UNESCO Heritage city of Guimarães, PortugalThe UNESCO Heritage city of Guimarães and its city center, should be on your Portugal's to do list. This granite wonder of north of the country is joyfully alive with locals, who simply catch some much needed winter sun warmth at their doorstep step, or go to the corner communal bakery for some easy neighborhood chit chat. Take your time running through this maze as and check out all the little squares, with the flower pots and drying bed linen.
AFAR Local Expert
almost 6 years ago
Guimarães, northeast of Porto, is considered the birthplace of Portugal, and its historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since 2012—the year it was designated the European Capital of Culture—exhibitions, concerts, performances and other arts events have flourished. The old marketplace was converted into a cultural center that hosts art shows while the 18th-century Vila Flor Palace houses two floors of contemporary works. Don’t miss the Guimarães Castle, where Portugal’s first king was born, and the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza, which dates back to the 15th century.