Peering majestically over the city, the Castel de São Jorge holds a high ranking spot on the list of Lisbon must-sees. Inside the walls of the castle, history is combined with artistic statues, serene gardens, and even wandering peacocks! In our opinion, it is the perfect attraction for anyone who has just arrived and wants to find an optimal observatory for viewing the city whilst, at the same time, heading straight to the heart of historical Lisbon.
We’ll keep it brief as we’re sure you won’t skip out on any of the abundance of information available at the Castle, but the history of the site of Castelo de São Jorge is a truly fascinating one with its’ human occupation dating back to at least 8th century BC. The Castle itself along with a neighbouring archaeological site provide evidence for multiple significant historical eras in Lisbon; including clues to the first known settlements, remnants of the Moorish era, and ruins of the last palatine residence. Today, Castelo de S. Jorge is not only somewhere to discover Portuguese history, but a peaceful oasis of nature. Aside from its’ extensive past, it is a site of natural wonder as one of the only remaining green spaces in Lisbon with primary native species of Portuguese forest.
Located: At the top of São Jorge Hill.
Transport: If you want to minimise your time on-foot, there is nearby access by Tram (Miradouro Santa Luzia, line 28) or Bus (Castelo, line 737).
Adult- 10 €
Over 65’s/Disabled Guests- 8.50 €