9 Beautiful Castles in Portugal You Can t Miss

Perched atop Lisbon's highest hill, Castelo de São Jorge offers panoramic views and a rich historical journey, from Moorish origins to royal residence, with enchanting night views.

Castelo de São Jorge, Lisbon:

Situated on a hilltop, this picturesque 8th-century castle, rebuilt in the 14th century, transports visitors into a medieval fairytale with its charming streets and vibrant floral displays.

Castle of Óbidos:

Overlooking the Tagus River, this 8th-century fortress provides breathtaking vistas and a glimpse into its varied past as a royal palace, prison, and military barracks.

The Moorish Castle, Sintra:

Known as the birthplace of Portugal, this medieval stronghold offers impressive views, intricate carvings, and a stroll through the historic, cobblestone streets of Guimarães.

Guimarães Castle, Guimarães:

Located on a Tagus River island, this 12th-century Knights Templar fortress features robust walls and towers, accessible via a scenic boat ride, ideal for photography enthusiasts.

Almourol Castle, Almourol:

This 8th-century fortress boasts stunning views from its high, rocky perch, along with well-preserved medieval architecture and the quaint, cobblestone streets of Marvão.

Castle of Marvão, Marvão:

Nestled in the Alentejo region, this hilltop castle offers spectacular views, especially at sunrise or sunset, and a visit to the well-preserved village of Monsaraz below.

Monsaraz Castle, Évora:

A must-see Moorish-style sandstone castle from the 8th century, housing an archaeological museum and offering sweeping views from its fortifications.

Castillo de Silves, Silves:

This Gothic-style castle, significant during the Christian Reconquista, provides panoramic countryside views, ancient corridors to explore, and a glimpse into medieval life.

Castle of Penedono, Penedono:

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