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The Essential Free Tour of Guimarães

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: Spanish
Guru: Take
Quality Verified Registered on February 19, 2020

Take is a small local free tour company that wants to show its cities to the world. We have a team of talented and passionate guides who want to show you the nooks and crannies, secrets and stories of our unforgettable city. Come and discover Lisbon, Porto, Braga and Guimarães and all the charms and charisma of Portugal. Certificates of Excellence by TripAdvisor since 2018.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Embark on a journey where time folds, revealing the soul of a nation in the streets of Guimarães. Our Guimarães Free Walking Tour isn't just a stroll; it's a leap into the heart of Portugal's birth, a saga of over 3,000 years spun into a day of discovery. From the stirring whispers of Vimara Peres at the historic República do Brasil Square to the echoes of ancient legends at the imposing Guimarães Castle, every step uncovers a layer of the past, inviting you to live the stories that shaped a nation.

Our odyssey commences at the Historic República do Brasil Square, a testament to the city's foundational lore. Here, the saga of Vimara Peres, the revered warrior and administrator appointed by King Alfonso III of Asturias, sets the stage. It's not just a tale of conquest but of the genesis of a nation, where you'll feel the pulse of history that beats at the core of Guimarães.


As we tread the path less traveled, the São Francisco Church emerges as a beacon of spiritual and communal life, its stones steeped in the prayers of the Franciscan Order. Nearby, the remnants of the leather industry in the Zona dos Couros whisper of a time when Guimarães thrummed with artisanal prowess, a city at the vanguard of industrialization, where the legacy of craftsmanship and commerce melded with everyday life.


Winding our way to Largo do Toural, the very soul of Guimarães pulses underfoot. The inscription "Aqui Nasceu Portugal" is not just a statement but a proclamation of identity, etched into the fabric of the city. Each step through the historic center is a step back in time, with the medieval squares revealing layers of history, each with its own melody, its own rhythm.


The Largo da Oliveira is where history and legend intertwine, a square dominated by the Gothic Padrão do Salado shrine and the Nossa Senhora da Oliveira church. Here, the stories are as rich and varied as the architecture, from the heroics of Mumadona Dias to the legendary battles that have seared Guimarães into the heart of Portuguese identity.


Our journey then weaves through the enchanting Rua de Santa Maria, a thoroughfare that has borne witness to centuries of footsteps, leading us to the stoic Guimarães Castle. This fortress, perched majestically atop Mount Lalito, is a chronicle of stone, a testament to mythical battles, ancient legends, and the birthplace of a nation. The tales of King Afonso Henriques, Portugal's first monarch, come alive here, amidst the battlements that have watched over the city for a thousand years.

But Guimarães is not just a city of the past; it's a living museum where history and modernity converge. The Alameda Public Garden, with its lush vistas, offers a tranquil respite from the city's medieval heart, while Mount Penha, accessible by a scenic cable car ride, provides panoramic views that stretch across the horizon, a literal and metaphorical high point of our tour.

No visit to Guimarães would be complete without delving into the regal grandeur of the Duques de Bragança Palace, a masterpiece of architectural beauty and historical significance. Here, the opulence of the Portuguese nobility is on full display, a reminder of the city's enduring influence on the cultural and political fabric of the country.

 

As we navigate the cobbled streets, each turn reveals another layer of Guimarães' rich tapestry. From the Baroque splendor along Rainha D. Maria II Street to the historical insights around the Church of São Francisco, every landmark tells a story, every vista invites contemplation.

Join our Guimarães Free Walking Tour for an immersive experience that transcends the boundaries of time. This is not just a tour; it's a journey into the heart of Portugal, an exploration of its very soul, where the legends of yesteryear are the companions of today. With insider tips and recommendations woven into the narrative, your time in Guimarães will be as enriching as it is unforgettable.

Let us guide you through this historical marvel, where every stone, every street, and every monument is a testament to the indomitable spirit of Portugal. Witness the blend of history, culture, and legend that makes Guimarães a city like no other. Join us, and take home memories as enduring as the stones of the castle, as sweet as the pastries of Largo da Oliveira, and as proud as the inscription at Largo do Toural. This is the essence of Guimarães, the heart of Portugal.

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Highlights

What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Largo Republica do Brasi 437 4810225 ...
    Largo Republica do Brasi 437 4810225 Guimares Portugal
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    Blue umbrella in front of the church of Nossa Senhora da Consolação and Santos Passos

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Largo da República do Brasil
  • 2
    Free admission
    Igreja de São Francisco
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Jardim Público da Alameda
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Muralha de Guimarães
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Largo del Toural
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Largo da Oliveira
  • 7
    Outside visit
    Praça de São Tiago
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Estátua - D. Afonso Henriques
  • 9
    Outside visit
    Palacio de los duques de Braganza
  • 10
    Outside visit
    Castillo de Guimarães

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

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alberto 21 Jun 2024
Buenos Aires

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
El tour fue muy ameno. Con muchas historias divertidas y un guia abierto a caulquier pregunta que sw le efectuara. Muy recomendable
Joan 15 Jun 2024
Xeraco

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Travelled in group - Jun 2024
Muy amable tierna!
Miguel 04 Jun 2024
Toledo

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Nos ha gustado mucho y se nota q Daniela es de allí y buena profesional
Maria Cecilia 15 May 2024
San Juan

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Travelled in group - May 2024
Entretenida!!!
Manuel 04 May 2024
Madrid

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Travelled in group - May 2024
Nadie se presentó y nadie comunicó pese a poner mensajes avisando que estábamos allí esperando
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Who is this tour for?

Accessibility
Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Groups
Does not accept large group reservations.
Pets
Suitable for carrying pets.

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Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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