Monday, July 22: The Castelo de São Jorge in Lisbon’s Alfama district has been occupied by Visigoths in the 5th century, Moors in the 9th century, Christians in the 12th century, royals from the 14th to 16th centuries, and convicts in every century, according to Lonely Planet Portugal.
The castle is like many others I’ve seen through Europe, but the best thing about Castelo de São Jorge is the view of Lisbon’s red rooftops from the fortified ramparts around the courtyards.
I spend quite some time here wandering around and taking pictures, but at this point in my trip, I’m a little castled out. It’s hot and I’m still missing Sintra’s cool and crisp air and its fairy tale-like atmosphere. However, I go through the castle and its mostly bare courtyards and walk around the perimeter of the ramparts taking multitudes of pictures of Lisbon from on high.
Then I head out into the Alfama district to see what there is to see. Of course since I’ve barely read my guidebook, I don’t really know what there is to see. Nonetheless, I wander. Yes.