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Castle of Sao Jorge

This medieval fortress offers insight into Lisbon’s long history as well as stunning views of the city and river below.

The Castle of São Jorge is a huge medieval structure that overlooks the city. Take a guided tour to learn about Lisbon’s past and enjoy views across the capital from the castle’s grounds.

The Castle of São Jorge is a challenging walk from the centre of Lisbon, but the rewards are worth the effort. Stroll past clubs where traditional Portuguese ballads are performed nightly. Stop at an outdoor café with a view and sip a glass of port wine. Admire the glazed tiles on the historic buildings and pottery in the windows of charming shops.  

You can see this 6th-century Moorish fortress from almost anywhere in the city. Stop to admire the immensity of the structure as you approach the stone gate that marks the entrance. The castle was the Moorish royal residence until Portugal’s first king, Alfonso Henriques, took it over in 1147. The fortress continued to serve as the royal palace until another palace was built in Commerce Square (Praça do Comércio) in the city center.

Take a guided tour for a fee or stroll on your own through the gardens and up into the medieval towers. While much of the original castle has been destroyed, there’s still a long extension of stone walls and 18 towers. Climb the towers and walk along the terraces for views of the city and the River Tagus. The sight is particularly breathtaking at sunset, when the fading light reflects off Lisbon’s whitewashed houses. Visit the Tower of Ulysses, which houses the Câmara Escura, a periscope where you can enjoy views from around the city.

The Castle of São Jorge is located above the Alfama district. It is accessible by bus or on foot. 

The castle is open daily and there is an entrance fee. Stay for a meal at the on-site restaurant and shop for souvenirs at the gift shop.


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Rua das Portas de Santo Antão, 112-134, Lisbon
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Lisbon Old Town, this luxury hotel is steps from Liberty Avenue and Restauradores Square. Rossio Square and Santa Justa Elevator are also within 10 minutes. Largo da Anunciada Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Restauradores Station is 3 minutes.

    TURIM Terreiro do Paço Hotel ¥9,806
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    Rua do Comércio, 9, Lisbon
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lisbon Cathedral (Se), Santa Justa Elevator, and Rossio Square. Castle of Sao Jorge and Gulbenkian Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km). Igreja Sta. Maria Madalena Stop and Rua da Conceição Stop (12E) are within a 2-minute walk.

      Iberostar Selection Lisboa ¥11,994
      Iberostar Selection Lisboa

      Iberostar Selection Lisboa

      Rua Castilho 64, Lisbon
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Lisbon Old Town, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Liberty Avenue and Marquis of Pombal Square. Rossio Square and Amoreiras Shopping Center are also within 1 mi (2 km). Marques de Pombal Station is only a 4-minute walk and Rato Station is 7 minutes.

        VIP Executive Eden Aparthotel ¥7,652
        VIP Executive Eden Aparthotel

        VIP Executive Eden Aparthotel

        Praça dos Restauradores, 24, Lisbon
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Lisbon Old Town, this aparthotel is steps from Liberty Avenue and Restauradores Square. Rossio Square and Santa Justa Elevator are also within 10 minutes. Restauradores Station and Restauradores - Glória Stop are within a 2-minute walk.

          My Story Hotel Tejo ¥4,820
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          My Story Hotel Tejo

          Rua dos Condes de Monsanto 2, Lisbon, Lisbon
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Figueira Square, Rossio Square, and Santa Justa Elevator. Lisbon Cathedral (Se) and Carmo Convent are also within 10 minutes. Praça da Figueira Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Martim Moniz Stop is 2 minutes.

            Hotel Borges Chiado ¥4,742
            Hotel Borges Chiado

            Hotel Borges Chiado

            Rua Garrett, 108-110, Lisbon
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Chiado, this hotel is steps from Fernando Pessoa Statue and Carmo Convent. Rossio Square and Santa Justa Elevator are also within 10 minutes. Chiado Stop and Praça Luís de Camões Stop are within a 2-minute walk.

              Lisbon Arsenal Suites ¥4,356
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              Lisbon Arsenal Suites

              Rua do Arsenal, 60, Lisbon
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Chiado, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Commerce Square, Mercado da Ribeira, and Rossio Square. Lisbon Cathedral (Se) and Castle of Sao Jorge are also within 1 mi (2 km). Corpo Santo Stop and Praça do Comércio Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

                behotelisboa ¥8,062
                behotelisboa

                behotelisboa

                Rua dos Correeiros, 136, Lisbon
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Santa Justa Elevator, Rossio Square, and Carmo Convent. Lisbon Cathedral (Se) and Commerce Square are also within 10 minutes. Baixa-Chiado Station and Praça da Figueira Stop are within a 5-minute walk.