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Guimarães Half-Day Tour from Porto

Product ID: 151073
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Known as the birthplace of the nation, Guimarães is a fascinating place to visit, with its proud castle and well-preserved medieval quarter.
About this activity
Duration 4 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, Italian, Portuguese

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Hotels in the historical centers of Porto and Gaia
Easy cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit Guimarães, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Explore the 10th century Guimarães Castle
  • Learn all about the foundation of Portugal
Full description
Your friendly guide will pick you up from your hotel and transport you to historic Guimarães, a 50-minute ride away. Guimarães became known as the nation’s birthplace after Portugal’s first king named it the capital in 1128. Learn about this and more ancient Portuguese history while exploring the renowned city center. 

During your exploration, stop in at the 10th-century Guimarães Castle (admission included) before continuing to the Romanesque church of St Miguel. While here, visit the baptismal site of Portugal’s first king, Afonso Henriques. Stroll over to the stately Palace of the Dukes of Bragança (optional), built in the fifteenth century to house the royal family.

Make your way toward the charming lower city to discover what earned this area of Guimarães its UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Meander through a sinuous maze of narrow streets, flanked by old houses decorated with statues. Arrive at the towering Nossa Senhora da Oliveira Church, where you can glimpse the ancient Padrão do Salado monument. Then journey to the outskirts of the city to explore Toural Square’s weekly fair. Pick up some goodies before driving back to your hotel.
Includes
  • Professional tour guide
  • Pick-up & drop-off at hotel
  • Transport in air-conditioned minivan
  • Walking tour in the historical center of Guimarães
  • Entrance to Guimarães Castle
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks

When you get there

Know before you go
• This tour operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately