Embark on a remarkable journey through time as we introduce you to two of Portugal’s oldest cities: Guimarães and Braga. These captivating destinations are brimming with history, culture, and architectural marvels that will leave you in awe.
Guimarães, known as the cradle of the nation, holds a significant place in Portuguese history. Its origins trace back to a villa named Vimaranes, a name that still resonates with the inhabitants who proudly call themselves “Vimaranenses.” Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Guimarães enchants visitors with its rich historical heritage. Explore the majestic castle that once housed the counts of Portugal during the 10th and 11th centuries, marvel at the exquisite Bragança Duques Palace from the 15th century, and take a leisurely stroll through the captivating historical city center.
Braga, a city steeped in religious significance, boasts a history that spans over 2000 years. The city’s monuments and churches serve as testaments to its enduring past, with the Cathedral standing as a grand example. This imposing structure showcases a captivating blend of architectural styles, ranging from Roman to Baroque. As you explore Braga’s streets, you’ll also encounter splendid houses, particularly from the 18th century, adding to the city’s allure. Beyond its historical heritage, Braga exudes a youthful, cosmopolitan atmosphere, embracing diversity and showcasing success and prosperity in various sectors, including culture, commerce, industry, and services.
Join us on this extraordinary adventure as we guide you through the ancient streets of Guimarães and Braga. Let the stories and wonders of these remarkable cities envelop you, leaving you with lasting memories of their beauty and cultural significance.
We will meet you at Rua Cândido dos Reis 105, Porto, around 08:15 AM
Our itinerary includes visiting the traditional Braga City Centre, home to the oldest Cathedral in Portugal. From there, we will head to the famous Bom Jesus do Monte sanctuary. If time allows, we may even visit a unique place in Portugal where cars seemingly defy gravity and roll uphill. Our journey in Braga promises historical charm and intriguing surprises.
On our way to Guimarães, we will stop at a highly recommended restaurant for a delicious and authentic lunch. It’s the perfect opportunity to savor the tasty and typical cuisine of the region. Additionally, feel free to consult your guide for alternative lunch options nearby, considering the preferences of the group.
In Guimarães, get ready for an unforgettable afternoon filled with awe-inspiring sights. Explore the majestic Castle and the stunning Duques de Bragança Palace, immersing yourself in their rich historical details. Discover each room and marvel at their beauty. Afterward, you’ll have free time to enjoy the charm of Guimarães city center, where you can indulge in shopping, take a leisurely stroll, and savor some delicious typical pastries.
After some free time in this beautiful place, we will drive you back to Porto, full of new memories to remember and stories to tell.
The estimated time of arrival to Porto is around 06:00 PM.