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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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  • We call the first light tomorry make the visit to the castle of Ghosh. As much as we know it is in the city center, it is advisable to have signage & the show where it is and is. Didn't find anything, but of course we gave to him. Enter the Castle, had 3 employees to sell 2 tickets (a sell and the others watch, this right). Complicated the sale because there was no system, we just wanted to pay for the entrance we don't need receipt for irs and the receipt the manuals they served perfectly, but it was hard. Signs inside the castle to inform the course also not. For what? Think someone responsible, on the one hand out the other, it seems logical, but after we cross ourselves with people on the way, with few people does not make a difference but in a day with many visitors seems really bad. We need to think about organizing because of the visit that was the point that more we remember, the idea was to keep the castle itself as memory. The view is breathtaking and we like.
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  • The truth is that the price already indicates that it will not be big thing (2€). And indeed it is not, they do not let you climb to the top to see a panoramic view of the city. You're going up a pretty mediocre show and when you come up you put a poster that you cannot pass. For the part of out say that it is no big deal but it improves the above and can get some pictures and little more.
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  • The Castle has only the hull to visit. You can walk around the walls, which is pretty cool. You have a lovely view upstairs.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Must see in Guimaraes. 2eur pet person to get in. Small museum inside
  • Evocative castle with enough standing to bring home what castles are really like. Well preserved and restored. Enjoyed the visit
  • Very nice castle, well preserved. A must see