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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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  • Very well maintained Castle. With great views. Pity it has not been possible to visit the main wall, as in so many others. Worth the visit.
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  • I went to the medieval castle and I really enjoyed, I was impressed with the structure still preserved. Tour not to be missed!
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  • The wall of the Castle from the outside is impressive! But to get into the wall, I was a little disappointed, because inside there were only ruins and a tower in the middle of the courtyard. But the feeling of disappointment soon fell behind. Walking around the wall has beautiful views of the surroundings. The Tower in the middle of the patio is actually a museum that tells the story of d. Afonso Henriques, the first King of Portugal. Very interesting Museum, which tells the story of Afonso and the formation of Portugal!
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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