Guimarães Castle (Castelo de Guimarães) Tours

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Guimaraes Castle is a medieval castle in the city of Guimaraes in the northern part of Portugal. Built in the 10th century to defend against attacks from the Moors and Normans, it was expanded during the early Gothic period of Portuguese architecture. The walls of the castle form a pentagram, with eight rectangular towers, a military square and a central keep, which was added in the 13th century. Visitors can walk along the castle walls and visit the chapel of Sao Miguel inside.

Legend has it that Portugal’s first king was born at Guimaraes Castle and it is considered one of the country’s greatest historical symbols. The castle was declared a national monument in 1910 and the town as a whole is a UNESCO World Heritage site, as well as a former European Capital of Culture. Visitors can stay overnight in a pousada in Guimaraes or visit as a day trip from either Porto or Braga.

Practical Info

The town of Guimaraes is best reached from Porto. From the Porto airport, take the Metro to either the Campanha or Sao Bento stations to catch the train to Guimaraes. Alternatively, a direct bus from the airport runs to Guimaraes multiple times a day, costing around 14 Euro roundtrip. The Rede Expressos bus company also runs buses to Guimaraes from other major cities in Portugal. Guimaraes Castle is located in the center of the town and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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Address: R. Conde Dom Henrique, Guimarães, Portugal
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Braga and Guimarães Full Day Private Tour from Porto

Tour the 2,000-year-old city of Braga and the UNESCO-listed city of Guimaraes with a private guide on this 8-hour trip from Porto. Make the most of sightseeing on a tour that includes hotel pickup and drop-off and in-depth commentary about the history of each site.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$51.56 USD
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Porto Combo: Porto City Tour, Aveiro, Costa Nova, Douro, Braga and Guimarães

This is the ultimate action-packed tour of Portgual—ideal for those with limited time who want to see as much as possible, while traveling in comfort. You won’t have to worry about booking transport, as hotel pickup, drop-off, and transfers are included. Travel between dispersed sites with a guide to provide commentary. Highlights include a wine tasting in Porto, the canals of Aveiro, Costa Nova, Douro, Braga, and Guimarães. 
  • Duration: 3 days
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$289.65 USD
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Braga and Guimarães Small-Group Day Trip from Porto

Spend the day exploring two important northern Portugal cities, Braga and Guimarães, and learning about their significance to Portuguese history. Discover Braga’s religious sites—the Cathedral, and the Bom Jesus and Sameiro Sanctuaries—before heading to the medieval city of Guimarães. Walk around this UNESCO-listed ton and learn about its history as you pass important landmarks such as the Guimarães Castle.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$110.07 USD
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Porto Combo: Porto City Tour, Braga, Guimarães, Douro, Santiago de Compostela, Aveiro and Costa Nova

The UNESCO–listed city of Porto is surrounded on all sides by top attractions and hidden gems, with stunning seaside scenery and centuries of history to explore. On this 5-day guided tour, reach diverse sites of interest including Aveiro, Braga, Costa Nova, Douro, Guimarães, and Santiago de Compostela in comfort by air-conditioned minivan. With all your travel plus activities including wine-tasting included, relax and enjoy this beautiful corner of Portugal to the full.
  • Duration: 5 days
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Guimarães and Braga Day Trip from Porto

Journey to two of Portugal’s northernmost cities, Guimarães and Braga, on this immersive guided day trip from Porto, including lunch. Meet your expert guide and set out for Guimarães, an UNESCO World Heritage-listed town. See the 10th-century castle and the Dukes of Braganza Palace. Enjoy a satiating lunch at a local restaurant. Next, venture to Braga, where you will learn about its extensive Roman history from your informative guide. This is a great tour for Portuguese and European history buffs.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Braga and Guimarães with Lunch Included - Small Group - Full Day

Maximize time in Portugal with a full-day tour to the two heritage cities of Braga and Guimarães. After getting picked up at your hotel in Porto, explore the historic center and striking castle of Guimarães plus the Cathedral in Braga. Learn about each town’s history from your guide and relax over a traditional Portuguese lunch including Vinho Verde, a wine produced locally.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Best of Braga and Guimaraes Day Trip with Lunch from Porto

Discover the beauty of one of Portugal’s most underrated regions on this full-day guided tour of Minho, from Porto. Located in Northern Portugal, Minho is known for its bucolic countryside, lush terrain, vineyards and delicious cuisine. Spend the day exploring it all with the help of a knowledgeable guide, including eating a memorable lunch at a local restaurant. Visit two cities, Guimaraes and Braga, to get to know the heart of the region.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Full-Day Tour to Guimarães and Braga from Porto

