Guimaraes Castle, Guimaraes

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Get a feel for feudal Portugal at the 10th century Guimaraes 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 Guimaraes Castle and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • The truth is that a castilllo that is worth visiting. We could not enter because we were going with baby strollers, but if we go to the Palace and walked up to the Castle
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  • It is different, beautiful, historic and highly recommended but little more is what you see in the photos entry 2euros/pax. On a television show the history of the castle in a sympathetic way, that I really liked... That and you have coffee inside a tower machine!... Haha
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  • A very interesting building, given the historical significance and that's how it is well preserved. It was refreshing to climb on walls, explore the city and its surroundings. I am sure that the kids in awe of such attractions.
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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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