São Jorge Castle

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General Information

Sao Jorge Castle is a hilltop castle overlooking the centre of the Portuguese capital, Lisbon. A castle has stood on the hilltop since BC but most of the current castle was built in the early 20th century after a big restoration project was undertaken on the castle. The castle is important in terms of Portuguese history as it was the seat of power for over 400 years when it became a Royal Palace from a Moorish Castle. Today the castle is a major attraction for sightseers, its hilltop location provides fantastic views over the city.

Getting there

You can get to the castle by using the public transport network of Lisbon. Get on the 28 tram line and get off at the castles closest stop ‘Miradouro Santa Luzia’. Alternatively get the bus, the 37 bus from the city to the castle.

Opening Times and Admission

The castle is open for people to tour daily from 9am-9pm in the summer months and 9am-6pm in the winter months. Admission is set at 8.50 euros for adults but it is free for children under the age of 10. The castle has a cafe and multiple refreshment stalls. Visits normally last 2 hours.

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