castle on this site was built by the Muslims in the 8th or 9th century

This small door is known as the Door of Betrayal and it was used to access the outer area during the time of danger

This small door is known as the Door of Betrayal and it was used to access the outer area during the time of danger

On a clear day, this would have been a picture perfect place to visit but it wasn't the case on a rainy day in Sintra

On a clear day, this would have been a picture perfect place to visit but it wasn't the case on a rainy day in Sintra

King Alfonso VI of Castile captured this castle from the Muslims in 1093 but lost it, a year later

King Alfonso VI of Castile captured this castle from the Muslims in 1093 but lost it, a year later

Afonso Henriques and the Christian Crusades managed to capture the castle soon after the Fall of Lisbon (1147)

Afonso Henriques and the Christian Crusades managed to capture the castle soon after the Fall of Lisbon (1147)

Path passes beside the large boulders on the outer walls of the castle

Path passes beside the large boulders on the outer walls of the castle

At the beginning of the 15th century, almost all inhabitants of the castle left and some of them settled in Sintra village

At the beginning of the 15th century, almost all inhabitants of the castle left and some of them settled in Sintra village

At the end of the 15th century only small Jewish community was living at the site of the castle

At the end of the 15th century only small Jewish community was living at the site of the castle

It was meant to have wonderful views of the forest and the Sintra village from this castle

It was meant to have wonderful views of the forest and the Sintra village from this castle

On a calm sunny day, flags are hoisted above these poles - one of the flags have Sintra written on it in the Arabic language

On a calm sunny day, flags are hoisted above these poles - one of the flags have Sintra written on it in the Arabic language

Few stickers placed by the visitors at one of the flag poles

Few stickers placed by the visitors at one of the flag poles

Manuel I of Portugal expelled Jews from the castle and this site was abandoned

Manuel I of Portugal expelled Jews from the castle and this site was abandoned

Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 destroyed much of the walls and battlements

Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 destroyed much of the walls and battlements

Royal Tower of the Sintra Castle - King Ferdinand II of Portugal ordered the reconstruction of the castle and this castle sprung into life once again

Royal Tower of the Sintra Castle - King Ferdinand II of Portugal ordered the reconstruction of the castle and this castle sprung into life once again

Royal Tower was built by King Ferdinand II to enjoy the beautiful views of the Sintra village and the Pena Palace

Royal Tower was built by King Ferdinand II to enjoy the beautiful views of the Sintra village and the Pena Palace

Sintra National Palace seen from the slope of the Monte da Lua

Sintra National Palace seen from the slope of the Monte da Lua

This photo of the Monte da Lua (Mountain of the Moon) was taken from the Quinta da Regaleira and Moorish Castle sits at the top of the hill

This photo of the Monte da Lua (Mountain of the Moon) was taken from the Quinta da Regaleira and Moorish Castle sits at the top of the hill

I zoomed in to get a better photo of the castle

I zoomed in to get a better photo of the castle

The Royal Towers sits on one of the highest points of the castle and large boulders are scattered next to it

The Royal Towers sits on one of the highest points of the castle and large boulders are scattered next to it