GUIMARÃES THE CRADLE OF PORTUGAL
(4 HOURS TOUR)
Afonso Henriques the first king of Portugal was born in Guimarães in 1109 and died the 6th December 1185 in Coimbra.
After a drive of 40 minutes we arrive at Guimarães, known as the cradle of Portugal due to the fact that Afonso Henriqueswho turned to be the first King of Portugal (1140) was born at Guimarães Castle. We begin the city tour by visiting the medieval castle ramparts and small Romanesque church, then will walk in the medieval streets of the historic center in time to arrive at the highlight of the tour: the palace of the Dukes of Bragança a gothic building from the 15th century where we will see the refurbished chambers and palace chapel. Return to the pier after a short stop at Penha hill.
ALTERNATIVE: This tour can be transformed into a full day tour (7 hours) by including a visit to Braga, the famous city of the archbishops and its major monuments: the cathedral and the baroque staircase of Bom Jesus Church.