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.
By Rita Alves, AFAR Local Expert
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