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Secret Guimarães - Full day

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  • Location: Guimarães
  • Duration: 9H
  • Seats available: -
  • Min. capacity: 2

Guimarães is a small city in the northern region with around 52,000 inhabitants in its urban center, where we can admire a fascinating "medieval" complex that maintains the structure and architectural features of the Middle Ages. The historic center of the city is distinguished as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (2001), as result of an exemplary recovery work that began in the 1980s, and which carries to this day an admirable sense of unity and preservation of people and territory. There are several must-visit/must see monuments, however, just wandering through the narrow streets and small squares, as well as contemplating the beautiful facades laden with history, takes us back to the past without the need for a time machine. The 10th-century Castle or the 15th-century Palace will impress both adults and younger visitors, as well as some of the 11 churches within the walled perimeter will make you stop and reflect on such grandeur! It is true that we have a strong religious character, but also a remarkable defensive orientation evidenced by a 3km long wall and several watchtowers.

Also in terms of culture, the city stands out with abundant programming in the various artistic areas. The creative way found involves revitalizing Bairro C / Zona de Couros - which previously housed tanning workers, peasants and the most disadvantaged - and today hosts university campus, work and research centres, artistic residencies... This area of the city greatly contributed to the choice as European Capital of Culture (2012).

Strongly linked to the first events that led to the founding of Portugal, it has the connotation of "the cradle of the nation" for all Portuguese people. In fact, here was born the one who would become the first and most notable portuguese king -Afonso Henriques (gov. 1143-1185)- and here the battle for independence against the supremacy of the kingdom of León and Castile took place (Batalha de S. Mamede - 1128). Guimarães forms in itself a unique historical and cultural legacy in our country, making it one of the most visited nationally.

The second part of the visit will take us to the highest point at around 40 km, where you will have contact with nature and a fantastic view over the city of Guimarães. The Penha Park rises to about 600mts and comprises a green area of 60ha. It is a sacred site topped by a sanctuary and various religious references, as well as an archaeological study area with traces of occupation dating back to the 1st century BC.

Get to know this enchanted city and discover true secrets that few inhabitants know about!


Itinerary resume


09:30 am - Toural square 
10:00 am - Palace of the Dukes and Chapel 
11:00 am - Medieval castle 
12:00 am - Fortifed Walls 
12:30 am - Church of N. Sra. da Oliveira 
01:00 pm - Santiago Sq. and Sta. Maria St. 
01:30 pm - Lunch / Free time
02:30 pm - S. Francis order
03:30 pm - Leather Area
04:30 pm - Penha Mountain
06:30 pm - Guimarães city center

Spoken languages:
  • en English

  • pt Portuguese

  • fr French

  • es Spanish


Regular tour:

Pick up at your accommodation (Guimarães city center)
Entrances + Guided tour Guimarães Castle
Entrances + Guided tour Palace of the Dukes of Bragança
Private transfers to/from Guimarães city center and Penha mountain
Personal accident and liability insurance 


+Porto pick up:

Pick up/drop at Porto (or other city in 40km radius of Guimarães)
Entrances + Guided tour Guimarães Castle
Entrances + Guided tour Palace of the Dukes of Bragança
Private transfers to/from Guimarães city center and Penha mountain
Personal accident and liability insurance 
Bottled water in the van (pick up's)
Wi-Fi in the van (pick up's)


* This tour is done in any weather condition, and has outdoor component. According to forecasts, ensure the use of:
- Comfortable shoes/Fresh clothes
- Waterproof clothing/Rain protection


* Lunch break will be free time. You can accept our guide's suggestions, or simply enjoy in private.


If you wish accommodation pick up, kindly provide address/name on checkout "Additional info" fields.

Standard meeting point: 

Largo da República do Brasil 33, 4810-531 Guimarães

Cancelation policy

Cancellation by the client

Up to 48h before = 100% refund
Less than 48h = 30% refund

Cancellation by Portugal Autêntico

All times = 100% refund

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