São Jorge Castle

Gain enviable panoramic views over Lisbon and the Tagus from the Portuguese capital’s medieval castle.

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São Jorge Castle: Our most recommended tours and activities

Lisbon: Daytime/Sunset/Night City Sailboat Tour with Drinks

1. Lisbon: Daytime/Sunset/Night City Sailboat Tour with Drinks

Embark on an unforgettable 2-hour Lisbon city cruise on the Tagus River with a live commentary from the crew. Discover the city’s beautiful waterfront scenery on a sailboat while admiring numerous historical monuments and iconic landmarks along the way.  Be greeted by your skipper, who will help you settle comfortably into the sailing boat at the loading pier. Toast with a welcome drink and set off to discover Lisbon's waterways, first passing the triumphant Monument to the Discoveries. Glide under the grandiose 25 of April Bridge and look up to catch a glimpse of the Cristo-Rei Statue looking out onto the waters. As you take in the stunning sights of buildings, bridges, and ships, listen to the crew tell you some curiosities and fun facts about the places you are passing by.  Continue aboard your Lisbon boat tour to the historical city center, where you will get incredible views of Commerce Square, Basilica da Estrela, and the emblematic Castle of Sao Jorge, sitting atop Lisbon's highest peak.  To round off your Lisbon cruise, catch an up-close glimpse of the unique serpentine-like architecture of the MAAT Museum and the iconic Belém Tower. If you have chosen the relevant option, you will also experience the city lit up at golden hour, followed by a beautiful sunset.

Lisbon: Sao Jorge Castle Skip-the-Line Ticket with Escort

2. Lisbon: Sao Jorge Castle Skip-the-Line Ticket with Escort

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon or morning at Sao Jorge Castle with these convenient skip-the-line tickets. Learn about the history of Lisbon's most popular monument that stretches back into the 10th century. Meet your GetYourGuide representative directly in front of the castle for a 15-minute introduction to the monument before picking up your tickets. These allow you access to the castle's interior and will give you plenty of time to explore. Enjoy the visit at your own pace - admire the ancient architecture, and discover the castle's permanent exhibition, showcasing the many 11th century objects found in the Moorish quarter's archaeological site, and take in a 360-degree view of the city and the Tagus River from one of the highest hills in Lisbon.

Lisbon 3-in-1 Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Tram Tours

3. Lisbon 3-in-1 Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Tram Tours

Spend 48 hours enjoying Lisbon to the max on 2 double-decker bus tours and a historical tram tour! You’ll discover Lisbon's main squares, avenues and monuments on the Belem Tour, and the slick and modern part of the city on the Modern Tour. The Belem Tour will introduce you to Belem monumental quarter in more detail. This is Lisbon's most important landmark, known for its monuments, museums and other attractions. The Hills Tramcar Tour will acquaint you with the city's more traditional neighborhoods, such as Alfama, Mouraria, Baixa, Chiado, Estrela, and Lapa. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy a ride on the oldest means of transportation in Lisbon. Visit Lisbon’s traditional quarters on the hill of St. George’s Castle, on board a historic vintage tram, and get to know some of the city’s most beautiful viewpoints. Enjoy breathtaking views in the city’s unique sunlight and it's one-of-a-kind architecture.  Learn about the history of fishing at the new museum of the East, once a salt cod store for fish from the North Sea. Belem is a place that tells history through its museums and monuments, so you will need some time to see everything. Jerónimos Monastery, Belem tower and Padrão dos descobrimentos are some of the must-see sights. In any of theses tours you can hop on and off whenever and wherever you wish to!

Lisbon: 2.5-Hour Food Tour by Segway

4. Lisbon: 2.5-Hour Food Tour by Segway

Take a guided Segway tour of Lisbon and sample the flavors of Portugal on a unique mode of self-balancing transportation. Your 2.5-hour Segway adventure through the city will take you to Alfama, the oldest neighborhood in Lisbon and through the charming streets of the Bairro Alto. Lisbon is the perfect city to explore from one of these super cool vehicles. You will go beyond the monuments to get a real sense of what makes the city so great, exploring the lovely River Tejo, the city's myriad food offerings, and its friendly residents. All the essentials will be supplied to keep you going, from complimentary water, some different tastings and exquisite pastries. You will be provided with all the necessary safety gear, such as helmets, and get a brief orientation on how to use a Segway. An expert guide will be on hand at all times to share their passion for the city in a fun way, taking you to the best food stops to let you fill your stomach with some of the most delicious Portuguese food you've ever tasted.

Lisbon: Old Town Tuk Tuk Tour

5. Lisbon: Old Town Tuk Tuk Tour

This was where it all started. Meet in the heart of the city nestled on the oldest hill in Lisbon. It is the hill of fado and of the typical taverns that preserve their genius and traditional roots. From the quarters of Graça and Alfama, through Mouraria up to the São Jorge Castle, you may be lucky enough to come across a sardine barbecue on the streets. Hop out into Alfama, take a walk through this music quarter and listen to its cries. You will be able to see Roman remains, medieval houses that survived the 1755 earthquake, the magnificent Lisbon Cathedral, squares livened up by outdoor cafés and nooks and alleys reminiscent of Arab cities – Lisbon’s multicultural history has also left its mark here. In addition, enjoy incredible views of the city from the many natural windows that it offers.

Lisbon Hills Hop-on Hop-off Tram Tour: 24-Hour Ticket

6. Lisbon Hills Hop-on Hop-off Tram Tour: 24-Hour Ticket

Book your ticket for the Hills Tram Tour and ride a vintage tram through the most traditional quarters of Lisbon. You’ll travel through the neighborhoods of Alfama, Mouraria, Chiado, Bairro Alto, and Lapa. Get to know some of city's most unforgettable landmarks such as Castelo São Jorge, Sé Catedral, and the Basílica da Estrela. Visit its museums, such as MUDE, Museu do Chiado, and Museu de Arte Antiga. Take in stunning views from Miradouro da Graça, Miradouro Senhora do Monte, Portas do Sol, and Miradouro de Santa Luzia. An on-board audio guide is available in Portuguese, Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese.

