Guimarães is one of Portugal’s most historical cities. Due to the fact that this was where the first king of Portugal was born and also where the reconquest of Portugal from the Moors began, the city is often referred to as the birthplace of Portugal. There are many historical monuments to see, which is why UNESCO have added it to the list of their World Heritage sites.
A one hour drive from the port takes you to the town of Guimarães, where you start the excursion with a visit to the Dukes Palace. Inside this impressive 15th century building, later occupied by the Portuguese dictator Salazar, you will be able to appreciate the many wonderfully furnished rooms filled with tapestries, paintings and furniture.
Afterwards you have the chance to stroll around the picturesque city center, where you'll visit the 10th-century castle where Don Afonso Henriques, the first King of Portugal was born. Continue along charming cobblestone streets, Santa Maria and Oliveira main square, with its many beautiful medieval buildings.
You will have some time at your own leisure before rejoining the coach and travelling back to the ship.
- Language: English
- Included: Entrance Dukes Palace and Guimarães Castle.
- Walking information: Approx. 1.300 m walking over cobbled stone and uneven terrain. Not recommended for guests with walking difficulties.
- This tour is not combinable with Oporto Highlights