Castelo de São Jorge
Castelo de São Jorge
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Standing proudly on Lisbon's highest hill, this historic castle offers panoramic views of the city all around it. The fort dates back to the Moorish times in the 11th century, and has served as military barracks and royal chambers. Currently, it's a national monument which is home to a museum and archaeological site, though most people visit for the fantastic views and gardens to relax in. There are free and paid guided tours available in the ticket, as well as regular free demos for the camera obscura which provides 360º detailed views of the city in real-time
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Neighbourhood: 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 • 5 min walk
  • Rossio • 6 min walk
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  • Justin R
    Lino Lakes, Minnesota352 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The view if the city is the main reason to go here
    We took the 737 bus from the city center to avoid the steep uphill walk to get to the castle. Then there was a long line to buy tickets. You could purchase them online as well but the online site was not working so we ended up just waiting in line. Once in you get the best views when you walk to the left. You can see out over the city and the water. The castle itself isn’t very interesting. Not very large and nothing really in it. I walked around the top of the castle but the views there weren’t any better than what there is when you first walk in.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Leopoldo Janz
    Curitiba, PR9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice castle in Lisbon
    It is a nice castle with a great view. You should go if you are nearby. It costs 15 euros to visit castle São Jorge. I suggest to get a guide (4 euros) and know more about castle and Libon history. Câmera escura is a quick history guide around the castle, great too!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Mary A
    Melbourne, Australia60 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful views over the city
    Really enjoyed walking around the castle grounds and the battlements. Great views over the whole city. I think this is something you definitely should do if you come to Lisbon. We arrived 15 minutes before opening on a Sunday and had already bought our tickets online. There were only a few people there and we were the first through the gates, but it was starting to get a bit busier by the time we left. Make sure to wear sensible walking shoes because the ground is incredibly uneven and the stairs are steep and there aren't always handrails. I wouldn't take small children or anyone with any difficulty walking as they won't be able to see much.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Dtappel
    41 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun experience close to closing
    We visited the castle for sunset after buying ice cream at the grocery store. Not a bad idea! However, there were opportunities within the castle walls to buy drinks/snacks. The castle itself is pretty Spartan, but provided a good opportunity to wander along the ramparts. We arrived about 45 minutes before closing and it wasn’t busy. When we wandered by mid-morning on a later date, there was a long line. In summary, arrive early or late to beat most of the crowds.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Gemma L
    Bristol, United Kingdom33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views
    We loved walking around the castle. The views are amazing. We went the later part of the day, and the sun setting over the city was beautiful. Food and drink stalls available on site too. Worth a visit
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 August 2023
  • rayraysworld
    Warwick, United Kingdom1,961 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    do it
    Booked online. walked the streets and found it easily enough. wne t in and immediately the views were amazing. Yes, you can get good views all over Lisbon but this is great. Other reviewers have mentioned there are places within the castle grounds to buy snacks etc. We never saw anything. Plenty of peacocks hanging round and we saw their chicks too. They hang around by one of the castle viewpoints in the middle and it's worth looking up as many of the peacocks are up in the trees. We spent two hours here. we did sit and look at the view for a good 20 minutes. would have liked if if there were more info boards informing us of the history of each area we were in and indeed the whole castle itself. a great visit. fully satisfied with it. recommended.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Tim Allman
    Harrow, United Kingdom28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved the castle and tour experience
    Took the on-foot option up the hill to the Castle. It’s a trek and steep up there but a lovely walk. There was a 30 minute queue for tickets. We bought the additional 4 EUR for an English tour which was amazing value for money thanks to Jacinta and added so much to our day. The tour took around 90 minutes. Amazing views and interesting exhibition.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 August 2023
  • Mark L
    Bromsgrove, United Kingdom345 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent views
    We walked up to the castle from the city centre which took in some interesting sights along the way, passing the cathedral. We arrived about 10:30 having not booked tickets and had to queue about 20 minutes - I would recommend buying tickets online beforehand as you get straight through. Once you’re in you have the opportunity to visit a fantastically preserved castle with amazing views at every angle. There’s a good exhibition of relics and really interesting information about our patron saint St George. We stopped for a drink at the small hut for coffees that also sells soft drinks. It’s a relatively modest entry fee and you can easily spend 1-2 hours wandering around. Would recommend.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 August 2023
  • Peter H
    Mississauga, Canada460 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Piece of Portuguese History
    Constructed in the 12th century this fortified castle sits on top of a hill. The area has been occupied since the 8th century. The location provides a panoramic view of the city. The castle is also visible from the historic center of the city.
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 August 2023
  • mj2837
    Oakville, Canada150 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old castle within a castle with great views
    Beautiful castle with superb views of Lisbon. Lots to explore especially the castle within the castle. We went on a hot day in August and there were many places where you can find shade and a bit of a break from the hot sun. This is also a great place to take pictures. Don't miss the peacocks.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 August 2023
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Christopher L
Lisbon, Portugal5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The ramparts, gates and entranceway to this castle are magnificent features of architectural design. The location of the castle on the hillside makes for an observation point that is almost unrivaled in the city. This castle is an iconic part of the city, you will instinctively be drawn to looking at it from the surrounding miradouros. My wife and I had an amazing time scaling the stairs, posing on the terraces, moats, and towers. There are also peacocks that are residents of the castle that make for fun picture opportunities. Who cares if it is touristy and a little pricey (20 euros for two adults (over 25+))?You still have to come see Castelo de Sao Jorge. Don't buy the skip the line passes online by the way at least during February there was no line if you come early enough (by 11 am for us) on a Tuesday.
Written 14 February 2020
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Pața Radu
Southeast Romania, Romania186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Another place in Lisbon that you have to see, it's a nice walk uphill to the castle but it's worth all your energy spent. The wiggly streets are narrow and picturesque, to go in to the fortress you have to buy a 10€ ticket that you have to pay to enjoy the panoramic view of the city and see how a night was wearing his armour Or to admire the beautiful peacocks that room around the gardens and the terraces. You can enjoy the tasty food at a small restaurant inside with really decent prices. All and all a good experience and would do it again. Hope my review was helpful and do enjoy your stay in Lisbon.
Written 13 February 2020
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ProsperoDGC
Oakton, VA84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022
We visited around 7.30pm, targeting to see the sunset from the castle grounds, and we were not disappointed at all. While it may appear so on first thought, the entry fee is not awful (€10 per adult, €5 for students and those up to 25 or above 65). The castle sits in some beautiful grounds, with cafes and small bars serving snacks and drinks aplenty. The small permanent exhibit is informative, though I found it a little dry -- there's a hugely deep story to be told here and I didn't get much of a sense for it. The castle itself, however, is wonderful to walk around, go up the ramparts and into the towers, from where views of the city are unparalleled. Highly recommend visiting in the latter part of the day to avoid crowds and (what I imagine must be) blistering sunshine.
Written 24 July 2022
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Jeff L
Naperville, IL296 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Worth the trip up the hill if for no other reason then for the views of Lisbon. The castle certainly offers commanding views of the entire city, and sunset here is magical. It is a vast place to visit. Beware that walking up to it is very much uphill, but it is a wonderful walk through the narrow streets of old Lisbon, and there are plenty of places to stop to eat. The walk, during rain, is a bit of a slippery adventure, and coming down is in ways worse than up. There is a 10 euro admission for adults.
Written 21 January 2020
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galaxy148
Glen Allen, VA808 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We only saw the castle from the outside and didn't have time to go inside as it closed at 5pm. It overlooks the whole city and looks impressive.The immediate area was very busy with tourists and coaches and street sellers. The buildings surrounding it have lovely tiles on them. The immediate tourist shops are much more expensive here than down in the town but had some nice gifts for a captive audience. There are not many places to eat in this area. It's not an easy are for anyone to navigate with walking difficulties.
Written 5 January 2020
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neil_hun
Horsham, UK182 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
We visited the castle on our first morning in Lisbon and it’s a great way to orient yourself around the city. You can easily walk there from the main square (Praça do Comercio), although be prepared for some fairly steep hills along the way.

