Castelo de São Jorge - Saint George Castle, Lisbon

The hilltop citadel of Castelo de São Jorge (Saint George Castle) is a fascinating place to contemplate Lisbon’s long history. The site was occupied by the Romans, Visigoths and Moors before being transformed into the Royal Palace in the 14th century. Visitors can climb the towers, walk along the reconstructed ramparts of the castle walls and enjoy extraordinary views over the city and Tagus river. Geese and ducks roam around the castle gardens, which are surrounded by native oak, pine and olive trees.

Perched above the enticing tangle of streets in Alfama, São Jorge Castle has 11 towers and a dry moat. Visitors can explore the museum in the former Royal Palace of the Alcáçova, marvel at archaeological ruins from the 7th century and see Lisbon ‘through the looking glass’ of the periscope in Torre de Ulisses. Also not to be missed is Casa Ogival with its five pointed arches and Olisipónia, a multimedia show about the history of Lisbon. The tiny neighbourhood of Santa Cruz is also tucked inside the castle walls. Take a detailed guided tour to learn more about the castle’s heritage, enjoy the diverse program of arts and cultural events or simply gaze down at the streets of Lisbon from this unique vantage point.

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