Guimarães Castle, Guimaraes

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Get a feel for feudal Portugal at the 10th century Guimarães Castle. Originally constructed by the Countess of Portugal, Mumadona Dias, to protect the area from invading Moors and Normans, the castle has long been associated with the roots of the Portuguese nation. D. Afonso Henriques, the founder and first King of Portugal, was born here in 1111. Walk within the square keep of the castle and around the central tower. Entrance is free, but much of the castle is barricaded and cannot be entered. In the courtyard you'll find local falconers who keep falcons and owls and will allow them to perch on your arm for a small fee. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Guimaraes holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Guimarães Castle and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Portugal was born ... The castle is nothing more than a construction without much to see, but treating the crib of Portugal e5locak the visit without leftover doubt. Attention to timetables, because they don't let even with ticket after hours. We recommend the purchase of ticket together with the Palace of the Dukes
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  • Good to know a little more of the history of Portugal. The improvements were enough and so became more accessible. Excellent exposure on keep.
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  • Do not expect a visit to the Palace of Versailles or see some french medieval castles. You will be entitled to a tour of the ramparts with a ride in the main tower. The essential remains the city view points which allow nice pictures.
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  • Place where Portugal started. Nice small castle and museum near each other. Don't miss the main square with nice cafes. The one on the corner street at the end of the main square going up towards the smaller square and castle has a great deal on delicious pastries after 3 or 4 pm.
  • Birthplace of Portugese monarchy. Well maintained. The outer wall was built later. The tower was the original structure
  • Every bit as good as any National Trust property. Information boards in every room. Lots of furniture, paintings and tapestries help with interpretation of this comprehensively and sympathetically restored building.
  • Interesting castle in the cradle of Portugal. Walk through the walls and enjoy nice views of the city of Guimarães or come into its middle tower. Goodvalue for money (2€ admission, also available combined tickets for the Palace and the castle)
  • History and beauty. The complex is a great visit.

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Where to stay in Guimaraes

As one of Portugal's biggest tourist cities and home to a wealth of historical buildings and other sites, Guimaraes boasts a wide array of options for accommodations ranging from extensive boutique hotels to basic youth hostels. To place yourself right in the midst of the action, check into a hotel or guesthouse in the town's medieval center, which reflects a multitude of different architectural styles that have earned it a place on the World Heritage List. Note, however, that with this popularity comes a higher pricetag. To keep costs down, try staying in the residential areas south of the center, which still provide quick access by foot or public transportation to the main sights.
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