Discover the principal streets, monuments and history of Guimarães on this free tour. Find out why the city is considered the birthplace of Portugal!
Guimarães Free Tour
At your selected time, we'll meet in front of the Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Guia. From there, we'll start our free tour of the charming city of Guimarães. Your English-speaking guide will take you through the history of this city, declared an UNESCO World Heritage site in 2001 and birthplace of Alfonso I, the first king of Portugal.
We'll walk through the city center, passing by the Church of Nossa Senhora da Oliveira. You'll admire many emblematic temples from the exterior, including the Basilica of São Pedro, the Church of São Francisco and the Church of São Miguel, over 600 years old. Nearby, you'll also see the 10th-century Castle of Guimarães and the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza.
Then, our guide will take us through some of the city's principal streets, like Largo de Santiago, Largo da Misericórdia, Largo de São Damasco and, of course, Largo da Oliveira. On Largo da Oliveira, we'll find Padrão do Salado, a famous monument commemorating a battle between Moors and Christians. Afterward, we'll head to the famous Largo do Toural, considered the heartbeat of the city.
During the tour, you'll also visit medieval city walls, where you'll find a sign that says 'Portugal was born here.' The perfect spot for a souvenir photo!
Next, the group will visit the Martins Sarmento Museum (Sociedade Martins Sarmento), founded in 1881, as well as the area of Couros, where you'll learn all about its significance to the city.
After two hours of touring through Guimarães, we will say goodbye to our guide near the Church of Nossa Senhora da Consolação e Santos Passos.
Free tours do not have a fixed price, rather each person offers the guide the amount they consider appropriate, depending on their level of satisfaction.
Please check local restrictions before traveling. All of our services comply with recommendations to avoid the spread of Covid-19.
The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.
English speaking guide.
When to book?
You can book up until 12 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.
Type of voucher
Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.
Not wheelchair accessible.
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No printing of documentation required.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
If you have any other questions please contact us.
If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Consolação e Santos Passos