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
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
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
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
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.