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- Guimaraes; A UNESCO World Heritage Site. The former medieval capital of Portugal, rich in history and magnificent buildings,
- Dukes Palace: Located in the historic city center, this medieval estate from the 1420s is the former residence of the first Dukes of Braganza. It was declared a National Monument in 1910.
- Historical center stroll: Walk the streets of this charming medieval city that is so important to the founding of the nation. See the Royal Collegiate Church. Originally built as a monastery in the 10th century, it became a famous pilgrimage site.
About This Oporto Tour
It's not every day that you get to visit the birthplace of a nation. Known as the "cradle of the Portuguese nationality," the town of Guimaraes precedes the foundation of Portugal. Many major political and military events here led to the independence and birth of a new nation in 1128. And it's still going strong today. In 2012, The New York Times considered Guimaraes a "must visit" destination and the European Union proclaimed it a European Capital of Culture.
Travel back in time as you visit the 15th-century Palace of the Dukes of Braganza. This impressive estate houses a museum and art gallery with portraits, tapestries, fine furniture, and porcelain. The museum collection aims to educate the public about its history during the 16th and 17th centuries. Included in the collection are the tapestries of Pastrana, which depict North African conquests, and a set of porcelains from the Portuguese East India Company. These precious artifacts are a few examples of the incredible collection that calls the palace home.
As you walk the town's center, delight in discovering peaceful corners, narrow streets, and a former manor house. Don't miss the incredibly old church situated in the main square. In the 10th century, Countess Mumadona Dias erected a monastery on her property known as Vimaranes, an area now known as "vila baixa" (downtown). At the same time, she ordered construction of a castle to defend the settlement, located in the area now known as "vila alta" (uptown). The monastery later became the "Real Colegiada" or Royal Collegiate Church. On your way back to your coach, take note of the words emblazoned on one of the towers of the city's old wall: "Aqui nasceu Portugal" ("Portugal was born here"). Viva Portugal!
Bacon from heaven
For those of us with a sweet tooth, this Portuguese almond cake does not disappoint! Toucinho do Ceu is literally translated as "bacon from heaven" for two reasons. The first is because the recipe uses pork lard, and the second reason is that it is unbelievably delicious. The town of Guimaraes had a feminine monastery that had a major influence over the local gastronomy, and this delicious confection is a good example of their contribution.
Arriving by cruise ship? Please proceed pier side to the tour loading area and look for our tour representative with the displayed logo sign.
Guimaraes is an UNESCO heritage site. It was the European capital of culture in 2012. The city was founded more than 1000 years ago. It was also the birth place of the first King of Portugal according to tradition.
Don't forget your camera for some amazing photo opportunities along your tour!
Expect a moderate amount of walking up steep hills in places and over cobbled streets, with some steps to climb. If your mobility is limited, this tour will be too challenging for you. It is not wheelchair accessible.
Bus Tour, Cultural, Family Friendly, Shopping, Scenic
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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