Castelo de S. Jorge

Castelo de S. Jorge, Lisbon: Hours, Address, Castelo de S. Jorge Reviews: 4/5

Castelo de S. Jorge
Historic Sites • Castles
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open 7 days a week, Castelo de S. Jorge is now a place where you can enjoy our heritage, get to know a little about Lisboa’s History at the Permanent Exhibition, explore the traces of the Moorish neighbourhood dating back from the 11th century at the Archaeological Site, discover yet unseen sights over the city on the Camera Obscura, stroll across the gardens and the belvederes, take a break at the Café do Castelo, participate of the guided tours or other didactical activities, or simply be enchanted by music, theatre, dancing and the talk shops on heritage that liven up your days at this remarkable Monument in Lisboa.
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The area
Neighborhood: Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
Explore narrow streets and alleyways, small cafes and, of course, the internationally acclaimed Fado music. The earth-shattering Great Earthquake of 1755 destroyed most of the city but the contiguous neighborhoods of Mouraria, Castelo and Alfama remained standing to this day. These neighborhoods represent Lisbon at its historical best. The cool breeze of the Tagus river will take you up the hills to the sound of Fado, where you'll discover the best "tascas," eat delicious fresh fish and drink great wines. Discover hidden viewpoints and ancient traces of other civilizational ruins in the heart of the Portuguese capital. These are centuries-old neighborhoods that will welcome you to the very best of old Lisbon culture.
How to get there
  • Martim Moniz • 7 min walk
  • Rossio • 7 min walk
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4,617 within 3 miles
751 within 6 miles
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Montreal, Canada210 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Castelo de São Jorge is perched atop the city of Lisbon and offers breathtaking panoramic views (on a clear day) of “Lisboa” and the surrounding area. Even though admission of 10 Euros per person is a bit steep, it’s worth the entry fee on a sunny day. Take a stroll around the grounds of the castle and drop into the museum for added insight and historical perspective. Keep in mind that this castle is somewhat “fake” since it had been destroyed by the earthquake of 1755 and reconstructed. It’s a good climb to walk up uphill from the city but great exercise!
Written April 26, 2022
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Atlanta, GA655 contributions
Apr 2022
We heard around the city that the castle isn't really worth going to, but we're glad we went. Sure, there could be some more history and information provided, but walking around the castle ruins, seeing the views of the city, and observing the peacocks made for a great morning. We were planning to take Tram 28 as close as we could get to avoid some of the hills, but of course there was too long of a line so we walked all the way up. Challenging but manageable, even for my mom in her mid-60s. This was the one rainy day of our trip and the castle is a location best seen in good weather. When we arrived, we had clear but cloudy views. Just 15 minutes later, the views were completely obscured by fog; luckily we took our photos as soon as we arrived. We also enjoyed walking our way down through the Alfama district after we left the castle.
Written April 27, 2022
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Craig S
Newburgh, NY133 contributions
Jan 2020
Thirty-one years (give or take a week or two) after my first trip up to the top of Lisbon, I made my latest pilgrimage to the Castle. I'm sure that I paid nothing in 1989 and according to my review from 2011, we paid 3.5 euros for two adults and a child. This trip, the same three of us came in at 25 euros. The line to buy tickets lasted between 10 and 15 minutes, too. Nevertheless, there was no way that I was going to be in Lisbon and not get up to the Castle. It is always such a breathtaking, almost spiritual experience. This time, they had a wine vendor, so we plunked down a few more euros to enjoy a glass as we gazed out over the city. I don't care that it was crowded or that it cost me 10 euros to get in. I love this place and I recommend it to everyone.
Written January 15, 2020
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Barcelona, Spain664 contributions
Dec 2019
The Castelo de São Jorge it's a must see in Lisboa. The castle itself is nice, big enough and also well restored. But the views you have of the city (specially at sunset or sunrise) are just breathtaking.
The entrance fee is 10€ and you can visit the castle, the walls and the museum.
Written July 8, 2020
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Denver, CO552 contributions
Nov 2021
Perched on top of one of the highest and steepest of Lisbon’s "seven hills" is one of the best spots in the city for a great view. With archaeological excavations at the site showing that humans have lived on top of the hill since the 8th century BC, the first walls were not built until the Romans did so in the first century BC. The defensive walls were added to by several ruling peoples but the remaining structure has been mostly the same since the 13th century. With its prime location on top of the hill and a 360 degree view of the surrounding area, it’s no wonder this was chosen for a defensive fort and a castle. Walking on top of the exterior walls is taking a walk through a long history at the top of Lisbon. Great views abound from all over the location.
