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Castelo de S. Jorge, Lisbon

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Castle Historic Site
Castelo de S. Jorge, a second-century citadel, overlooks the historical center of the city. This castle dates back to medieval times, approximately 48 BCE, when the city was under Roman rule. Celtic people originally inhabited this hilltop location, but ownership of the area changed over the years from Phoenicians, Greeks, and Carthaginians to Romans and a few other key players. In the 10th century, Moorish people fortified the fortress with cerca Moura, or Moorish encirclement. Though the 1755 Lisbon earthquake destroyed much of the castle, the remaining ruins are still open to the public. Explore one of the city's most popular tourist sites by foot, take in views from its high vantage point, and discover the castle's archeological and historic relevance. Plan to see Castelo de S. Jorge and other attractions that appeal to you using our Lisbon vacation planner.
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Check into one of Lisbon's grand city center hotels to position yourself well to explore the central historical districts on foot. To avoid the potentially high prices of some of the Old Town's central upscale hotels, try staying in a hostel instead. While some hostels have an upper age limit for their guests, they're affordable and oftentimes offer access to attractions on par with or better than bigger hotels. In the upper town, opt for one of the family-run bed and breakfasts, which provide affordable rooms and, as the name would suggest, include a meal as well.
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  • The shade alone makes it Well worth the walk and the entry fee. The views over the city are wonderful. On a Wednesday morning in mid June the crowds were not bad at all but I can imagine that later in...  more »
  • Fun to see what is like in a fort. This is in Lisbon which has lots of attractions and the castle is in walking distance ....will go through Almafi as well. The views are incredible!! Just a fun place...  more »
  • The castle was interesting, but basically just ruins. The highlight of my trip was actually the view, and taking a picture with a peacok in the garden.`  more »
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  • Look it a great castle but only for the views. There is not that much to see from a museum point of view but at least you can say you have been there. Not much explication of the hundreds of years it has been there or who lived and fought there. A hell of walk to get there and you still have to pay to get in. Some how I think they should pay you if you got to the top. Still I enjoyed the outing.
  • In a very beautiful setting looking out over both sides of the city of Lisbon, this castle is a treat. Worth a visit, at the time 8.5 Euros per adult. Not much in the way of guide or informaiton as far as we could see, but just walking around and taking in the views was wonderful. There are a number of peacocks in the grounds which are very tame and will come quite close to you. A small cafe is on site serving food and drinks.
  • Very nice! I would recommend to get there early to get tickets. Stunning views, lovely peacocks. The castle building itself is ok but not brilliant. It is a day well spent nevertheless..
  • This place is a must if visiting Lisbon. The castle provides an opportunity for a great experience with historical and romantic nature. Make sure you come early in the day to allow time for covering all its exciting corners. You will also meet some beautiful and noise peacocks there. If you would like to buy some unique magnets as souvenirs with Lisbon paintings you can visit a small Romanian shop nearby. When walking towards the castle you will encounter great architecture and stunning views on the right side. There is also a lift which shortens the way. The lift is situated near the hospital and has a supermarket right before it.
  • This place was reasonably priced, under €10 a ticket, with great views out to the sea and the built up surrounds. We spent a good few hours here with the peacocks, gardens and views. There is so much to see and explore. There is even a cafe to stop off for a light snack. Toilets were clean too, always a bonus.