Check our Outside Porto tips! This week our suggestion is: take a one-day trip to Guimarães!
First of all, you should know that Guimarães is a very important city in Portugal’s history! Located 55 km to the north of Porto, Guimarães is associated with the foundation of the country and its identity, being known as its birthplace. The city was first known as Vimaraes, a name derived from Vímara Peres – the man that, in the 9th century, made this place the center of the Portucalense County.
This beautiful medieval village and its historical center were inscribed as World Heritage by UNESCO in 2001 and in 2012 it was one of Europe’s Capital of Culture. Guimarães is a very popular tourist destination and has great things to offer. Here are our tips on what to do and what to see there:
The Palácio dos Duques de Bragança (Palace of the Dukes of Bragança), a stately manor house from the 15th century that was built by King Afonso (the bastard son of King João I) to be a residence for him and his second wife, D. Constança de Noronha. This huge fortified house with a lot of chimneys is open to the public and it’s totally worth a visit (the ticket costs 5€).
The Castle, which was originally built in the 10th century to protect the monastery from the attacks of the Moorish and normans. In the 12th century, D. Henrique decided to live in the castle and make huge improvements in the primitive construction, making it bigger and stronger. The ticket cost 2€ – but you can get a discount ticket to see the castle and the palace, costing only 6€.
The recently renewed Casa da Memória (Memory House), located in an old plastic factory that now houses a permanent exhibition on the city’s history and culture. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, the ticket cost 3€ (4€ if you want a guided tour).
Hope you enjoy our tips! Don’t forget to check other posts on the section Outside Porto. AtWill is always here if you have doubts about Porto or Portuguese cities nearby! If you need something, please contact us!