The Castelo de Sao Jorge (St. George Castle) is one of the most important and famous landmarks of the Portuguese capital. With its vast history, the castle offers an enchanting atmosphere to its visitors. Lived through Moors’, Romans’, Muslims’, Christians’ reigns The Castelo de Sao Jorge is a living history. This rich past of the castle is embedded in every corner of it.
Thanks to the restorations made in the last century, The Castelo de Sao Jorge has become a huge tourist attraction. Involving rebuilding, ornamentation and fortification, the restoration is historically not a hundred per cent accurate; however, it definitely helps the castle to become a magnificent attraction.
Entrance fee of The Castelo de Sao Jorge is one of the most expensive ones throughout Lisbon. Tickets for adults cost 10 euros, and for students 5 euros. Children under 12 may enter without any charge. Still not very expensive, the castle definitely makes up for its entrance fee. With its amazing viewpoints, battlements, and hidden paths, the castle offers its visitors a few hours of unforgettable adventure. If visitors do not want to pay or wait in the potentially long entrance queue, the statue of Saint George, Santa Cruz do Castelo Church, and the Arco do Castelo are outside the walls. So, these attractions are free of charge.
2Crowds in the Castle
As said, Castelo de Sao Jorge is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Lisbon. Therefore, it is not a big surprise that it tends to get a little bit crowded at certain times of the day and of the year. It is always better to avoid rush hours and visit the castle early in the morning or after mid-day when people rush to the castle. The entrance hours of the castle are between 9 am and 9 pm between March and October, and between 9 am and 6 pm between November and February.
3Highlights of the Castelo de Sao Jorge
Naturally, the main attraction of the castle is its walls. The solid, huge walls of the castle are stunning with their rich historical context. Many viewpoints of the castle are also essential for their breath-taking panoramic scenery. Praça d’Armas is especially beautiful with its view of central Lisbon and Tejo Estuary. A drawing of Lisbon before the devastating 1755 earthquake is displayed in the Nucleo Museologico, and it is simply beautiful and nostalgic.