Written March 10, 2022
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Bucharest, Romania199 contributions
Nov 2021
The castle is one of the landmarks of the city. Besides the actual castle and the fortified wall, this place hosts a museum of Lisbon's history. Realy informative and educational. This is also one of the best viewpoints where you can see Lisbon from above, especially when the sun sets.
Written March 20, 2022
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Garrett W
Skerries, Ireland1,466 contributions
Aug 2021
Was staying nearby on Rua da Prata. Receptionist gave us a great tip about getting a public lift 2 streets away, and then getting another lift at Pingo Doce Chão do Loureiro. By this point you are probably 66% there.
Another option is bus 737.
Although it said it opens at 9am, when we got there at 9.45am they advised it opened at 10am. Small queue, but gone in 5 mins.
This very peaceful, in a parklike setting, with great views of the whole city. There are tables and lots of places to sit on the parapet and prices are reasonable.
As others have said, there is very little signage, so the only way to learn anything about the site and its history to to take a tour.
They will take your temperature, and masks are required (obviously).
They allow 1 person from your party into the ticket counter to collect tickets while the rest of your party waits outside.
Check out my photos.
Written August 22, 2021
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Leicester, UK46 contributions
Mar 2022 • Friends
There are lovely views of Lisbon from the castle grounds and it was pretty to walk around. Windy at the top of the castle! There is a camera obscura but the tour only takes 12 people at a time so it was already full when we arrived for it. We bought our tickets online, bonus 1/2 price tickets up to age 25. Lots of peacocks strolling around the grounds too.
Written March 8, 2022
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Sharon H
Las Vegas, NV2,079 contributions
Jun 2019
This impressive fortification was built by the Moors in the middle of the 11th century. It was the last defensive stronghold of the elite who lived in the citadel. In 1147, Dom Alfonso Henriques conquered Lisbon and became the first king of Portugal. The old Moorish buildings were enlarged and modified to accommodate the king, court, and bishop, as well as the royal archives. During the 13th-16th centuries the Royal Palace was located here. In 1580, when Portugal became part of the Spanish crown, Castelo San Jorge took on a more important military role, which continued until the early 20th century. When the 1755 earthquake significantly damaged the royal residence and gardens, military defense became its primary use. We used our Lisbon card to take Tram #28 to a stop very near the Castel San Jorge and walked the short distance up the hill to reach the entrance at 7:00 pm, since we wanted to see sunset from this vantage point. There was no line and entrance was quick and free with our Lisbon card. Spectacular panoramic views from the lower walls over the city allowed us to easily identify many of the points of interest that we had already visited. Wandering through the remains of the beautiful gardens, we made our way to the permanent exhibition showing the findings of archaeological studies of the area and remnants of pottery, tiles, and other artifacts from 7th-century BC to 20th-century AD. Then we headed to the remains of the fortification itself. Passing through the small arched gate, we emerged into a large courtyard with trees and an ancient cistern. Making our way to the steep, narrow steps, we climbed to the top of the wall to explore the remaining towers and walk along the ramparts. Different panoramas of the city and river below opened up as we continued to move along the ramparts and made stops at the various towers. As sunset approached the colors in the sky and the clouds became more intense, and we got some amazing pictures. Just as the sun finally slipped beyond the horizon, we made our way down, and exited just at the 9:00 pm closing time. We could not have picked a more beautiful evening—or a more perfect time of day to explore this phenomenal ancient fortress.
Written March 25, 2020
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1,103 contributions
Apr 2022 • Solo
Before coming here, eat well as you will burn the calories off and go early or late as it will be cooler. I went after 17:00 which was perfect. The uphill climb to get there on the slippery paving was fun plus the stairs! Worth it. Not too bad in all honesty. More the heat and paving. The castle was nice and worth exploring and then ending with the viewpoint which is nice. Wear good shoes as you will need it. Most of your visit will be about the views but there is an exhibition and an archaeological site which is very interesting. They offer free guided tours which are published around a week before so check online or email them. I tried to plan my day around the English guided tour but missed it. Although they give you an introduction booklet with your ticket, there is limited detail and a guide or guidebook would be better. The €10.00 was the most I paid for an attraction (apart from the boat cruise) in Lisbon but the visit definitely justified the ticket price. There wasn't a line to go in or anything. Busy as most people were waiting for the sun to set. They were open till 21:00 which I believe they do all summer but again check this online. Prior to coming a lot of people said to me, just go for the views but I think there is a lot more to it. I learnt a lot about the history as well. There is a museum shop as you come out of the exhibition. I don't think there are any eateries inside except one vendor near the entrance. If your planning to stay for the sunset, then get something before coming in if you want. Leading up to the castle there are some nice shops which are worth a browse if your looking for souvenirs or quality gifts.
Written April 18, 2022
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