After an excitement day at Porto, let’s have an leisure day trip to the historic center of Guimaraes. This visit will helps you to calm down and provide you a tranquil day. The best way to visit this town is via train, departing from the famous Sao Bento train station. Look at the photo below, doesn’t it permeate its unique charm?
Nossa Senhora da Consolacao church
The name of this church might be abit long but it’s worth your visit. Look at its unique design at the photo below. There are also colorful flowers decorating the small garden in front of the church. Such a tranquil atmosphere at this historic center. You will definitely feel the peace within yourself.
You can also walk around the square around this town for some leisure sightseeing. For example, Praca de Santiago square for a cup of coffee while enjoying the peacefulness offers by Guimaraes. After refilling your energy, it’s time for your next destination!
Guimaraes Castle, Palace of the Dukes
This ancient castle offers you some great collection that is quite unique. I especially like one of its room roof, very special and made from wood. It looks like a upside down ship structure to me. It also has a very large size carpet hanging for display at one of its hall. These two highlights are as shown by photos below.
Penha hill lookout point
Lastly, you can take a cable car ride to the top of Penha hill for this historic center lookout point. There is also another church with a small garden on top of the hill for your sauntering. Look at the photo below, the church is visible at the center of the photo.
I found something special along the cable car ride! Look at the photo below, does this beautiful house triggers any of your memory browsing through some architectural design magazine?
This is the church you will be visiting located at the hilltop when you exit from the cable car station. It’s a totally serene place on the hilltop and you can just relax yourself there.
This should be the last point of interest in Guimaraes. I wish you find peace and joy during this historic center visit. Goodbye!