Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Portugal  /  Northern Portugal  /  Braga District  /  Guimaraes  /  Historic Sites  /  Guimaraes Castle
Guimaraes Castle, Guimaraes
(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 Guimaraes itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Guimaraes

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Guimaraes by other users

37 days in Europe BY A USER FROM BRAZIL May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 12 days in Portugal BY A USER FROM ROMANIA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Portugal BY A USER FROM FRANCE November, hidden gems PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Portugal BY A USER FROM FRANCE November, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Northern Portugal BY A USER FROM ROMANIA November, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: November, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 8 days in Portugal BY A USER FROM CANADA April, culture, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Portugal BY A USER FROM ISRAEL October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Guimaraes & Porto BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Portugal BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES April, teens, popular PREFERENCES: April, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 49 days in Portugal BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 48 days in Portugal BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Guimaraes BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • It visited together with the Manor House with a bonus for €12 two people. It has a central tower in which there are several exhibitions up two or three plants. You can go through a few gateways and there are views of the Manor House and the city impressive, especially if you go at the last minute with the sunset.
    View original
  • The castle is beautiful and can be visited inside. There's an exhibition telling the story of Portugal, is very worthwhile. Be sure to go see the Castle at night too! It is illuminated and the park where he meets is totally safe.
    View original
  • It is very interesting to visit the historic castle. Associating with the exhibition of the history of the city, the building allows you to view the constructive methods of Defense of Portugal. The stonework and the various spaces are very interesting. Worth the visit!
    View original
Google
  • 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