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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  • August 18, 2017
    Portugal was born ... The castle is nothing more than a construction without much to see, but treating the crib of Portugal e5locak the visit without leftover doubt. Attention to timetables, because they don't let even with ticket after hours. We recommend the purchase of ticket together with the Palace of the Dukes
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  • August 18, 2017
    Good to know a little more of the history of Portugal. The improvements were enough and so became more accessible. Excellent exposure on keep.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Do not expect a visit to the Palace of Versailles or see some french medieval castles. You will be entitled to a tour of the ramparts with a ride in the main tower. The essential remains the city view points which allow nice pictures.
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  • Nice place to visit, put in mind it is not opened all the week. The walk around it is fascinating
  • The birth of portugal, awesome castle defintely worth a visit.
  • Great castle, good views, great way to tell history
  • Castle ruins with a little museum in the central tower containing information about how Afonso Henriques became the first King of Portugal.
  • Great old castle to walk around & good information displays.

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Where to stay in Guimaraes

As one of Portugal's biggest tourist cities and home to a wealth of historical buildings and other sites, Guimaraes boasts a wide array of options for accommodations ranging from extensive boutique hotels to basic youth hostels. To place yourself right in the midst of the action, check into a hotel or guesthouse in the town's medieval center, which reflects a multitude of different architectural styles that have earned it a place on the World Heritage List. Note, however, that with this popularity comes a higher pricetag. To keep costs down, try staying in the residential areas south of the center, which still provide quick access by foot or public transportation to the main sights.
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