Explore Castelo

"Castelo is the oldest neighbourhood in Lisbon, dominated by the impressive São Jorge Castle, from which the area is named. This castle sits atop a hill overlooking the city, and was the capital of the country for over 400 years. One of the most popular tourist sites in the city, always busy with tourists and sightseers, and more recently tuk tuks, the views of the city below, and of the river Tejo and beyond, make the journey more than worthwhile. Part of Lisbon’s medieval quarter, along with Alfama, Graca and Mouraria, the quaint cobbled streets and narrow lanes offer reminders of what the area was once like in days gone by. Having been ruled at one time or another by the Visigoths, the Moors and Christians, as well as being home to the kings and queens of Portugal, the influences of the city's past residents can be seen all round the area, from the architecture to the many restaurants that dot the streets. Visitors can idly waste time investigating the nooks and crannies and other tourist attractions located in the area. Be it gazing at the grand cathedral or sampling local delicacies in the nearby Claras em Castelo restaurant, make sure you give yourself enough time to see and sample it all."