Braga and Guimarães Day Trip from Porto

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Discover the beauty of one ofPortugal' sless crowded regions on this full-day guided tour of Minho from Porto. Located in the north of Portugal, Minho is known for its bucolic rural landscape, lush terrain, vineyards and delicious cuisine . On this experience you can add a delicious lunch at a local Portuguese restaurant , which will delight even the most discerning diners.

The activity will last about 9 hours, which you will spend visiting the two main cities of the area, Guimaraes and Braga. Throughout the activity, you will be accompanied by an expert guide, thanks to whom you will learn about the history and culture of the places you will pass through. An ideal activity to get to know one of the most beautiful and less known areas of the Portuguese country.

  • Visit the region of Minho and get to know its two most famous cities, Guimaraes and Braga.
  • Learn, accompanied by an expert guide, about the history and culture of these two cities.
  • Enjoy a lunch of excellent local Portuguese food (in case you have selected the option)

What’s included

  • Excursion to Braga
  • Excursion to Guimarães
  • Expert guide
  • Tickets to Braga Cathedral

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Step by Step

On this tour you will have the opportunity, for around 9 hours, to travel by comfortable transport to the Minho region in the north of Portugal. This region is known for its beautiful rural landscapes, its vineyards and its delicious local gastronomy. The activity also includes a visit to the two most important cities of the region, Braga and Guimaraes .

You will be accompanied by an expert guide, from whom you will learn many interesting facts about Minho and its cities. At midday, if you decide to choose this option, you will stop for lunch at a local restaurant, where you can enjoy the delicious cuisine of the region and learn more about the culture of the area through its gastronomy.

Some of the main places you will visit during the tour, in Braga and Guimaraes, are the following:

  • Bom Jesus Funicular: it is a transport system in Braga that takes its inhabitants from the base of the hill to the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary. Inaugurated in 1882, it is one of the oldest funiculars in the world and has a length of 116 metres and an inclination of 42%.
  • Se de Braga: built in Romanesque style in the 12th century, it is considered one of the oldest cathedrals in the country . The building has an impressive façade with twin towers and a rose window, while the interior features the Chapel of the Kings, the main altar and the sacristy, which houses an important collection of sacred art.
  • Guimaraes Castle: a medieval fortification dating back to the 10th century. It was built to defend the city against Norman and Saracen attacks. Nowadays, it is one of the main tourist attractions of Guimaraes and houses a museum that tells the history of Portugal.
  • Church of San Miguel do Castelo: dates back to the 13th century and was built on the ruins of an ancient Romanesque chapel. It is known for its beautiful stained glass windows and for being the site of the marriage of the first king of Portugal, Afonso Henriques, in the 12th century.
  • Historic centre of Guimarães: it is an area of great historical value that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001 . It is characterised by its narrow cobbled streets, colourful traditional houses and numerous historical monuments. It is an ideal place to enjoy Portuguese architecture, culture and gastronomy.

At the end of the activity, you will be taken back to the original starting point, as it is a round trip.

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    Ulises
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    We really enjoyed seeing the beautiful views of the ancient monuments and churches in both cities.
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    Giselle
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    The tour guide was amazing! Very knowledgeable and entertaining! The restaurant was beautiful and the food was delicious and plentiful!
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    Flor
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    Both cities are full of historical and religious monuments. Great lunch also
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    Livia
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    Very well organized tour, our guide was great, very nice and pleasant girl, she did not tire of explaining everything in detail.
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