Photo: The view from the bottom of the Rapunzel tower at the Castle of the Moors (Castelo dos Mouros) in Sintra, Portugal.
Spain is heralded by tourists as one of the world’s most amazing places. So just think of Portugal as Spain’s underrated little cousin. Not only is the seafood to die for, but Lisbon is one of the most interesting and unique cities is Europe. The Castle of the Moors dates back to the 9th century, when it was built on a hill in Sintra (about an hour away from the city) by the Arab and Berber conquerors of Spain. Today, the castle is still surrounded by luscious forests and greenery. In fact, the best way to picture it would be to think of an ancient tropical forest — that’s exactly what the gardens outside the Moors’ castle look like. Lord Byron was inspired there, christening it “glorious Eden”, and the Portuguese royal family moved in for a while. This place is a UNESCO World Heritage sight for a reason.
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By Sophia Loffreda
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