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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  • Disclaimer: I am not easily impressed by castles, towers. So I was not impressed by this one either. We got combo tickets. First one was a museum and a castle. Not many signs in English so I could not understand exactly what it was going on in there. There were many rooms with pictures and vases. Nothing outstanding. Now while visiting the tower, you get to climb the walls surrounding the big tower. Great views around.
  • Very scenic "stronghold" style castle. Just the light poles sometimes obstruct the nice views from all angles, I guess they could have placed the lights on ground level. Entry fee to get inside is only 2 EUR adult and is worth going inside. It's a pity that the top of the big central tower (keep) is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. It is easily walkable from the old town or train station.
  • A small rock solid castle on the top of a hill in Guimaraes overseeing the entire town. Visitors paying 2€ can enter the castle and walk on the wall of the castle to have a 360° panorama of Guimaraes, otherwise walking around the outer castle is also enjoying. The nearby palace needs extra 4€ for entry and additional 2€ to watch the hostorical treasure of the palace.
  • I'm glad we stopped by this castle on our way to bom jesus do Monte. What I love the most about this castle and other Portuguese castles are the fact that you can go up and walk around the sides of the wall. It makes me reminisce about soldiers who patrol the area back in the time tunnel. We visited this castle during a cloudy day and it rained slightly when we went. We were pretty much the only visitors for that reason. Be careful if you go here while it rains because some part of the rock or stairs could be really slippery. They also have student prices to lower the entrance fee. You can also see the palace of the Duke of Braganza from the castle tower.
  • When I was there the Castle was closed due to strikes but I was able to look it from the outside and it's amazing! Make sure to check if the castle is open the days you are visiting!
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