Monte da Penha
Religious Building and Viewing point in Guimarães
About 7km southeast of Guimarães, accessible by a winding, cobbled road or a short ride on an old cable car, is the forested peak of Penha (617m). It offers a breathtaking view of Guimarães and the surrounding areas, as it is the highest point for kilometers. The cool woods provide an excellent refuge from the city and the summer heat. Children will enjoy exploring the enormous boulders, many of which have steps, flowers and crosses, and secret grottoes.
On the lower slopes of the hill, 1.5km east of Penha’s center, lies the Mosteiro de Santa Marinha da Costa. Dona Mafalda, the wife of Afonso Henriques, commissioned it in 1154 to fulfill a vow she made to the patron saint of pregnant women. It was rebuilt in the 18th century and is now the flagship Pousada de Portugal.
To reach the top of Penha easily and comfortably, take the Teleférico de Penha, which departs from Parque das Hortas, 600m east of Guimarães’ old center. Alternatively, you can take a taxi for around €10. If you’re traveling to Guimarães from Porto for a day trip, you can buy a combined ticket for the train and cable car from Porto’s São Bento railway station, which will save you a few euros.
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Visiting Monte da Penha
Winter: Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays 10 am – 5:15 pm
Adults €7.50, Children €3.50.