Castle : Michelin's recommendations
On a sort of promontory, the castle is partly a pousada. It looks down on the surrounding countryside. A visit will reveal three ages of construction. Firstly you cross a surrounding wall built at the end of 17C and inspired by the Vauban system, then you go up a switchback as far as the second line of major fortifications, probably built by the Moors. Finally you reach the keep and the parade ground which date from the end of the 14C. From the top of the keep, there is a very attractive panoramic view to the west over the Serra da Arrabid;.south over a line of windmills, Setubal, the isthmus of Troia and the Atlantic; north, over the roofs of Palmela and, in the distance, Lisbon and the Serra de Sintra... At the western end of the castle is the church of Sant'lago and its monastery built in the 15C by the Knights of St James who were in the castle from 1186. The church, built in the Romanesque transitional style, is a construction of great symplicity with attractive proportions. The walls are dressed with azulejos. Notice on the ground the sculpted coat of arms of the order of the Knights of St James and, in a Manueline niche on the lower left side, the tomb of George of Lancaster, the natural son of King João II and the last master of the order.