on April 21, 2006
Some historic attractions are not quite up to their guide book descriptions, but that is NOT the case with the Castelo de São Jorge. It is larger than life and really feels like the fortress that it once was. Climbing its battlements take a little bit of nerve (at least for me), but the experience is worth it. If nothing else, seeing the city of Lisbon from atop the castle hill is a view not to be missed. It is especially beautiful on a clear sunny day. Don’t try to count all the bright red-tiled rooftops which are in abundance in Lisbon. They seem to glow from that vantage point. One can also take in the magnificent bridge, Ponte 25 de Abril, which looks a tad like the Golden Gate Bridge. There is a lovely restaurant in the castle called Casa do Leão which offers upscale dining. It requires a reservation. It is frequently booked for groups and parties, so call ahead to make sure they are available.
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