Lisbon Sightseeing Tour by Tuk Tuk

7. Lisbon Sightseeing Tour by Tuk Tuk

Explore some of the oldest and most characteristic neighborhoods of Lisbon by tuk tuk, including the narrow streets of the historic Bairro Alto entertainment district. Make your way up to São Jorge Castle, and meander through the old district of Alfama. Experience the cool vibe of the Graça district at the highest point in the city, and explore the main shopping area of Chiado. Stop to admire impressive monuments along the way, such as Lisbon Cathedral and Santo António Church, built on the site where Saint Anthony was born. Visit the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora to admire one of the finest examples of Mannerist architecture. Get wonderful views from the São Pedro de Alcântara lookout, and visit the Baroque church of Estrella Basilica, built on the orders of Queen Maria I to honor the birth of her son.

Lisbon: Alfama and São Jorge Castle Quarters Walking Tour

8. Lisbon: Alfama and São Jorge Castle Quarters Walking Tour

Discover Lisbon’s oldest neighborhood on a half-day tour of Alfama, following the path of the city walls and Moorish castle of São Jorge. Meet at the historic Casa dos Bicos (“House of the Spikes”), built around 1523 and a rare survivor of the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake. See evidence of the old Roman salting tanks at the Cetária. Travel back to Roman times, when Lisbon was known as “Olisipo,” and learn how the Romans discovered the thermal waters of Alfama before the Muslims gave them the name “Al-Hamma.” Wander a labyrinth of alleys and interior patios to discover secret stairways and hidden squares that lead to what used to be Lisbon's Jewish Quarter. Learn about the birth of fado music, and experience one of the city's oldest customs as you pass through Largo do Chafariz de Dentro. Next, go to Lisbon Cathedral, built in the 12th century and modified in a mix of architectural styles. Enjoy panoramic views from the Portas do Sol belvedere. Along the way, learn about the origins of the city and experience the daily lives of its residents. Your guide will also advise you on the best places to visit for the rest of your stay.

Lisbon: 2-Hour Sunset Sailing Tour on Luxury Sailing Yacht

9. Lisbon: 2-Hour Sunset Sailing Tour on Luxury Sailing Yacht

Travel back in time through 500 years of history and see all the major monuments of Lisbon from the River Tagus. Climb aboard a handsome yacht for a 2-hour sailing tour of the city’s iconic landmarks at sundown. Board the boat by the Monument to the Age of Discoveries, and sail past the Torre Belém (Belém Tower). Continue towards the vast span of the Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge, and gaze up at the outstretched arms of the Christ the King statue. Marvel at beautiful squares, such as Terreiro do Paço (also known as the “Praça do Comércio”), part of the Pombaline Downtown rebirth after the 1755 Earthquake. Admire some of Lisbon’s oldest areas, such as the Alfama and Castle of Sao Jorge. Pass Lisbon Cathedral and the National Pantheon, before turning around for the return journey. Watch the sunset fall over Lisbon as you relax with a glass of sparking wine.

Lisbon by Tuk Tuk Guided Tour: City of Neighborhoods

10. Lisbon by Tuk Tuk Guided Tour: City of Neighborhoods

Discover Lisbon and its most enchanting neighborhoods on a 1-hour tuk tuk tour. See some of the best-known monuments in the city center, and discover the “City of 7 Hills.” Following a pick-up from your hotel, explore the city’s most historic areas. Drivers who can converse in different languages, and have an in-depth knowledge of Lisbon’s history, culture, art, and architecture, operate the 100% electric and eco-friendly vehicles. Drive to some of the most stunning lookout points, such as the Miradouro de Santa Luzia, Miradouro Portas do Sol, and Miradouro Nossa Senhora do Monte, and enjoy panoramic views of the city’s oldest and most typical sites. Along the way, marvel at ornate squares, such as the Praça da Figueira (Square of the Fig Tree) and Praça do Comércio, built after the devastating 1755 Lisbon Earthquake. Admire the typical black and white paving stones of Praca Dom Pedro IV, more commonly known as Rossio. See the façades of significant cathedrals and churches, such as the Igreja de Santo António and Sé de Lisboa (Lisbon Cathedral). Marvel at the Moorish fortifications of the Castelo de S. Jorge. Experience the hustle and bustle of the Feira da Ladra flea market, see the former 17th-century Church of Santa Engracia Panteão, now known as the Panteão Nacional (National Pantheon), and travel the narrow streets of Alfama, the heart of Lisbon’s traditional Fado bars and restaurants.

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What people are saying about São Jorge Castle

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,270 reviews

This was a fantastic experience! Fernando and Miguel were funny and had great knowledge of the historic landmarks. They were attentive and even provided blankets for the ones on the night trip! Would highly recommend!

Food tour on a Segway, Peter our guide was excellent, very informative and gave us lot of recommendations. Segway training was thorough and we felt very safe even though the conditions were not ideal.

Lovely sunset cruise. Our guides (Fernando and Luis) were really friendly and welcoming and told us lots about Lisbon and the surrounding area. They really made the tour for me.

This was a brilliant trip. I was delighted by the yacht and the skippers -Louis and Mario. It was most enjoyable, informative and relaxing. So pleased I found it.

The best way to see and understand the city. Thiago our guide was excellent, shared a lot of history on the monuments and streets. Would highly recommend.