Castelo de S. Jorge, Lisbon

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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 driving holiday planning site .
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  • Huge and magical building that never ceases to amaze how pass the iglos and remains afoot, looking across the beautiful city of Lisbon. I think that it would be important for the Portuguese to appreciate this space as an Arabic creation from that past that we need to claim,
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  • Enjoy your visit, great view of Lisbon but the site deserves more historical information and more.
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  • Some nice views of Lisbon but a far superior castle and views await at cintra a cheap train ride away.  more »
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  • Definitely one of the most beautiful and interesting places in Lisbon (among the other millions there). There you can walk around a very well preserved and conserved ancient castle. The castle is very well structured to receive tourists with a very modern ticket center and also a cafeteria inside the walls. A good tip is to go there by walk or by taxi, because these vehicles as the only ones allowed to go up to the castle main entrance besides the locals residents. The landscape from the top of the castle is simply wonderful and you can see almost all the city, the river and the suburbs of Lisbon. It is definitely worth it the price and the visit.
  • A worthwhile attraction to visit with stunning views of the city. There's also some beautiful peacocks that roam the grounds. *Remember to wear sensible shoes, so that you can fully explore the castle and the area. The route up to the castle are lined with interesting little shops. Or, the castle is easily accessible by tram.
  • The views from this locale at the top of Lisbon are just stunning. The area at the top is splendidly cobbled with big trees shielding visitors from the heat. The castle is fine, but it's just a replica. However, if you know all the amazing history which occurred here - Columbus begging the Portuguese king to take a chance on his voyage into the unknown - it makes the place much more special. And don't miss the museum here.
  • From up here you have some amazing views over the city! Very busy with tourists and pretty expensive. No student discount, even though I showed my student card, because I didn't show my passport. All the food options near here were really expensive, so if your going around lunch time, bring your own food. The best way to hike up is via the mirador near there.
  • Castelo de Sao Jorge is my favourite sunset spot in Lisbon. There's a nice big plaza/open space as soon as you enter, the castle area is lovely to walk around and there's a Wine By The View cart to enjoy a wine with the subset. The sunset itself is spectacular and happens in stages. Post sunset the town looks beautiful all lit up.

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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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