Portugal, Lisbon Guide (B): Lisbon Castle and Other Sights (Sept 2014)

Lisbon Castle and Other Sights (Sept 2014)
Every princess needs a castle, right? Sometimes my mum calls me principessa which is Italian for princess. So, if there’s a castle around I just have to check it out. My husband and I reached São Jorge Castle by tram number 12. To our joy it was an old, rickety, wooden tram and the ride resembled a ride in an amusement park. Perfect! I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. At some point if you put your hand out of the window you could touch the walls of the houses on the street. The tram had to navigate narrow streets and steep hills before it let us out near Largo das portas do Sol-a beautiful viewpoint. So, we took in the view of Lisbon and proceeded on foot to the castle. It’s a pity that we didn’t have enough time to explore more Alfama neighbourhood but I had a lot planned for that day and we had to move on. We got discount for the castle ticket because of our Lisbon card which also gave us free crazy tram rides. In my opinion the best views of the city are from the castle’s observation terrace and the castle walls. Just look at the photos. Amazing, right?

When I wanted to go to the loo I stumbled upon peacocks strutting their stuff in front of the loo. Afterwards we visited the small archaeological museum and then got in the castle. The castle dates from medieval times and it was once a Moorish citadel. The king Alfonso Henriques recaptured Lisbon from the Moors in 12th century and transformed their previous residence into a castle fit for Portuguese kings. There ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Lisbon Castle and Other Sights (Sept 2014)
Guide Location: Portugal » Lisbon
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: São Jorge Castle   National Tile museum   Elevador de Santa Justa  
Author: Tanja Domijan Blasich
Read it on author's website: https://theredphoneboxtravels.wordpress.com/2015/11/20/lisbon-castle-and-other-sights-sept-2014/

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