Fundador Hotel

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

Av. Dom Afonso Henriques 740, Guimaraes, Northern Portugal, Portugal
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Transportation from Porto and "the safety question"

by nomad7890

Have decided to visit Guimaraes as a side trip from Porto.

Is it easy to get from Porto to Guimaraes? It appears that the train connections change, so I do not know if there is a better way.

Once in Guimaraes, is it also a place where tourists get hassled? Is it OK to go as a woman traveling alone using public transportation?

There is an option of a tour that goes to Braga and Guimaraes (yuk) - but I will consider it if going on my own will be a hassle.

Any experiences/advise/suggestions?

Re: Transportation from Porto and "the safety question"

by unaS

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Re: Transportation from Porto and "the safety question"

by cachaseiro

my guess is that the bus will be a better option there as in most of portugal, but i have not been there by public transport, so i can't say it for sure.

and you are not likely to get hassled in guimaraes.
it's a very quiet and laid back town with no big tourist crowds and the people of northern portugal are in general a very quiet and polite bunch who tend to leave people to themselves.

Re: Transportation from Porto and "the safety question"

by cubsur

There is a good train service between Porto and Guimaraes which I have used. The journey takes a little over an hour. It is a pleasant journey as well!

The timetable is here

http://www.cp.pt/StaticFiles/Imagens/PDF/Passageiros/horarios/urbanos_porto_2007/porto_ermesinde_guimaraes.pdf

The one-way fare is 2.15€.

You will not be hassled in Guimaraes; it is a very pleasant and historic city.

Re: Transportation from Porto and "the safety question"

by nomad7890

Thank you Claus and cubsur!

Re: Transportation from Porto and "the safety question"

by MadWebSurfer

Travel from Oporto to Guimarães by train is your best option.
You'll arrive at train station in Guimaraes and just have to go down a street (200/300 metres) and you will be in the centre of the historic city of Guimarães.
Guimaraes is a small town, and very safe, you don't have to worry.
I recomend you to walk trought the streets of the "Centro Histórico" (classified World Heritage by UNESCO).
Go to the Tourist Office at Santiago Square, they have a MP3 readers to guide through the historical centre.
More info:
http://www.guimaraesturismo.com/home_en

Have a nice time in Guimarães!

Re: Transportation from Porto and "the safety question"

by nomad7890

Thank you! Obrigada!

Re: Transportation from Porto and "the safety question"

by qrestina

I enjoyed a lot being in Guimarães, some time ago. But, have you considered going to Aveiro? Nice place as well. But, that's just a personal opinion. ;)

Re: Transportation from Porto and "the safety question"

by nomad7890

I'll check out Aveiro. Could you advise what makes it nice / nicer?

Re: Transportation from Porto and "the safety question"

by nomad7890

ohhh, Aveiro looks beautiful - now I'm in trouble again ;=) but it's all the way opposite to Guimaraes ... agggh!

Re: Transportation from Porto and "the safety question"

by qrestina

:D

In my personal opinion, I would go to Aveiro. Guimarães is a nice city and has the castel as well. But I think that it isn't an overwhelming city.

Aveiro has the canals in the city and the "moliceiro" boats... and you can also ride free bicycles in the city center (they're called BUGA), and go see where the salt is made ("salinas" in portuguese). In the city center, you also have buildings in art nouveau.

The beaches in the surrounding area (Praia da Barra, Costa Nova) are nice as well.

Re: Transportation from Porto and "the safety question"

by qrestina

And if you like sweets, you must try the delicatessen called "ovos moles"

http://www.flickr.com/photos/83191577@N00/366269458/

Re: Transportation from Porto and "the safety question"

by cachaseiro

i'm a little opposite here.
i think aveiro is pleasant and nice, but not nearly as stunning and charming as guimaraes.

Re: Transportation from Porto and "the safety question"

by nomad7890

Aveiro looks just perfect - I love places next to the ocean, but I think I'll go to Guimaraes for this trip, and build a different itinerary around Aveiro on the following trip.

Thanks !

Travel Tips for Guimarães

Great place to stay.

by ennah

We went for a trip to beautiful Guimaràes and stayed at Residencial Trinas for 2 nights.It is right in the heart of the old town. The service was great, it is VERY clean and with lots of breakfast.We will sure be back, when ever in Guimaràes.
The best thing in Guimaràes, is just walking around in all the old streets. If you need help, just ask. People is here, like in all Portugal, very helpful and will show you the way or even go with you. My fondest memory is the helpful people and the beauty of the town.

The cradle of Portugal

by micas_pt

Guimarães is commonly referred to as the cradle of Portugal. The reason for this is that D. Afonso Henriques rebelled against his mother – D. Teresa, a Spanish noble from the kingdom of Castilla y Leon – and won the battle against her that took place in S. Mamede (Guimarães) in 1128. He “won” the county and later on he declared a new kingdom called “Condado Portucalense” (from which derived the name of Portugal) and proclaimed himself king of the new kingdom (1139). Guimarães was declared the capital of the new kingdom.

Tiles

by AndyRG

This historical city, as natural, has got plenty of decorative tiles in many places, a characteristic of the portuguese decoration. The use of it has been accentuated by Brazilian emigrants in the 19th century.

Mountain Biking in Penha - Guimaraes

by luisfontao

Penha Mountain have some of the greatest trails you can ride in the Region (specially downhill). If you doing a bike trip this is a place to"must"go.

The teleferico (mountain cable-car) has bike carrying cars.

There are local bike shops, and usually lots of riders (specially on weekends) that can ride with you along the trails. Bike, helmet, gloves and money :D.

Geres

by micas_pt

Geres is a cosy little village that has grown due its thermal water properties. The village is situated on a valley and while walking past main street you will see green slops around you. Near Geres village is the beautiful National Park Peneda-Geres, that spreads over a wide area of about 700 square km. It is a protected area, which means that there are some activities that are restricted. The Park is a delimited area in terms of map, but actually there is no entrance to it. While visiting the park, by car or trekking, you will come across beautiful green landscapes, enchanted water falls and dam.

For more information see my Geres page.

Geres is situated about 60 km from Braga; although it may not be considered near the National Park will surely compensate the effort.

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