Spend the day touring Guimarães and Braga. Discover why Guimarães has the distinction of a UNESCO world Heritage site as you have free time to explore the city center and stop for lunch. Admire the impressive façade and interiors of Bragança Palace, and try climbing the tower at Guimarães Castle if you’re feeling adventurous. This tour is ideal for visitors wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of Porto for a day of exploration.
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
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$98.48 USD
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Guimarães and Braga Day Trip from Porto Including Porto Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Baroque churches, turreted castles and medieval relics are just a few of the sights you can expect to see on this day trip to two of Portugal’s best-loved towns. Following pickup from central Porto, travel to Guimarães and explore its candy-colored Old Town with your guide. Then, continue to Braga, where you'll visit sights like Sé Cathedral on a guided tour before exploring independently. You’ll also receive a hop-on hop-off bus ticket, valid for 48 hours.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Private Tour: Braga and Guimarães from Porto

Go back in time and experience important moments in Portugal’s past on this full-day private tour of Braga and Guimarães from Porto. Your guide/driver will pick you up from your hotel and escort you to the oldest city in the country, Braga, also known as the “Rome of Portugal” for its rich culture and traditions. Here you’ll visit the Sé Cathedral, the Bom Jesus Sanctuary and Sameiro Sanctuary. Next it’s off to the medieval city of Guimarães, where you’ll visit several historic sites including the Guimarães Castle, the Palace of the Dukes and the city’s center. Don’t miss this chance to get out of the city and explore the most historic places in Portugal.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$72.41 USD
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Private Tour: Guimares and Braga Day Trip from Porto

Discover the rich culture of Guimarães and Braga on this private day trip from Porto. Northern portugal is home to the historical Minho province where lies the birthplace of the nation in Guimarães and the ancient city of Braga. With your expert guide visit famous monuments such as the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza the striking medieval Guimarães Castle. Then, explore the Bom Jesus do Monte sanctuary and Cathedral of Braga where you can delve into Braga’s Christian heritage. Your private guide allows for a flexible itinerary, so enjoy a tour that can adapt to your style along the way.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$49.24 USD
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Braga & Guimarães Tour - Historical Castle, Palace, Cathedral and Lunch included

Explore two of Northern Portugal’s oldest cities—Braga and Guimarães—on this full-day tour from Porto. Discover the spiritual heritage of Braga, visit the magnificent Braga Cathedral, and enjoy a lunch of traditional Portuguese cuisine at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, continue to Guimarães, where highlights include the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza and Guimarães Castle.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$127.44 USD
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Braga and Guimarães Full Day Private Tour from Porto

Explore some of northern Portugal’s key cities on this full-day private tour. First, stop at the historic city of Braga with over 2,000 years of history and a lot of ancient Roman influence. Then head to Guimarães to explore its medieval city center, Guimarães Castle, and the Dukes Palace. Learn about the rich history of the UNESCO-listed cities from your informative guide and admire their beautiful architecture.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$137.87 USD
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Guimarães Half Day Tour from Porto

Explore the city of Guimarães on a half-day tour from Porto. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed city is home to important historic sites including the 10th–century Guimarães Castle and the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza. Hear the story of the Padrão do Salado monument that stands outside the Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira church. Explore the historic town center as your guide shares informative commentary about the city’s history and importance to Portugal. Choose a morning or afternoon tour that includes admission to Guimarães Castle.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$57.93 USD
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Half-Day Small-Group Tour of Guimarães from Porto

Visit the historical city of Guimarães on a 4-hour small-group tour from Porto, ideal for lovers of ancient history. Travel in a small group limited to eight people and visit hihglights such as the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Guimaraes Castle (Castelo de Guimaraes), the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, and the city's historical center. Choose between morning or afternoon departure, and enjoy hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Minho Experience Private Tour

Private full-day tour to Guimarães, the "cradle of Portugal", and Braga, the "Portuguese Rome".During this tour you will visit the Castle of Guimarães, the Duke of Braganza Palace and and the historical city centre, a World Heritage Site since 2001.Braga is a city with more than two thousand years of history, dating back to Roman times, and known for its profusion of churches and shrines, especially the Bom Jesus Sanctuary.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Minho - History meets Beauty

Following a morning pick-up from your hotel in Porto, meet your private guide and take a seat on-board a luxury vehicle. With exclusivity and all the privacy go towards the north of Portugal to Minho region  Enjoy the impressive views, history and culture of Braga and Guimaraes. Have a glamorous lunch in one of the best restaurants in Braga.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$169.15 USD
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Semi-Private Minho City Tour: The Cradle of Portugal

Experience the Minho region of Portugal and its two most significant cities on this day trip from Porto. Visit Guimarães, often called the ‘cradle city,’ which dates back to the 9th century; its historical center is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Then continue to Braga, and see the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte. You’ll have free time during the tour to buy lunch, plus enjoy the lovely scenery of wineries and hills, where the region’s ‘green wine’ is made, as you travel to each place.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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