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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About Sophia Loffreda

Sophia Loffreda is a Concordia Journalism graduate, based in Montreal. When she’s not writing or editing for TCP, she works at a Media company, and as a fitness trainer and freelance documentary filmmaker. A self-diagnosed television junkie, Sophia enjoys camera work, photography, layout design, and scriptwriting. She's also working on writing a sitcom with two of her closest and most sarcastic friends. One day they hope to be something like Shonda Rhimes or Tina Fey. Realistic, we know. For now, she’ll settle for reading her bible (Vanity Fair) and admiring genius (Woody Allen). Her other interests include art, pop culture, travel, cooking, reading, soccer, yoga, and running with her four-year-old dog, Charlie.

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