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Guimarães

Guimaraes, Portugal

The Basics

Step into the past and explore Guimarães’ graceful iron verandas, granite balconies, arches connecting narrow streets, and cloisters. Among the city’s well-preserved 15th- to 19th-century buildings are the medieval Guimarães Castle and the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança. Guided tours from Porto typically take you to see all the historic highlights.

An emerging cultural hot spot, Guimarães was designated the European Capital of Culture in 2012 (along with Maribor, Slovakia). In the plethora of museums, monuments, and art galleries, the Vila Flor Cultural Center stands out—housed in the renovated Vila Flor Palace, it has a concert café, exhibition gallery, and award-winning gardens.

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Porto: Guimarães and Braga Day Trip
Porto: Guimarães and Braga Day Trip
star-4.5
$97.98 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Fantastic
The knowledge of the guide and how he made sure everyone was ok and attended to needs. He made sure we did not do excessive uphill so we could enjoy experience
Yolanda_M, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Northern Portugal

star-5
A great experience
Mary_O, Nov 2021
Best of Braga and Guimaraes Day Trip from Porto
Our tour guide Daniel was fantastic and very knowledgeable. He made the trip incredibly interesting. The churches visited in Braga were each different and beautiful. However, Guimarães captured my heart. Incredible.
star-5
Terrific Tour
Jane_L, Oct 2021
Porto: Guimarães and Braga Day Trip
Excellent tour. The guide, Andres, was informative and friendly. A great mix of history and cultural info, without staying anywhere too long. Minibus was immaculately clean & the driver was great, too.
star-5
Very interesting shows a lot of Portuguese history
Rana_B, Dec 2021
Best of Braga and Guimaraes Day Trip from Porto
This is one if the most enjoyable trips I ever had , the positive energy of the guide made the the group become friends so I had lots of fun although I was alone . The information was excellent , deep , very intriguing, the guide , with her positive energy and dedication , made all information given in an interesting way , not boring at all . The sites and information were amazing even for non religious person like me . thanks for the happy hours and joyful moments love it
star-5
Well worth the trip!
Paulajmiranda, Dec 2021
Best of Braga and Guimaraes Day Trip from Porto
After another tour through a different agency was cancelled I decided to book this trip. It was well worth it. Fun trip, beautiful cities. Sylvia was great! I highly recommend this trip.
star-5
One of the best tours of Braga and Guimarães!
Michelle_R, Nov 2021
Porto: Guimarães and Braga Day Trip
I expected to see beautiful sights, after all this is Portugal! What I got was a comprehensive tour including history, culture, and anecdotal tales including some general history of Portugal and moods of the separate cities. This tour went way beyond my expectations.
star-5
Great day trip.
Estela_G, Oct 2021
Porto: Guimarães and Braga Day Trip
Manuel, our very welcoming, efficient, enthusiastic guide was very informative. I would have liked more time spent visiting the town of Guimares.
star-5
Our Tour guide , Julio ,...
theresa_b, Oct 2021
Braga and Guimarães Tour with Lunch from Porto
Our Tour guide , Julio , was very knowledgeable and made our experience a very pleasant and unforgettable one!
star-5
Half day was not long enough
Arthur_N, Sep 2021
Guimarães Half Day Tour from Porto
This was the smallest small-group tour possible with just the two of us and our British [Welsh ] driver /guide. Having his undivided attention added so much to this memorable half day as we were able to ask questions and learn so much more. The pace was relaxing and unhurried and we learned about the surrounding region in addition to Guimaraes
star-5
Fantastic Experience!
ANDREW_A, May 2019
Guimarães Medieval Tour
We cannot say enough about how exceptional this small tour was. Ricardo was amazing! Incredibly knowledgeable about the history and culture of Portugal in general and Guimares in particular. And he was funny and delightful to be with. It could not have been a more positive experience!
star-5
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rstormla, Jan 2020
Guimarães Half Day Tour from Porto
he did an excellent job. We spent the morning learning about local history and the area. We had a little free time but not much as just a half day tour. Over all it was about as good as you could do in such a short time.
star-5
Great day tour from Porto
LAURA_C, Oct 2021
Porto: Guimarães and Braga Day Trip
You won't be sorry you took this tour. Both sites very important to Portuguese History and very beautiful. The group was small (5) and the guide was good. Pick up and drop off at my hotel door step. Worked perfectly for me especially I had an extra day in Porto
star-5
Pleasant experience with Andre'
Walter_N, Nov 2021
Best of Braga and Guimaraes Day Trip from Porto
The Sameiro Sanctuary was a beautiful place, and the Braga Cathedral was also. We also enjoyed visiting Guimaraes, and our guide Andre' was excellent source of information for us.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Guimarães Pass offers free admission to many city landmarks.

  • Take the cable car to Monte da Penha for the best viewpoint in the city.

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How to Get There

You can reach Guimarães by train in about an hour and 20 minutes from Porto’s São Bento Station. From Lisbon, the train takes around four hours. You can also get there from most major Portuguese cities by direct bus. Getting around the city center is easiest on foot, but bus service is available.

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When to Get There

Guimarães has a temperate climate, which stretches the optimal time to visit all the way from early April to early November. For fewer crowds, avoid summer (August) and school holidays.

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What to Eat

Guimarães is also known for its culinary heritage. Try a torta de Guimarães, a sweet croissant-like pie stuffed with squash, egg, and almond. And, don’t miss the chance to sample an almond cake known as toucinho do céu (which translates to “bacon from heaven,” due to its use of bacon lard). The city’s top restaurant is the modern European, Michelin-starred A Cozinha.

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