Braga & Guimarães Tour Full Day
Surprise yourself on this wonderful full day trip to the gems of Minho Region: Braga and Guimarães, two imperative cities full of history.
This exciting journey on a comfortable air-conditioned bus starts right after your guide picks you up at your hotel. Our first stop will be Braga, the Capital of Minho, and then we will discover the historic city of Guimarães. Prepare your cameras and come with us to explore two of the most important cities for the History of Portugal!
Our tour starts in the direction of Braga. Along the way, enjoy the lush landscape and green of the mountains, valleys, and rivers. Braga is a deeply religious city and this guided tour will allow you to visit the Triangle of Faith: the Cathedral, the Sameiro Sanctuary, and the Bom Jesus Sanctuary. Exciting, right?
The Sameiro Sanctuary, a Marian shrine, is a strong proof of the Christian heritage. A dazzling building that attracts a great number of devotees and tourists. Did you know that the Mount Sameiro is the highest point in the city? From there, you will have breathtaking views that run hundreds and hundreds of kilometers. Not only for the Catholic faith but for its architecture, you will understand why this monument is so incredible in everyone's eyes.
Later, we will find the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte, one of the greatest highlights of this tour. Famous for its endless stairs and Baroque details, this place will definitely impress you! Not only a religious monument but also a truly romantic and relaxing place, with stunning views of the city. Here, Nature is privileged and protected with the utmost affection.
It's now time to visit the magnificent Cathedral of Braga (also known as Sé de Braga), a monument that combines three different styles: Romanesque, Manueline and Baroque. It is the oldest Cathedral in Portugal - it was even built several decades before the founding of the country! Undoubtedly, this imposing Cathedral is the greatest landmark of Braga.
We will take a break in the historic center of Braga to enjoy a tasty traditional lunch. Relax and appreciate this time.
After lunch, we will drive to Guimarães, the birthplace of Portugal and a World Heritage Site, since 2001. This was the city where the first King of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques, was born. The history of Guimarães is related to the foundation of the national identity and the Portuguese language.
We will have the opportunity to enter and explore the Castle of Guimarães, the 10th-century national symbol. From the outside, its medieval structure looks impressive; on the inside, you can have stunning views over the city. Then, we will continue passing through the Palace of the Bragança Dukes and visit the São Miguel Church.
Observe the imposing statue of D. Afonso Henriques and walk through the Martins Sarmento Square. To end this short walking tour, you will discover the Santa Maria Street, the City Hall, the Santiago Square, and the Senhora da Oliveira Church.
Guimarães is an authentic example of the evolution of a medieval city throughout History!
At last, we will return to Porto and your guide will drop you off at your hotel.
Portuguese, English, Spanish, and French
Most of the times the tour is done in one language, but it can be held in more than one.
- Hotel pick up and drop off (hotels in the center of Porto / Vila Nova de Gaia )
- Professional local guide
- Transportation on a comfortable minibus
- Complete lunch in a traditional restaurant
- Entrance to Sameiro and Bom Jesus Sanctuary
- Entrance to Sé/Cathedral of Braga: the oldest in Portugal
- Entrance to Guimarães Castle: medieval castle
- Entrance to S. Miguel Church
- Walking tour in Guimarães: Unesco World Heritage since 2001
Price does not include
- Other meals and drinks
- Personal expenses
- Gratuities (optional)
- You must present either a paper voucher for this activity.
- Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and to bring your voucher and a camera!