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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  • Guimarães is not the biggest of cities, but it manages to squeeze a lot of medieval charm into its borders. The original capital of the country, it’s home to this rather lovely castle on a... 
    Guimarães is not the biggest of cities, but it manages to squeeze a lot of medieval charm into its borders. The original capital of the country, it’s home to this rather lovely castle on a...  more »
  • A medieval castle, sort of a ruin. But you can climb up on the walls and admire the views of the countryside and part of the town. Great place for kids to climb around. 
    A medieval castle, sort of a ruin. But you can climb up on the walls and admire the views of the countryside and part of the town. Great place for kids to climb around.  more »
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  • Interesting piece of history however not much is open. You can walk around the grounds of the castle in about 5-10 minutes. There is no signage or exhibits to view. I hope this area is improved in the future as it would greatly benefit from this and has an interesting story behind it
  • It presents a really varied collection of items, but some of them aren't labeled. It's hard to spot and kind of far away for what it is. The best time to go is in the afternoon because its empty and you can take your time and really see everything. Good prices too, if you're a student.

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