The castle entrance is in the Alfama district, but to enter the building and merit the view, one has to climb, climb, climb. A stronghold that became a royal palace, the Castelo de São Jorge (St. George's Castle) stands on top of the hill of the same name. Its impenetrable walls protected the medieval city.
Built by the Visigoths in the 5th century, it was appropriated and expanded by the Moors in the 9th century. The ramparts are made of 12 gates and 18 towers that overlook the fortified enclosures. The 1775 earthquake caused extensive damage and it was not until 1938 that the dictator António Salazar undertook to rehabilitate the Castelo. Spend some time relaxing in its shady gardens, a charming haven of peace and coolness in this oh-so-bustling capital.
Castelo de São Jorge
de Santa Cruz do Castelo
+351 (0)21 880 0620