Free Friday: Old City of Guimarães, Portugal

Guimarães, Portugal is the ‘cradle of the Portuguese nationality’.The battle that gave birth to the country of Portugal occurred near Guimarães, and it is believed that the country’s first King, Afonso Henriques, was born there.

Ducal Palace

Statue of Dom Afonso Henriques

The historic town center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as it is an exceptionally well-preserved and authentic example of the evolution of a medieval settlement into a modern town in Europe.

Oliveira Plaza

Oliveira Plaza

Walking at the historic center gives a glimpse of what a medieval city looks like.

No fee is required for a walk at the medieval city of Guimarães, but one does need to get a hold of transportation to get there.  From Porto, the nearest big city, one can take the bus, metro, or train. There are also guided day trips from Porto to Guimarães.

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About Dee Gilbert

I am one half of a couple who loves to travel; the half who likes to write and share travel experiences. Reading about travelers' experiences inspire me more to see the world. So, I thought, perhaps in my own little way I could inspire others, too. :)
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2 Responses to Free Friday: Old City of Guimarães, Portugal

  1. ralietravels says:

    Great trip! You saw a lot of Portugal.
    Assuming you are home, do you find their fires have a specail grip on your attention now?

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    • Dee Gilbert says:

      Yes, I’m home. Our trip was only 10 days. We were a bit reluctant to end our time there. Portugal is a beautiful country. It was sad to read about the fire and the deaths. The area is only 24 minutes from Fatima. Having been there, I definitely paid attention to news about the fire. Thankfully, it appears to be under control now.

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