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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. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Guimaraes holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Guimaraes Castle and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • The castle looks imposing from the outside but there's not much to see inside the walls. Worth a visit if in Guimaraes but a special trip is not warranted. 
    The castle looks imposing from the outside but there's not much to see inside the walls. Worth a visit if in Guimaraes but a special trip is not warranted.  more »
  • Built in the 11th century high above the city. Extremely well preserved. Beautiful surroundings in a park. Then you walk down to the city passing the Capela de Sao Miguel. 
    Built in the 11th century high above the city. Extremely well preserved. Beautiful surroundings in a park. Then you walk down to the city passing the Capela de Sao Miguel.  more »
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  • Given the weather, fog, and winter colours, the castle and palace looked absolutely eerie and beautiful! It cost 6 euros for the combined ticket and both can be done in an hour. The palace is original and underwent some renovations but the castle was completely rebuilt in the 1940s. There's not much to see actually and the outside is way better than the inside. We couldn't go to the very top of the tower as it was cordoned off. There is free parking around the area.
  • It's a historic site of great importance for Guimarães and the whole of Portugal and the mighty walls and towers, are very well preserved...the imposing original fortress was built in the 10th century to defend the Monastery of Santa Maria from the incursions of the Moors. It's located on a hill overlooking the city below...Inside of the castle, you can climb inside the tribute tower, while visiting a small exhibition that tells us the history of the castle and of Portugal. The tour is well organized and takes little time. Entrance to the visit is paid: The ticket is very cheap, only 2 euros, so it's worth visiting the interior.

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