In 2012 Guimaraes is a European ‘Capital of Culture'. Explore the ‘Cradle of Portugal', where Henri of Burgundy's son was proclaimed king in the early 12th century. You'll visit the renovated Palace of the Dukes of Braganza to see fine rooms adorned with superb tapestries, as well as the cloister and chapel. The palace, which surrounds a court, is crowned with battlements and topped with great brick chimneys. The town is best seen on foot and after a downhill walk ending at the tower ‘Torre da Alfandega' you will see in large letters the words ‘Aqui Nasceu Portugal', meaning ‘Portugal was born here'. There will be some free time for independent exploration of the medieval town centre after the walk.
|Moderate activity with more walking, possibly including short steep inclines and steps.|