8 Hours
Duração
Oporto
Localização

Braga and Guimaraes Tour in the Northern Portugal is about green and lush vegetation, incredible sights, it is about tradition, history and monuments, but also about modernity and development, famous for its historical buildings, monuments, gardens and fountains Braga is a beautiful city in the heart of the green Minho region.

VALUE OF THIS PRIVATE TOUR

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PLACE OF DEPARTUREHotel/Apartment, Oporto
TIME OF DEPARTURE9:00 AM
RETURN TIMEApproximately 6:00 in the afternoon.
INCLUDED
Accredited and exclusive guideBottled Waters
Travel in the water powered elevatorFree Wifi
NOT INCLUDED
Lunch
Entrance Fees

Braga and Guimaraes Tour

Braga in the heart of the Minho region, in the northwest of Portugal, flanked by a landscape of rolling hills and forests, the largest religious center in Portugal, recognized for its baroque churches, splendid manor houses from the 18th century and beautiful parks and gardens.

The old part of the city is solemn, although recent industry and commerce have given rise to a modern and more hectic lifestyle, complemented by local universities, contemporary restaurants and lively bars, not to be missed the Cathedral and the Church Santa Cruz, dating from the 17th century and of course the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary, an important pilgrimage site with its characteristic water-powered elevator.

Guimaraes considered by many to be the birthplace of Portugal, where the first king of Portugal ( Dom Afonso Henriques ) was born, which makes the city inevitably associated with the formation of Portugal, undoubtedly one of the most important cities in the country, and its historic center is considered Cultural Heritage of Humanity, which makes it one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

With a very harmonious and extremely well preserved heritage set shown in its graceful iron balconies, granite balconies and porches, stately homes, arches connecting narrow streets, floor slabs smoothed by time, towers and cloisters.

Place where history and current society merge, since here we find an attractive trade that resists until today, in 2012 Guimaraes was recognized by the European Union as the European Capital of Culture, extremely important in the sustainable cultural, social and economic development of Vimaranense city.

It was also elected by the New York Times newspaper as one of 41 places to visit in 2011 and considered it one of the emerging cultural spots in the Iberian Peninsula and still a European City of Sport in 2013.

Come and visit Braga and Guimarães on our Braga and Guimaraes Tour without leaving your hotel in Oporto

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Minho

Minho is the name of the river that serves as border between the northern Portugal and Galicia in Spain, also the name of the region where a famous wine originated from, that goes by the name of Vinho Verde (Green Wine) and that “stays in the memory of those who drink it” (Portuguese popular saying).

Minho, where history and culture go hand in hand, of green fields, mountains and valleys, with a very important gastronomy as well as sweets.

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Guimaraes

We start unveiling this region by exploring the first capital of the Nation: the city of Guimaraes, World Heritage Site since 2001, located in the sacred hill where a D. Afonso Henriques’ statue appears to be standing on guard (first Portuguese King).

And no better place to start than its Castle (Portugal foundation’s Castle), followed by São Miguel Church and Paço dos Duques de Braganca (Braganca house’s Palace).

Right after we explore the old medieval streets that appear to have left tale of fantasy, ending where beautiful squares reign, like Sao Tiago, Toural and Oliveira. Now it’s time to taste the delicious Santa Clara’s pastry (Pastel de Santa Clara).

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Braga

After lunch, we will visit Braga, a rich and modern city, with a lot of industry, but despite that we still feel that Romans and other civilizations passed through here and left their influences.

On the walls and facades of the 12th Century Cathedral, as well as and inside its predominantly Baroque, the main entrance and the side entrance make the locals use the cathedral to make their way through its busy routines and give the Cathedral an unusual charm, almost familiar that shows the grandeur of that space, where the cross used in the first mass in Brazil is kept.

Admire its magnificent pipe organs, get to know the high choir and the death chapels of some archbishops from Braga where we will find the tombs of the parents of the first king of Portugal (D. Afonso Henriques).

The biggest attractions of the city like Paço Episcopal with its gardens called Santa Bárbara, Largo and Igreja da Cruz and finally Praça da República where you feel the pulse of this vibrant city.

It is much more than a religious or tourist spot, it is part of the life of the people of Braga (nicknames of the residents of Braga).

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Water Powered Lift

Ever imagined being driven by a water-powered elevator using water counterweights, the oldest in the world without ever having known an accident, with a cabin deposit that is at the top of the route is attested of water to, through the difference of weight, make the other cabin go up the slope, the water being emptied when it reaches the foot.

Simple and effective a water tank that fills the upper plane and empties in the lower plane. The amount of water to be placed is determined by the passengers, at the time of departure, the driver of the lower cabin informs the superior by a sound signal the number of passengers in that cabin and it fills the tank with an amount of water according to these information.
The weight of the water, together with the weight of the passengers, causes this cabin to descend and from the opposite side to the cabin with new passengers.

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Bom Jesus - Sanctuary

The Bom Jesus Park, surrounded by an exuberant forest built in the 18th and 19th centuries, with different architectural styles between Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical.

Composed of several chapels of the Via Sacra and the Church, a monumental staircase punctuated by statues and symbolic fountains, this model had wide repercussions in Portugal and Brazil.

This Sanctuary of Bom Jesus served as inspiration for countless constructions worldwide, Bom Jesus de Congonhas, in Brazil, the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, in Lamego, among others.

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Tour Reviews

16 August, 2017

“A five star private tour from Walkborder on three occasions.”

Walk border collect us from our cruise ship and tailor make a family/ group tour to suit us. Since 2010 Hugo has taken us twice and Josef once. Both speak excellent English, are very knowledgeable about Portugal and it’s history, and both are so very kind – nothing is too much for them. This tour is tailor made, they make suggestions and you can be driven or walk about as much as you require to places of interest. As well as the old town with its views over Lisbon, the town square, the park and the churches you get places of interest thrown in that only locals would know about, for example the bakery that has been making special custard tarts (sampled) which were the secret recipe of the nuns and a truly Portugese fish restaurant for lunch.
They will take you to other places of interest if required outside of Lisbon.

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