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The most beautiful castles near Lisbon

Portugal is one of the oldest nations in Europe. Therefore, it is not surprising the amount of castles, fortresses and walls that are found throughout the country. Lisbon has the Castle of São Jorge but there are many more medieval fortified buildings outside the capital waiting to be 'So, if you like series like “Game of Thrones” or “The Witcher”, then you will love this medieval tour that we have prepared for you of the most beautiful castles outside Lisbon.

Palmela Castle - Palmela, Setúbal

Just over 40 minutes by car from Lisbon, the Pamela Castle is one of the factors that makes this town such a charming place. Located on top of a hill, the construction has Islamic origins. The Palmela Castle offers a privileged view over the town; a delight for all visitors.

Óbidos Castle - Óbidos

It was transformed into a guesthouse in the 20th century, which is why it is one of the best preserved in the country. The medieval village that its walls surround is also one of the most beautiful and best preserved in Europe, hosting various events and attracting thousands of visitors. Especially in summer when the famous Medieval Fair comes into action!

Moorish Castle - Serra de Sintra

The walls of this castle climb the Sintra mountain range, between colossal boulders. All together it has five towers, and offers a privileged view over the Atlantic and the Serra de Sintra.

A journey through time just over half an hour's drive from Lisbon

Our Hotel also provides a hop on hop off service available to book at the hotel reception, which provides a trip along the Sintra Line and makes an itinerary of the vital points that make this line a magical place.

Almourol Castle - Islet in the Tagus River Ribatejo Beach – Vila Nova da Barquinha

Located about an hour and a half from Lisbon, the Castle of Almourol is one of the most cinematographic in Portugal, built on a small islet, in the middle of the Tagus River.

The crossing to Almourol Castle is done aboard a small boat, which will make this visit an unforgettable medieval getaway outside Lisbon.

Torres Vedras Castle - Torres Vedras

Situated in Torres Vedras, this castle has stunning views over the city. It's worth taking a family outing, getting to know the castle's spaces and taking some time to enjoy the panoramic view while having a nice picnic!

Some are better preserved than others; but all have their own charm that will make each visit unique!

We hope that this list shows you the most beautiful castles outside Lisbon that will take you back in time, on a journey to the enchanted kingdoms that Portugal is pleased to offer.

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