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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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  • We did some walking on the walls and the views were terrific. But some of the walk ways were very narrow and a little dangerous, so we did not go too far. Still great. 
    We did some walking on the walls and the views were terrific. But some of the walk ways were very narrow and a little dangerous, so we did not go too far. Still great.  more »
  • We were on a tour with Viking River Cruises and did not have the opportunity to go in. Our guide told us that it was nice enough (but a rugged walk) but not a must-do or worth being concerned about.....  more
    We were on a tour with Viking River Cruises and did not have the opportunity to go in. Our guide told us that it was nice enough (but a rugged walk) but not a must-do or worth being concerned about.....  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
  • We loved our time here. You have the option to buy a combined ticket for the palace and the fortress or just to one of the sites. I recommend to buy the combined as you’ll love to see both places. BTW, you can only buy them at the palace, so don’t go to the fortress without a ticket. The palace is well maintained and they have explanations of each room in 4 different languages. Staff is polite and helpful. The only room for improvement is that the path to follow is not always clearly indicated. The fortress is about 2-3 minutes walk from the palace. The inside it’s not breathtaking, but it’s a great structure to see.

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