Price & Hours
- Castles/Palaces, Sightseeing Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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Castelo de São Jorge, or St. George's Castle, is perched atop Lisbon's highest hill in Alfama, offering both excellent history and views of the city. The castle served as a fortification for the Romans, Visigoths and the Moors, who turned it into a royal palace before it was eventually taken by Portugal's first king, Afonso Henriques. The attraction has kept much of the building's relics intact, including canons, which are spread throughout, underground chambers and 18 towers, one of which houses a camera obscura. There is also a restaurant on-site, gardens where wildlife frequently make appearances and an archaeological museum.
Visitors gushed about the incredible views of the city and the sea. But although most were impressed with its quality preservation, many found the attraction to be lacking, as there isn't much to do on-site. They also advised future visitors to wear comfortable shoes, as you'll have to walk up a hill to reach the castle.
The Castelo de São Jorge is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. November through February; from March to October, it welcomes visitors from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission costs 8.50 euros (around $10.50) for adults and is free for children younger than 10 years of age. Family passes, which cover admission for two adults and two children younger than 18, cost 20 euros (around $25). You can reach the attraction from Tram 28, or walk from the two nearest metro stations, Martim Moniz and Rossio. For more information, visit the Castelo de São Jorge's website.
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