Guimarães, a city located in the North of Portugal, it is one of the most important historical cities in the country, with a crucial role in the formation of Portugal. Its Historic Center is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, making it definitely one of the largest tourist centers in the region. Its medieval streets and monuments breathe history and delight those who visit it.
The city of Guimarães is often referred to as the “Cradle of the Nation” because D. Afonso Henriques, 1st King of Portugal, was born here and because of its historical importance in the formation of the country. “Here Portugal was born", this phrase engraved on a piece of medieval walls in the center of the city, fully demonstrates that we are in one of the most important historical cities in Portugal. It is a city full of stories and architectural treasures to get to know. It was named Capital European Culture in 2012 and classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2001. A perfect visit for lovers of medieval cities.
Departure from the Hotel towards the city of Guimarães, here we will visit:
The Castle of Guimarães, one of the best known and most visited monuments in Portugal, and where D. Afonso Henriques, the 1st King of Portugal, was born and grew up. This 10th Century Castle tells the story of the Nation;
The Chapel of S. Miguel, this is where D. Afonso Henriques was baptized in 1106 ;
The Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, classified as a national monument, this palace functions as a museum;
We continue with the visit to Guimarães, visiting Largo de Oliveira and Praça de Santiago;
Return to the Hotel.