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Guimarães, the birthplace of Portugal

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I must say that Guimarães is one of my favourite cities in Portugal. Since 2012, the year in which it was the European Capital of Culture, there is a boost of cultural events such as exhibitions, concerts, performances and so on. Guimarães is considered to be the birthplace of Portugal and the Historic Centre is an UNESCO site. Many reasons to visit this city located in North of Portugal, close to Porto. Of course, let’s not forget the gastronomy like the Guimarães pies, which is a caloric bomb.
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Largo do Toural N 116, 4810-427 Guimarães, Portugal
This beautiful and ancient hotel, dating from the 19th century, is perfectly located in Guimarães centre, at Largo do Toural. It’s close to the Castle, to the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança and next to the historic centre, which is considered a...
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R. Conde Dom Henrique 3, 4800 Guimarães, Portugal
The Palace of the Dukes of Bragança is a National Monument of the 15th century (classified in 1910), built by King Afonso; with architectural features of a fortified house and several cylindrical chimneys. Unfortunately it was abandoned for...
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R. Alfredo Guimarães 39, 4810-250 Guimarães, Portugal
José Saramago, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, has considered this museum as one of the most beautiful museums he knows. The museum is close to the Largo da Oliveira and offers exhibitions of jewellery (12th to 19th century), sculpture...
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R. Conde Dom Henrique, 4800 Guimarães, Portugal
The construction of the castle was ordered by the widow Countess Mumadona, in the 10th century. The castle was built in order to serve as a refuge for the population, who was suffering from constant attacks from the Moors and Normans. Several...
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Av. Conde de Margaride 175, 4810-535 Guimarães, Portugal
A modern building in the old market area, built for the European Capital of Culture in 2012. There are several rooms displaying temporary and permanent exhibitions. The permanent exhibition is a collection belonging to José de Guimarães, a...
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Largo Domingos Leite de Castro, Lugar da Costa, 4810-011 Guimarães, Portugal
Located in the hills, Pousada Santa Marinha overlooks the city. Even if you are not a guest, it’s possible to visit the common rooms and the gardens. Inside, you should appreciate the panels of tiles and the cloisters of this building that used to...
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Av. Dom Afonso Henriques 701, 4810-431 Guimarães, Portugal
A Palace built in the middle of the 18th century and a Cultural Centre built in 2005. The palace houses temporary exhibitions while the Cultural Centre has two auditoriums for events, a Café Concerto and a restaurant. The palace is adorned by...
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Montanha da Penha, Guimarães, Norte, 4810 Guimarães, Portugal
At the top of the mountain (around 600 meters high), which can be reached by car, cable car, bus, bike or why not walking; you will find the Shrine of Our Lady of Penha which was inaugurated in 1947. What is also to be appreciated here is the...