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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. Before you head to Guimaraes, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Guimaraes trip itinerary planner, to make sure you see all that Guimaraes has to offer, including Guimaraes Castle.
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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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  • This is a recreation done during the Salazar regime. The dictator thought that the city in which Portugal was historically born should have some old looking things in it. It looks like the real thing ...  more »
  • A fine castle but nonetheless a ruin. Guimaraes castle is a must see attraction in Guimaraes with panoramic views of the old town and a good starting point to study the local history and the formation...  more »
  • the exhibition tells the story of Portugal in a timeline form, and though it is intersting, a little more visual displays would be nice. The rest can be compared to the lindoso castle, it is rather sm...  more »
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  • Nice place to visit, put in mind it is not opened all the week. The walk around it is fascinating
  • The birth of portugal, awesome castle defintely worth a visit.
  • Great castle, good views, great way to tell history
  • Castle ruins with a little museum in the central tower containing information about how Afonso Henriques became the first King of Portugal.
  • Great old castle to walk around & good information displays.