Sintra on the routes of the Vikings
Discover the FASCINATING HISTORY OF SINTRA on a JOURNEY ALONG THE ROUTES OF THE VIKINGS. Sintra, a castle built by the Moors, taken by the Vikings, and conquered by the King of Portugal. In 1109, Sigurd, a young Norwegian king, who was on his way to the Holy Land, attacked Sintra and its castle. This allowed Count D. Henrique (father of the first king of Portugal) to occupy Sintra shortly thereafter. In other words, there may have been an alliance between the King of Norway and the King of Portugal.
“Alto da Vigia” (the first archaeological discovery made in Portugal) is a small hill that is located next to Praia das Maçãs, by the mouth of the river of Colares, that was once a Roman sanctuary, dedicated to the Sun and the Ocean. It is here also where the Viking landing took place in 1109.
In their long and distant expeditions, the Vikings had to use temporary support points along the Atlantic and Mediterranean coastal strip. The extensive and sheltered bay of Cascais was possibly one of the places used by the Vikings to support their navigation.
After visiting the Moorish castle in Sintra “Castelo dos Mouros”, we proceed to “Alto da Vigia” and then to Cascais.