Trip Planner Europe  /  Portugal  /  Northern Portugal  /  Braga District  /  Guimaraes  /  Historic Sites  /  Guimaraes Castle

Guimaraes Castle, Guimaraes

Categories: Castles, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.1/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web
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.
Create a full itinerary - for free!
going to
read all reviews »
  • Imposing medieval castle with an excellent check where you can make good pictures. Has a well structured and interesting media exposure. Ease of parking. In certain festive heights you can watch on the terrace of the castle to the so famous "oxen", typical and secular activity that maintains the tradition.
    show original
  • Interesting site, beautiful view, well taken care of and with historical account well done, next to the Palace of the Dukes which facilitates the visit.
    show original
  • To visit Castle from the inside without leadership, has beautiful rooms, large, magnificent tapestries and beautiful courtyard.
    show original
  • Portugal's Cradle, where the country was founded. Very well preserved externally. Kinda hollow inside as everything not stone vanished (as would be expected for a 1000+ year old castle) The interior tower is accessible and we'll preserved, with a very well structured exhibition inside explaining how Portugal came to be.
  • Atmospheric archetypical castle. Small but pretty, make sure to take a stroll also around the very outside of the walls . You can climb up into the battlements and into the central tower. Unfortunately you can see the nice exhibit inside the 3 story tower interior (but Portuguese only), but you can't climb all the way into the roof of the central tower, seems to be closed for safety reasons. But all the other wall towers you can climb to.
  • Evocative castle with enough standing to bring home what castles are really like. Well preserved and restored. Enjoyed the visit
  • Substantially (and impressively) reconstructed in the 20th century but a nice castle and grounds to explore for an hour or so.
  • awesome example of a historical side. not very touristy. mainly locals, through the back story of the castle is highly interesting and the exhibition is good organised.
Nearby Attractions
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 3​h
Visit for 4​h