The castle itself isn’t particularly exceptional but it offers fantastic views of the city below, the charming district of Alfama and across the Tagus river. It’s also home to dozens of peacocks, which perch in the trees dotted around the castle site, and were a big hit with the kids (okay, and the adults too :)).

Like many attractions in Lisbon, the ticket pricing is very child friendly, so you don’t pay anything for under 12s.
Written 23 February 2020
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HeaveNEarth
Fairfax, VA223 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
It would cost you 10 Euro, but if you're under 26 (or 25), it is only 5 Euro. Bring your passport or ID. The castle has incredible views of Lisboa from many points. there were a couple of live peacocks as well. We took Tram 28 and get off at Miradouro das Portas do Sol, then across the street, you will see the sign "Castelo de S. Jorge". Walk up the stairs, then make a left uphill at first alley to the left. it is not that far. Lisboa Card does not work here. It worths extra 10 Euro, though.
Written 31 January 2020
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Polo M
Paris, France477 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Best view you can get of west Lisbon and ability to climb towers. Entrance fee is €10/person. Went here for sunset and many others were doing the same thing. Lot of open space and old ruins with information in Portuguese and English.
The museum space is a little lackluster, so I recommend it for walking and checking out scenery.
Make sure you have time to go up the towers and walk around like a guard. If you're there in the evening, make sure you wait for the beautiful sunset. Though they close that area 1 hour before the park closes.
There's a bar-stand inside that closes at 7 or 7:30pm. Staff was nice, overall worth it to climb up.
Written 20 September 2020
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MontySpi
Toronto, Canada474 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Buy tickets on-line, in advance, to avoid the queues (there is an option to buy this with the Lisboa Pass).

You will get an overview of the entire city, so it will provide an orientation. Take transit up to the castle (Uber, or Tram 28) and walk down.

The cafeteria/restaurant did not have anything amazing to eat and unfriendly service, but the peacocks entertained us over coffee, immediately outside.
Written 23 March 2020
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Mark L
Bromsgrove, UK345 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We walked up to the castle from the city centre which took in some interesting sights along the way, passing the cathedral. We arrived about 10:30 having not booked tickets and had to queue about 20 minutes - I would recommend buying tickets online beforehand as you get straight through.

Once you’re in you have the opportunity to visit a fantastically preserved castle with amazing views at every angle. There’s a good exhibition of relics and really interesting information about our patron saint St George. We stopped for a drink at the small hut for coffees that also sells soft drinks.

It’s a relatively modest entry fee and you can easily spend 1-2 hours wandering around. Would recommend.
Written 11 August 2023
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