Based in Spain since 2006

Guimarães

Day 1

Accommodations: Guimarães (D)

Join us on the Kinder (Gentler) Camino Portgués with Fresco Tours! Our tour starts with a
briefing on our upcoming 10 days on the Camino de Santiago where we will meet our Fresco
Tours guides and the rest of our group. Following an overview of our journey, we’ll explore
Guimarães, renowned as the birthplace of Portugal. Accompanied by a local historian, you’ll
explore the historic district, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Guimaraes Castle
Guimaraes Castle

One of Guimarães’ most iconic landmarks is its medieval castle, erected in the 10th century
on the orders of Mumadona Dias to safeguard the monastery from Moorish and Norse
attacks. Expanded in the 11th century, it became the royal residence in 1139 upon Portugal’s
independence from the Kingdom of León. It was within these walls that the first King of
Portugal, Afonso Henriques, was born in 1100.

Guimaraes
Guimaraes

After an engaging city tour, it’s time to indulge in the local cuisine for dinner before retiring for
a restful night’s sleep in anticipation of our first day on the trail tomorrow!

Vitorino de Piães to Ponte de Lima