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For a truly memorable experience perhaps you want to visit the great city of Guimaraes. This locality is known as the birth place of the nation of Portugal.

Guimaraes is the residence of the 12-Century Don Afonso Henriques, the first king to ever rule this country. This historical centre is home to many famous monuments and homes, and also has recently been marked a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is the birthplace of the Portuguese nation. Of course, everyone who pays a visit to this city always wants to see the castle where he great King Don Afonso Henriques was born. Furthermore, most people who travel to this destination also appreciate the rows of medieval homes that line the narrow streets.
As people make their way through the district of Guimaraes that is very representative of medieval times, they notice the fine detail of each house. For instance, characteristics of these homes that stand out the most are the ornate balconies and magnificent statues.

Snow lies on heights above 750m usually from late November to mids of April, which has allowed the development of the Ski Resort at Penhas da Saúde. Actually several other ski resorts and Snow fun family activities are being build at Serra da Estrela for its value to Portuguese tourism has finally been recognised.

Once passing these residences they may then head towards the spectacular main square. the church of Nossa Senhora de Oliveira are found. In the same vicinity as the Nossa Senhora da Oliveira is where the Alberto Sampaio Museum housed in the beautiful Romanesque cloister can be found. If that is not enough for inquisitive viewing historians, curious visitors might also appreciate the 14th-century Padrão do Salado Gothic shrine.
Of course, one of the most elegant historical structures that still stands in Guimaraes is the Church of St. Francis, which is well known for its 18th-century decorated tiles. In addition to this great architectural masterpiece, visitors who visit here admire many more significant landmarks and buildings
(Largo da Oliveira, The Palace of the Dukes of Bragança (15th century) and so on).

To Some of these other famous buildings and landmarks are located only about 3 miles (5km) from the city itself. Here is found the former monastery of Santa Marinha da Costa (12th century) as well as a chapel, and beautiful gardens that are open to the public. A little further away (about 9 miles/15km from the city), is the Iron Age settlement of Citânia de Briteiros. This by far is one of the most fascinating architectural sites in all of Portugal.

Going Guimaraes is rich with culture, and it has many stories to share. For instance, this city is said to be one that “suffers from a near embarrassment of riches.” What this means is up to great interpretation. As for one story, it is about the dowry paid by Teresa, daughter of the King of León and Castile. Her family purchased the county of Portugal in exchange for Teresa to be married to Henri de Bourgogne a French nobleman to whom Afonso Henrîques (the first king of Portugal) was eventually born.

 In Guimaraes is also a highly industrialized location. It is most known for its production of corn, wine, potatoes and beans. It also is a prime location for the production of sweet preserves and other fine foods. In addition, plenty of activity takes place here. One of the most popular events people enjoy is the Festas Gualterianas at Guimarães, which always usually occurs the first week of August.





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