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Castelo de S. Jorge

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Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
As featured in 3 Days in Lisbon and 3 other guides
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Address: Rua de Santa Cruz do Castelo, Lisbon 1100-129, Portugal
Phone Number:
+351 21 880 0620
09:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Open 7 days a week, Castelo de S. Jorge is now a place where you can enjoy...

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 Cafe 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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Well worth a visit beautiful location wonderful views reasonably priced and you get a brochure with all the history a must see on your visit to Lisbon.plus a lovely tram ride up... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 April 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016 via mobile

Well worth a visit beautiful location wonderful views reasonably priced and you get a brochure with all the history a must see on your visit to Lisbon.plus a lovely tram ride up tho the castle.

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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016

We enjoyed them gem while visiting the town of Alfama. My 5 y/o was able to climb the stairs and enjoyed looking out over the castle ruins. Although there isn't much "to do" here, the views and history of the castle is amazing. It is an open castle ruin so try to visit on a day without rain in the... More 

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Walsall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016

We spent 2-3 hours walking around the site, and it's got great views of the city. Nice battlements with less of the UK over emphasis on health and safety, so good fun as well. Older ruins only accessible via guide (free) but tours infrequent and not explained to us, so we missed that part.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

Although the way up to the castelo is a bit steep, it is manageable for everyone. Just take the tram (12 I think it was) and there are only about 500m left to walk. We did it with a stroller and it worked just fine. Inside the castle area you can easily spent some hours, watching Lisbon from different angles... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

The castle is really a hollowed out fortress. The reason to pay the emission is just for the panoramic views of the city. This city of always walking up or down hills has many panoramic sites just as spectacular. However, it is interesting to see how the defense system of this building was constructed.

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

Worth a visit for the views. Long haul up on foot but using the hop on / hop off bus you can reduce to a 5 minute walk up the last bit. Interesting history briefly described in the entrance info. would benefit from more written information as you walk around. Apart from the museum all outdoors so not a good... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

This was a steep walk up to the castle but well worth it. The views from the top over Lisbon were fantastic. Plenty of walls to walk round and explore. Remember it is all down hill on the way back.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

We took tram 28 to the castle then walked a short, steep and hard hill to get to the top. A big queue to buy tickets but once we were inside there was enough space for everyone and it didn't feel crowded. Very impressive structure but it was all about the views for us. We wandered around the walls taking... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016

Quite well preserved and large castle with stunning views. Includes also a few bonuses which I could not take advantage of as was on tight schedule - archaeological site with guided tours, live camera views of various parts of Portugal with guide giving explanations. The latter two are at specific times starting only 10 or 10:30 AM so plan accordingly.

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016

My wife and I hiked up the hill to the castle right before sunset (not knowing there was a lift). The views of Lisbon were breathtaking! We toured the museum and learned about the many cultures that used the site over the millennia. We walked down the hill and took in a local Fado show for dinner. It was a... More 

Thank Neil S

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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.
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