After taking this tour you will come away with a better understanding about the three largest cities in Northern Portugal. If you have already spent a day or two in Porto you already understand why it is the commercial center of the three aforementioned cities. This tour will enlighten you as to why Braga is the religious center of the north and Guimaraes the center of nobility.
The van picked us up at our hotel at 9:00. We stopped at a nearby hotel to pick up the third member of our group and off we went. Our driver and guide, Pedro, was absolutely outstanding. His knoweldge of both the political and religious history of the north was amazing. In Braga we visited two religious shrines on the outskirts of the twon and from there we visited the cathedtal in the center of the city.
After our visit to the cathedral we stopped for lunch. The menu of the day included soup, a choice of meat or fish, salad, dessert and your beverage of choice.
From Braga we made the ten-minute drive to Guimaraes where we visited the Castle and then leisurely made our way to the center of town strolling through the world heritage streets. We were back in the van at 5:00 and reached our hotel at 6:00. A most enjoyable experience!
The day was rainy but we had a great time. The guide was fun, knowledgeable and patient. Took the time to make sure we saw more than was promised.
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