Barcelos, Braga and Guimarães Tour from Esposende

Cultural & Theme Tours in Barcelos
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Tour description

During this private tour you discover the historic center of Barcelos, famous for its colorful ceramics, medieval monuments and for creating Portugal’s national symbol - the rooster.On Thursdays you can get involved in one of the oldest and biggest markets in Portugal.In Braga, you will find a religious city with more than 2000 years of history. You will visit Portugal’s oldest cathedral, the famous sanctuary and ancient attractions such as the 14th-century Castle of Braga and the ´Arco da Porto Nova´.Discover the delightful medieval centre of Guimarães. You will see why the historical center city -the birthplace of the nation- was warranted as UNESCO World Heritage .Besides the beautiful center city you will also visit the castle that accommodated the Counts of Portugal during the 10th and 11th century and the 15th century Palace of the ´Duques de Braganza`.

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Campo da FeiraOn Thursdays you have the possibility to visit the biggest market of Portugal. This market takes place right in the center of Barcelos. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Church of Senhor da CruzWe will visit this baroque church with its lovely blue tiles and golden carvings. This church is known for its legend about a dark wooden cross. Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Torre do Cimo da Vila, Barcelos, Braga District, Northern PortugalOne of the old city doors. On the top of the tower you have an beautiful view on the baroque gardens and the marketsquare. Inside of the tower there is an interesting artcraft expositions from local artists. Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Igreja Matriz da Paroquia de Santa Maria Maior, Barcelos, Braga District, Northern PortugalWe will visit the main church which is the oldest church in the city. Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Museu Arqueologico de Barcelos, Barcelos, Braga District, Northern PortugalHere you will discover the legend of the rooster and see the original cross from the legend.There are also some other interesting artifacts found all over the city.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Ponte Medieval de Barcelos, Barcelos, Braga District, Northern PortugalEnjoy the lovely view on the Medieval bridge from the 15th century castle of the duke of Bragança. Duration: 10 minutesPass By: Arco Da Porta NovaWe will start our citywalk in Braga entering by the old citygate. Stop At: Braga CathedralWe will visit the main church of the city. Parts of this church are even older than Portugal itself.In one of the chapels of this cathedral you will find the tumuls of the parents of the first King of Portugal.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Garden of Santa BarbaraWander around in the Gardens of Santa Barbara and enjoy the flowers of the season.Duration: 10 minutesPass By: Praca da Republica, Braga, Braga District, Northern PortugalOn the central square of Braga -where the ´old locals´ gather around to socialize- you will see a mix of interesting architure from different periods. Pass By: Torre de Menagem, Braga, Braga District, Northern PortugalYou will pass by the remainings of the 11th century castle part of the old city wall.Stop At: Bom Jesus do Monte, Braga, Braga District, Northern PortugalThe sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte is famous for its extensive staircase and its lovely gardens.Here you will enjoy the beautiful scenery with a spectacular view over the city of Braga.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Sameiro SanctuaryEnjoy the silence at the most peacefull sanctuary of Braga. The sanctuary is build in neoclassical style and is the the largest Marian devotional shrine in Portugal, second only to the Sanctuary of Fátima. Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Guimarães CastleFrom the top of the mountains in Braga you will drive to Guimarães, the cradle of the nation, here you will discover the castle where the first King of Portugal was born and the chapel where he was baptised.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Paco dos Duques de Braganca, Guimaraes, Braga District, Northern PortugalThe Palace of the Dukes of Bragança was built in the 15th century by D. Afonso. He was the ´illegitimate´ son of King João I. We will also visit the museum on the first floor of the palace with a collection of national and international antiques. Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Igreja de Sao Miguel do Castelo, Guimaraes, Braga District, Northern PortugalAccording to the legend the first king of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques, was baptized here. The presumed baptismal font that was used in the ceremony is kept here.Duration: 5 minutesPass By: Centro Historico de Guimaraes, Guimaraes, Braga District, Northern PortugalFrom the palace of the dukes we will walk though the typical narrow streets of the city. We will follow the ´street of santa maria´, and visit the 2 famous squares ´Praça de San Tiago´ and ´Largo de Oliveira´. Stop At: Praca de S. Tiago, Guimaraes, Braga District, Northern PortugalThe charming square of San Tiago is marked by the presence of the old City Hall building and some residencial buildings from the 17th and 18th century. Duration: 5 minutesStop At: Largo da Oliveira, Guimaraes, Braga District, Northern PortugalThe typical Largo da Oliveira is named after a miracle with a 500 years old olivetree what was situated on the square.The square is surrounded by some 17th century traditional ´Porch Houses´ and the ´Nossa Senhora da Oliveira´ Church. In the middle of the square there is a porch called "Padrão do Salado".The porch referes to the succesfull battle of Salado in the 14th century. Duration: 10 minutes

What's included

  • Bottled water and softdrinks
  • Snacks (Candybars)
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Braga Cathedral
  • Entry/Admission - Bom Jesus do Monte
  • Entry/Admission - Guimarães Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Paco dos Duques de Braganca

What's not included

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Entrance fees, unless specified
  • Lunch