AS Express Ceide
Autopista A7, Km 5.15, Area de Ceide, Vilanova de Famalicao, Guimaraes 4760, Portugal
More about Guimarães
Porto: Clerigos Church tower
Free Guimaraes map
Penha: Grotto of St. Elias
Cable car to Penha
Guimaraes to ENTROCAMENTO
Im going to the game Italy vs Denmark this night and I have 2 questions:
I1) I want to go by car, from Madrid, i would like to know ihow long would it take, if i need to stay for a while in the border, or iftheres a big line in it ?
2) if i go by train i need to be in entrocamento at 23:00 do any of you know if there`s a bus available after 7:00 pm ??
thank you all
Re: Guimaraes to ENTROCAMENTO
1) The borders are closed now and will remain during the Euro, so you hsould expect to wait some time on the border. I should take about 7-8 hours to get from Madrid to Guimarães. I will assume you will enter Portugal by Vilar Formoso; follow A25/IP5 to Aveiro, then take A1 to Porto; at Porto follow A3 to Braga and then on the way follow A7 or A11 (I am not sure) to Guimarães.
2) I tried to check the site to see the bus schedule but it is down. If you wish, you can check it later: www.rede-expressos.pt
Hope you have a nice trip!
Travel Tips for Guimarães
Guimarães is a pleasant city to visit. Main must sees of the so-called birthplace of Portugal are the castle, the palace and the church of S. Miguel, all situated in the same area. Also, the historic centre classified by Unesco as World Heritage site should not be missed.
Apart from the spots in the historic centre listed by Unesco, there are also several beautiful churches in Guimarães, such as the Church of S. Gualter, Church of S. Pedro and Church of N. Sra. da Oliveira.
Other characteristic that pleased me a lot in Guimarães were the quiet squares in less touristy areas of the historic centre. These small squares have benches shaded by big trees, and are covered by tree leaves, which were turning yellow/brown when I visited in October.
Unesco World Heritage site
In 2001 Guimarães historic centre was declared World Heritage site by Unesco. The classified area comprises the street D. Maria, Praça de Santiago (Square of Santiago) and also Praça do Toural (Square of Toural).
In these squares and street you will come across fine examples of manor houses and also some nice typical architecture of Guimarães, some of which were recovered and are extremely well preserved.
Be sure to eat breakfast before you go!!!
As elsewhere in the region, it is virtually impossible to find a place serving a full meal before noon. So have a breakfast, or you will be limited to a few places serving cheap small sandwiches or tea/ coffee with a pastry.
Braga is the capital city of this district. It is a pleasant city to visit, both the centre where you may follow the “Baroque Route” or the “Roman Route” to discover churches, buildings and ruins, according to the path you decide to follow.
Also, a bit off the city (about 6km) there are important main sees: the Bom Jesus sanctuary (Baroque masterpiece, one of my favourite in Portugal for this kind of place) and Sameiro. If visiting these sanctuaries I would advise to avoid weekends or holidays as it is somewhat touristy.
Braga is situated about 22 km from Guimarães.
The São Miguel Castle and The Dukes Palace
The Castle has an enormous square tower, constructed in the X century to stop the Moorish and Normans attacks. Two centuries later, it was enlarged by Henrique de Borgonha.
The Dukes Palace was build in the XV century by D. Afonso, the 1st Duke of Bragança.
When the Braganças' family moved to Vila Viçosa, there was nothing left inside the Palace.
In 1933, the Palace was renewed and transformed in the Presidentes's oficial residence.
In the Palace's interior we may see beautiful tapestries and Persian carpets, and others pieces of art.
Popular Hotels in Guimarães
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